Lara Manzanares performs in concert Nov. 13 at the Mueum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe. Courtesy/Philip Wiley, GringoSuave Photography
SANTA FE ― In association with the ongoing exhibit Música Buena: Hispano Folk Music of New Mexico, the Museum of International Folk Art (MOIFA) presents a special one hour gallery concert with Lara Manzanares 2-3 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 706 Camino Lejo on Museum Hill in Santa Fe.
Manzanares is an award-winning bilingual singer-songwriter whose musical style blends traditional New Mexican folk music and indie country, folk and rock with a talent for poignant and comedic storytelling.
Free with museum admission. Wednesdays are always free for New Mexico Seniors.
About Lara Manzanares
Lara Manzanares is a bilingual singer-songwriter of Northern New Mexican heritage. In addition to singing the traditional New Mexican canciones of her sheep-ranching childhood, Manzanares also composes her own style of music in both English and Spanish. Through a combination of storytelling and songs both playful and sincere, Manzanares draws on her rural New Mexican roots and her urban experiences across the U.S. and abroad as she sings about love, loss, a sense of place and her own connection to the land.
After several years spent living across the U.S., Manzanares returned to New Mexico in 2016 with her guitar and several original songs in tow. In 2017 she recorded her first original album at Santa Fe’s The Kitchen Sink Studios with producer and sound engineer Jono Manson, backed by musicians Mark Clark, Justin Bransford, Jono Manson, Jordan Wax, Char Rothschild, Felix Peralta and Rafael Herrera. The album, Land Baby, contains original songs in both English and Spanish. It received several nominations at the 2018 New Mexico Music Awards and went on to win Album of the Year.
Just like her upbringing and New Mexico itself, Manzanares‘ music is a complex yet deeply cohesive mixture of cultures and sounds: deeply rooted but never still, heartfelt and humorous, simultaneously ancient and innovative. She continues to explore her New Mexican musical heritage and write and record songs while living in the Albuquerque area. Her most recent single, “Dear John,” was nominated as a finalist in the Americana category at the 2019 New Mexico Music Awards. Listen to her music learn more about Manzanaresat laramanzanares.com.