Lone Piñon is an acoustic trio from Northern New Mexico whose music celebrates the diversity of their region's cultural roots. Using violin, accordion, guitar, quinta huapangera, guitarrón, upright bass and harmony vocals in Spanish, English, and Nahuatl, the group has revived and updated the Chicano stringband style that once flourished in New Mexico, bringing a devoted and explosive musicianship to Northern New Mexican polkas and chotes, virtuosic Mexican huapango and son calentano, and classic borderlands conjunto.
New Mexico has long been a crossroads of cultures, and its musical landscape reflects its history of diversity. Lone Piñon is part of a new generation of musicians who embrace the full scope of that complexity. Onstage, they cluster around a single microphone and play with a contagious energy, tying together several dozens of dance forms that resonate in their home state. The result is a new sound, rooted in respect for the past and undeniably alive.
The band features three musicians whose careers have woven through a wide spectrum of roots music before converging in 2012 in Northern New Mexican and Mexican music.
Jordan Wax (fiddle, accordion, vocals) grew up in Missouri and was traditionally trained by master Ozark fiddler Fred Stoneking and Central Missouri dance fiddler John White. He worked as bandleader and accordionist for a Jewish dance band for years before his work with Missouri and New Mexican fiddle styles inspired him to travel to Mexico for a 6-month immersion in Mexican huapango fiddling in the Huasteca region of San Luis Potosí.
Greg Glassman ( guitar, vocals ) is from Brooklyn, NY. He first explored traditional music as a clawhammer banjo player with the Gnawa musicians of Essouira, Morocco. A reformed drummer, he began singing pre-war gospel and country music with the Sacred Shakers, and traveled to Veracruz Mexico to study regional Son. He has composed music for several feature length films and documentaries, most notably for Ken Burn's 'Baseball' (Original banjo score ).
Noah Martinez (guitarrón, upright bass) grew up in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque immersed in the music of his community: Onda Chicana, New Mexican rancheras, punk rock, norteño, honky-tonk, Western swing, and the jaranero movement recently arrived from southern Veracruz. He is a descendant of several generations of activists who have worked to protect the agricultural and cultural traditions of Native New Mexicans and he raises sheep and goats on his family's land in the North Valley of Albuquerque.
Highlight Past Performances:
World music wednesdays at the old-town school of folk music, chicago
Globalquerque! World Music and Culture Festival
Albuquerque Folk Festival
True/False Documentary Film Festival
In February of 2016 Lone Pinon released their first album, "Trio Nuevomexicano" recorded live at Frogville Studios in Santa Fe, NM. Their second album, "Días Felices," was released nationally and internationally in March 2017 by Living Music Dupli-cation (www.lmduplication.com).