Master Artists

Making Rope

Jesús Garcia connects people to the Sonoran Desert past and present with horsehair and plant fiber Interview by Casely Coan Born and raised in Sonora, Mexico, with ranching and farming parents, Jesús Garcia learned horsehair and agave fiber rope “reata” from his father and other residents from his hometown of…

Listening All the Time

Karen Falkenstrom on building taiko drums, creating community, and passing on tradition. Interview by Eryka Dellenbach Karen Falkenstrom (she/they) is a taiko drum maker and performer from Tucson, Arizona. Co-founder of Odaiko Sonora, Tucson’s Japanese drumming ensemble, Karen has been building Japanese drums for over 20 years and is recognized…

Fine-tuned Listening

Andrea Hoag on the intricacies of Swedish fiddle traditions and practice Interview by Eryka Dellenbach Andrea Hoag is an accomplished player of the Swedish fiddle from Tucson, Arizona by way of Seattle, Washington. Surrounded by Scandinavian community and traditional practices, Andrea learned to fiddle from Swedish Elders who learned from…

Thinking like a Folklorist

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