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, jarana huasteca, quinta huapangera, bajo sexto, guitarrón, tololoche 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, where he learned from Rolando "El Quecho" Hernandez of Trio Chicontepec, Casimiro Granillo of Trio Chicamole, and a variety of local fiddlers in the Huasteca region of San Luis Potosí. His studies of traditional New Mexico dance music have been guided and inspired in the past years by Tomás Maes (mandolinist of Santa Fe, NM) and Antonia Apodaca (accordionist and guitarist of Rociada, NM).
Greg Glassman (guitar, jarana huasteca, vocals) is from Brooklyn, New York. He started his life in music as a drummer, Elvin Jones being the lighthouse in the storm. After traveling to Morocco to explore the connection between clawhammer banjo and traditional Gnawa music, he settled into the roots music scene of Boston singing pre-war gospel music with the Sacred Shakers (Signature Sounds). Later, travels to Veracruz cemented his love for the rich and diverse Son traditions in Mexico. He has composed soundtracks for several feature length films, most notably an original banjo score for Ken Burn's 'Baseball'.
Noah Martinez (guitarrón, quinta huapanguera, tololoche, bajo sexto) 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. For 5 years he was the regular bassist for The Knightcappers of Albuquerque's North Valley, where he learned to play ranchera and onda chicana under the guidance of seasoned musicians. 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
TUCSON MEET YOURSELF FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL
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).