MORE WHAT THEY SAY...
"Just wanted to thank you guys for another fantastic festival. It's got to be one of the best in the country. This is the kind of thing that renews my love of the homo sapien(who can make you despair sometimes). This should be the format for the United Nations....oh say, 2 musical groups for every politician at least. Anyway, it's taken me 2 nights to be able to sleep with music whirling in my head all night. Thanks again!" - Mark Dankert, Albuquerque, NM
"Bravo, and congratulations for organizing it so well, and for expanding it with preview shows the way you have. Hope those worked well for you. I came yesterday, thoroughly enjoyed the Yiddish-Irish collaboration (inspired, I tell you) and was totally thrilled to see/hear the amazing Robert Mirabal. "- Jane Blume, Host of KUNM's Folk Routes show, Albuquerque, NM
"I loved Little Cow ... Gypsy ska ... oh yes! And of course the sweetness of Susan McKeown and Lorin from the Klezmatics ... their songs made cry, in a good way! And I loved Cava! But the best part? Dancing under Jupiter and the crescent moon with a zillion friends." —Katie Stone, Host of KUNM's Children's Hour, Albuquerque, NM
"Loved everyone, on every stage...you just can't go wrong with ¡Globalquerque!" —Michele Whitteker
"¡Globalquerque! is a fantastic festival! Thank you thank you thank you for all you do! Folks, this festival is HIGHLY recommended." - Polly Tapia Ferber, Musician with ¡Viva la Pepa!
"Wow! I had some of the best times of my life during ¡Globalquerque!. It was so beautiful and great and magic was in the air! I met a lot of beautiful people from all over. It was a joy to be able to share a message of love as well as my culture with others through my art. I am very proud to have been a part of it and I have a feeling a lot of good things will happen in my art career thanks to such a great opportunity. I will always be thankful. Thanks again." - Jade Leyva, 2009 Festival Poster Artist
"Great music, good friends, tasty feijoada, yummy enjeera and those awesome New Mexico skies!"
- Catalina Maria Johnson, Beat Latino, Chicago, IL
"My sister and I brought our granddaughters to the activities on Saturday afternoon. We participated in 7-8 activities (drumming, hula hoop, instrument making (x2), sidewalk chalk drawing, cookie decorating, and the instrument table), and enjoyed them all. Thanks for including these free fun family activities in the two day event."
- Ann White (¡Globalquerque! volunteer)
"I believe this event is one of the most important in bringing visitors to the Center who otherwise would not venture down here."
- Doug Simon (NHCC Volunteer Coordinator)
"This was the best music festival ever!" - Helen Viksnins (Host of Sophie's Parlor, WPFW, Washington DC)
"¡Globalquerque! was wonderful! Perfect weather. Great music. Nice moon. Lots of happy people. Crazy dancing and moms with strollers. What a treasure right in our own little town. How could I have missed it all these years?"
- Giko Rubin, Albuquerque, NM
"Love this. We'll come back every year" - Howard, Michigan
"This event is totally positive" - Burt Poley, Network Manager, Native Voice 1
"¡Globalquerque! An amazing two days of music ... where white girls in cowboy boots dance to African music ... or ... Mexican, Bluegrass, Iranian, Irish-Yiddish, Peruvian, Indian, Pueblo, Dine, Latina-Mexican, Brazilian-Blues music! 'there is a God ... because music is still here ... & music has the power to change the world.' Robert Mirabal" - Esther Golden
"So many people have such a great time during the weekend, and it's really a unique and beautiful phenomenon. And it gets better every year!" - Matt Moon, Producer & Host, Global Rhythm Radio, KXCI-FM, Tuscon, AZ
"Congratulations to all involved! Excellent programming & production." - Leigh Ann Hahn, Grand Performances, Los Angeles,CA
"Congrats to ¡Globalquerque! ABQ's 5th annual world beat music fest ended last nite at the Hispanic Cultural Center—great music and crowds" - Mayor Marty Chavez via Twitter
"Congratulation on a FABULOUS, INSPIRING, FANTASTIC EVENT! Can't wait for next year...."
- Mara Holguin, VP, NHCC Foundation
"Mamak Khadem was SPECTACULAR—as was Maria de Barros—and Blick Bassy: ALL were great fun, and introduced me to much music 'new to me.' Thank you so much for your fabulous efforts to bring this occasion to us who are lucky enough to live in Albuquerque! Thank you for all your year-long efforts to give us this wonderful festival!" Merci beaucoup, gracias..."
- Susanna de Falla, Albuquerque, NM
"It is the best event in Albuquerque, keep up the good work!" - Linda Berthoin, Florida
"I've been raving about ¡Globalquerque! to friends and random folks the past 2 days.... this year it hit me what a very powerful thing you are doing for world peace by bringing all these international entertainers in to Albuquerque. Albuquerque is so lucky. It's as good as the International Folk Art Market in Santa Fe...." - Ginger Quinn (¡Globalquerque! vendor)
"Thank YOU for ¡Globalquerque!—it was great. Thanks for bringing Nation Beat out to NM—what a treat—I had suggested them after last year's event. It was all good. Indian Ocean was fantastic. Blick Bassy is a new favorite. Maria de Barros stole the show for me—incredible performer who really got the audience moving." - Christopher Gibson, Albuquerque, NM
"It was a fabulous event! Thanks again for bringing this amazing festival to us here in Albuquerque. It is a major highlight of the Fall (far more so than the State Fair and Balloon Fiesta, in my opinion)." - Emily Stafford, Albuquerque, NM
"Great crowd, great festival!" - Nation Beat (2009 Festival Artist) via Twitter
"Thank you for putting on one of the best music events I've ever been too. You two really have a lot of generosity and creativity to pull together such a singular event every year. Mighty fine listening. Loved it all!" - Cliff Wilkie, Albuquerque, NM
"The music was great, congratulations to the ¡Globalquerque! team for a great festival!"
