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 the stereotype.
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? Or the origins of the stories, legends and myths that are interwoven together? And how do we effectively communicate that knowledge to young audiences?
Responding to that need, MBM created an in-depth school perfromance and arts-in-education program that has reached over 100,000 students in over 250 schools and community venues on the East Coast.
Building on that success, MBM mounted their first full scale touring show for performing arts centers in 2015 to further help tell the story to young audiences and families nationwide. Now is the time to reach new audiences with our message of equity, tolerance and unity.
For the 18/19 season Mexico Beyond Mariachi will be premiering a new show SUGAR SKULL! A Dia de los Muertos Musical Adventure, and will also continue to tour TREKKING MEXICO, a journey through the heartbeat of a culture.
Peter Basil Bogdanos
(Co-founder, Executive Director)
Narrator, Jarana, Percussion
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.