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Los californios® include:
Accordion and Vocals
Los californios® received a People in Preservation Award from
Save Our Heritage Organization for these accomplishments.
Historical photograph by Irene Welch Garner.
In the 1950s folk dance academia found itself to be part of the Physical Education curriculum.
Two prominent collectors kept the music and dance alive during this period.
Lucille K. Czarnowski
(1897-1985) was on the faculty of the University of California at Berkeley from 1923-1973. Her
groundbreaking book, Dances of Early California Days, influenced, and continues to influence,
generations of dancers.
And many people who today know the 19th-century californio dances and dance music can
credit Al Pill (1924-1998), who
dedicated much of his life to keeping californio and Mexican traditional dance
alive. He taught at California State University at Fullerton until 1988. Late in his life, he was acutely aware
of the need to make sure that his dances did not die with him, and reached out to younger persons able to carry
on the traditions.
Another of those links with the past was Luis Goena of Santa Barbara (1928-2014). A student at one time of
Luis made folk music come alive in Santa Barbara for several generations of dancers, including a suite of californio
with his group Los parientes.
This energetic new CD recording by Los californios® features the songs
collected at Rancho Camulos by Charles Fletcher Lummis from members of the del Valle family household.
to see the cover, and to read the album notes and words to songs.
Music of Early California |
El ciego Melquíades Rodríguez
Songs from Rancho Camulos |
Villa Family |
Francisco Amate |
Original autographed photo by Charles Fletcher Lummis,
of Charles Fletcher Lummis
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service mark belonging to San Diego Friends of Old-Time Music, Inc.,
a California non-profit corporation.
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