What do you hope audiences take away from these performances?
SSM: This repertoire can be both inspiring and fun. I hope we provide audiences with a view of how both churches and street musicians celebrated the season. We hope to make them travel to unknown lands with their imagination through music.
Any favorite holiday traditions?
LM: Growing up and attending traditional Posadas was incredibly fun. Eating tamales, drinking ponche (a spiced warm drink made with fruits and sugar cane) and breaking piñatas surrounded by family and friends was the perfect way of starting the holiday season.
SSM: The food!: La Hallaca, pan con jamón, ensalada de gallina, pernil!
[If you’d like to try making ponche at home, Lucìa recommends this recipe!]
Can you share a favorite holiday memories?
LM: While in college, I was part of an a cappella ensamble created by some friends and myself. During the Christmas holidays we would sing villancicos and carols in small towns outside of the Mexico City and at some hospitals. It was always very special and touching to share this music full of joy and hope with less fortunate ones and people going through hard moments.
SSM: The Holiday gatherings at my grandmother’s house usually became both food feasts and music parlors in which both my sister and I entertained our guests with Christmas Villancicos to cheer up and often asked family members and friends to join in singing and/or playing the most unusual percussion items such as a cheese grinder.
What are your favorite holiday songs or carols to sing?
My favorites include
“Tun, tun, quien es? gente de paz
” (Knock, Knock, who’s there…we come in peace), which is a very funny Christmas villancico in which people go from door to door to sing, then it causes to much noise so the police shows up but they end up joining in food and singing! Another is “Al llegar aquí”
(when we arrive), which is a villancico about celebrating the New Year. And another one is “Fuego al cañón
” (fire to the canon) a traditional villancico about celebrating Christmas loudly!