Baqueanos is a program to develop and grow the audience for traditional Latin American harp music. The program provides logistic and material support to performers and to collaborators in presentation of public concerts, school presentations, workshops, restaurant entertainment, etc. For widest reach to the public, events are mostly admission-free or no-cover-charge, with revenues coming mainly from donations and sale of recordings. Any group or individual may negotiate sponsorship of a private or public performance.

Three aspects of the Baqueanos program are:

  1. Logistic and Material Support for qualified Latin American harpists wishing to perform in North America;
  2. Assistance to groups and Individuals who will sponsor Latin American harp events in North America; and
  3. 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 may apply for Baqueanos program support. Applicants 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. Logistic support can include booking and scheduling; publcity; hospitality; and other services as needed. Material support may or may not include the granting of financial support.

Baqueanos tours are regularly scheduled three times a year (Spring, Summer, and Autumn). Historically, Baqueanos tour have been in the Eastern US, centered upon the state of West Virginia. 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, jl@harpingforharmony.org providing 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

The Baqueanos program invites collaboration of US groups and individuals interested in Spanish language, Latin American traditional music, and cultural diversity education. A first step might be to review the works of some qualified performers listed on the linked page of artist profiles. The Baqueanos 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.

Please address inquiries by email addressed to John Lozier, jl@harpingforharmony.org. Provide a brief profile of the sponsor, or may receive initiatives from the Baquianos program. Inquirers should briefly identify themselves, and offer a suggested time and place for an event. 

3. My Own Live Program

(by John Lozier)

I call myself a harper for harmony, and 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 Baqueanos program bloomed in 2017, when I organized a 3-week tour with Colombian harpist Hildo Ariel. On that tour, he called me his baqueano (a guide, a local person with intimate knowledge of a territory and its people).  Roots of the program reach back to 2014, when I studied with Hildo Ariel in Bogotá, at his music school, Academia Llano y Joropo. He was my baqueano, I returned the favor, and now I am baqueano for others. 

My program is not a concert but a live-demonstration and lecture-workshop on Latin American harp style, technique and repertoire. My main motive is to inform and perhaps to recruit collaborators who will help to sponsor full-scale public events with traditional Latin American harpists. Obviously, my objectives include soliciting material and financial support for the Baquianos program, and I may requires hospitality or travel expenses, but I require no fee. 

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 of $200 per day for school programs can be reduced or waived entirely when it is timed to publicize and promote a public event on the same or a following day. Wide experience has shown that children will carry messages to their families at home.

Contact me, John Lozier, by email jl@harpingforharmony.org or phone 304-276-5141.