WHO WE ARE
Mexico Beyond Mariachi was created 15 years ago to address the needs of NYC communities to know more about traditional Mexican performance culture beyond what they knew as Baile Folklorico*
What seemed so obvious was being overlooked! While Mexican influence is all around us, what do people really know about the traditions of Mexico’s music and dance culture, the stories legends and myths that are interwoven with their orgins, and how do we effectively communicate that knowledge to young audiences?
Responding to that need, MBM worked with a select group of artists in Mexico, as well as those practicing their art here in the United States, to create in-depth arts in education and school performance programs. As a result of that initiative we’ve reached over 100,00 students in over 250 schools and community venues on the East Coast.
Building on that success, in 2015 MBM mounted a full scale touring show for performing arts centers to further help tell the story to young audiences and families nationwide. Sold out shows at major performing arts centers and international children’s festivals have informed us that the time is now to reach new audiences with our message of equity, tolerance and unity.
*Baile Foklorico is a stylized form which incorporate elements of ballet that was created in the early 20th century by Amalia Hernandez to theatricalize folk traditions.
Peter Basil Bogdanos
(Co-founder, Executive Director)
Narrator, Jarana, Percussion
A son of immigrant families, Peter is a multi-faceted percussionist who has worked with major figures in flamenco, hip-hop, jazz, salsa, rock and everything in between. Over the past 20 years he has performed across the US and the world while spending significant time in Mexico studying regional cultural traditions. Peter has a unique capacity for communicating with audiences, helping them feel informed, involved and excited about Mexican culture. Peter’s vision of creating a group that showcases Mexico’s vast cultural expression in music and dance is one of the driving forces in the ensemble.
(Co-founder, Artistic Director)
Dance, Flute, Percussion, Vocals
A gifted dancer and accomplished percussionist, Alda brings unparalleled knowledge and enthusiasm for the folk traditions of Mexico to every performance. As an educator, her experience and compassion have been valued by many arts organizations. Creating a productive environment that encourages all participants to feel engaged and important has been a vital part of her teaching and performing philosophy. It is her mission to enrich children’s learning through dance, to demonstrate that the arts are connected to learning standards, and can be a vital component throughout people’s lives. Alda’s frequent trips to festivals and seminars in Mexico ensure the group continues to grow artistically by remaining current with trends and movements in the folk traditions.