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Rubén Luengas Pérez — Oaxaca, Mexico

Builds and plays the Bajo Quinto guitar. An instrument of Baroque heritage that was once common in Tezoatlán de Segura y Luna, Oaxaca. Ruben’s hometown. He’s the conductor of the successful Pasatono Orchestra. A project dedicated to investigating, composing, playing and reviving the music from the Mixteca region of Oaxaca.Rubén and his orchestra have played at the Lincoln Center in New York, Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., National Center for the Arts (CENART) in México City, Getty museum in Los Angeles CA and in several communities around the state of Oaxaca including El Jicaral, Coicoyán de las Flores and Yucuquimi de Ocampo.

Joel Antonio Vásquez González — Tlacolula, Mexico

Classically trained pianist and organist. He holds an administrative position at the “Instituto de Órganos Históricos de Oaxaca.” The non-profit organization in charge of restoring and promoting the outstanding collection of seventy-two baroque pipe organs spread thru out the state of Oaxaca. But Joel is not tied to desk duties, he is the person in charge of teaching the new generations how to play these church organs. “They are being restored so that the public can actually hear them and not simply to be on display like museum pieces. They are used for cultural and ecclesiastical events every week.”