A baquiano, in rural Venezuela and Colombia, is
a person with an intimate knowledge of a region and its people.
Strangers are sized up, and welcomed (or not) by a baquiano.
Baquianos is a program to develop and grow the audience for traditional Latin American harp music in North America. The program offers logistic and material support to performers and to collaborators in presentation of public concerts, school presentations, workshops, restaurant entertainment, etc. To reach a wide audience, events are intended to be mostly admission-free or no-cover-charge. Revenues come mainly from donations and sale of recordings. Any group or individual may sponsor a private or public performance.
Three aspects of the Baquianos program are:
- Logistic and Material Support for qualified Latin American harpists wishing to perform in North America;
- Assistance to groups and Individuals who will sponsor Latin American harp events in North America; and
- Promotional Programs, no fee required, by harper for harmony John Lozier; these events are a mix of live performance and presentation of audio-visual resources, designed to display the appeal and diversity of Latin American harp traditions.
1. Logistic and Material Support for Latin American Harpists
Qualified Latin American harpists can be new and aspiring young musicians, or established professionals, or skilled amateurs. The harpist should be capable of delivering an hour-long concert, workshop or entertainment, and should have a CD recording that can be sold for revenue.
Logistic support can include booking and scheduling; publicity; hospitality; and other services as needed. Material support may or may not include the granting of financial support.
Baquianos tours are targeted for three times a year (Spring, Summer, and Autumn). In past years, Baquianos tours have been in West Virginia and the Eastern US. However, opportunities can be considered in any US or North American location and any time of the year.
Apply by email letter to John Lozier, firstname.lastname@example.org. Provide a personal profile; proposed dates and tour locations; recommendations or references; and sample recordings or links to audio or video online.
(Nota: su aplicación puede ser en español o en inglés.)
2. Assistance to US Groups and Individuals
Likely collaborators are US groups and individuals interested in Spanish language, Latin American traditional music, and cultural diversity education. Potential collaboratores are invited to review the work of some qualified performers listed on the linked page of artist profiles. The Baquianos program can offer logistic support including publicity; scheduling of events; local transportation; accommodations and hospitality; English language interpretation; and any other required services. Also available may be financial grants to match other sponsorship.
Inquiries: John Lozier, email@example.com. Provide a brief profile of the sponsor, and a suggested time and place for a proposed event.
3. My Own Live Program
(by John Lozier)
I call myself a harper for harmony. You can read my "backstory" here. In a nutshell,
I want to present my own live program and I do not require a fee!
The Baquianos program bloomed in 2017 out of a 3-week tour with Colombian harpist Hildo Ariel. On that tour, he called me his baquiano, a term that identifies a local person with intimate knowledge of a territory and its people. (Hildo Ariel had been my baquiano in Bogota in 2014, when I spent three weeks at his music school, Academia Llano y Joropo.)
My program is a live-demonstration and lecture-workshop on Latin American harp style, technique and repertoire. It is not a concert. My main purpose is to inform and recruit collaborators who may help to sponsor full-scale public events. Also, of course, my objectives include soliciting material and financial support for the Baquianos program.
School programs: In a school setting at any level, my program can enrich classes in music, Spanish language, social studies, or even math and science (ratios, vibration). A customary fee for school programs is $200 per day. This fee can be reduced or waived entirely when it is timed as part of promoting of a public event on the same or a following day. (Experience has shown that children will carry messages to their families at home.)
Contact me, John Lozier, by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 304-276-5141.