- Alison Loerke, Alia Agency, Silver Springs, MD
"I always go each year to this event with my husband. It is like taking a trip around the world." - Cornelia Lange
"¡Globalquerque! is the best Festival with the best people" - Lorena Waitszappa, Mundial Stage, México City, México
"Once again you guys have put together a great event. The performers you bring are really great. I'l be there next year."
- Lorenzo Lacovara
"To all of you at Globalquerque, I wish I could shake your hand and say 'thank you' face to face for the incredible feat that was accomplished this past weekend. I have done event planning and know what it takes to tackle just one-tenth of what you did. Though I know there’s probably room for improvement, there’s a good chance you out-did yourselves on this one! I took my teenage daughter, who is planning to be a voice major, to primarily see Mor Karbasi and Savina Yannatou. Afterwards, Ms. Karbasi even spent a few minutes privately with her and offered even more inspiration than what she had already received just from hearing them. More was accomplished (or should I say 'Mor') than just incredible entertainment. I can’t wait for the next one. Thank you again." - Steve Herrera, Albuquerque, NM
"i absolutely enjoyed the lineup. as a musician, i am inspired by how many facets there are to this thing we call music. so many interpretations and sounds. thanks for your contribution to my listening world and thanks to all the musicians i saw who have given me a different perspective that i might try." - jj otero, Albuquerque, NM
"This was my first Globalquerque! Great event! I liked just about everything I heard and wished I'd been to both nights. I had no idea this was so cool." - Jim Lynch
"Congratulations on a fantastic weekend. Many thanks to you for putting together a great show. The music was diverse and wonderful." - Erin Gibson, Albuquerque, NM
"This was my second time attending and I think the event continues to get stronger. Warm weather treated the large but comfortable crowds quite well. The range of music was wonderful and it's always a delight to see familiar faces mixed with bands new to me. There's nothing like fun dance music under the stars on a cool New Mexican evening. but there wasn't a performance that doesn't deserve acclaim. It's proof that Globalquerque is coming into its own. You have made the festival a little better each year and are really learning to use this unique site to advantage. I've already marked my calendar for next year!" - Elaine Erb, Music Director, KGNU, Boulder, CO
"I thought this was gonna just be World Music—it is truly WORLD-CLASS music as well!" - Karla L.
"What a spectacular, varied, and rich program! Congratulations AGAIN for a splendid festival." - Katie H.
"Another great Globalquerque! The performers were stellar. The venue is beyond compare. What an incredible musical happening." - Robin
"The activities on Saturday for families were great! I brought my granddaughter and we spent the entire afternoon there and had a blast. Good show all around." - Ann
"Personally and professionally— I loved Globalquerque this year - even more than the past years...and I have loved them all! Iiwas totally enchanted by several groups! And it is always the groups I don't expect to like that I actually love the most! who knew that I would be a total convert to Latin techno-pop!? But, surprisingly, I fell COMPLETELY IN-LOVE with the music from the Mexican Institute of Sound...please, bring them back (as long as there is a dance floor!)" - Shelle Sánchez, NHCC Director of Education
"I truly enjoyed Globalquerque. I recently relocated to the Duke City from the Bay Area in California and was very impressed with the caliber of musicians you had at this event. My daughter lives in NYC and when I told her about who was here for Globalquerque—she was mightily impressed! They plan on coming out here next year to attend. I think you will find that this event is truly going to become a destination for lots of people over time." - Barb H.
"Globalquerque was absolutely amazing." - Kelly R.
"A Big Congrats to the whole team for putting on a wonderful festival! The lineup was great, everything ran smoothly, and the sunbaked, stately grounds of the National Hispanic Cultural Center proves a truly welcoming environment. It was a great pleasure to be part of it." Jonathan Bernard, (Musician, Orchid Ensemble)
"My family and I truly enjoyed ¡Globalquerque!. I was surprised to find out who my kids' favorite artists turned out to be. The a cappella group from France stunned my boys; they sat still in awe during the entire act. HAPA was wonderful. They engulfed the crowd and interacted beautifully. We've seen Polynesian performances before, but this venue was so intimate it blew the rest away. And the Mexican Institute of Sound took me back to the clubs in Mexico City and Juarez. My eldest son was mesmerized by Mor Karbasi, and it took my boyfriend and me back to the tapa bars in Rota. We had a wonderful night, hated to see it end. Thank you!" - Alighieri Saenz, Albuquerque, NM
"Globalquerque was such a success! Te felicito. It was so beautiful out and the music was just superb."
- Rosi Amador, Sol y Canto, Boston, MA
"It was GREAT" - Christy Mendoza, Cultural Arts Director, Clovis Community College, Clovis, NM
"Globalquerque rocked this year indeed!" - PePe Monstrito
"Thanks go to you for a wonderful event. Nowhere else would I get to hear live music from so many different countries. It is a perfect venue too--so relaxed and free-flowing." - Chris Desai
"Last night was one of the best musical experiences I have ever encountered in my life..." - Michael A., Placitas, NM
"Tom, you are wonderful and we thank you so much for the honor of being a part of ¡Globalquerque! I'm still on cloud nine from the experience. I'm telling everyone I know and don't know about the festival, we will not miss it next year!!! Everyone was very kind, helpful and relaxed, it really made our time there so enjoyable. I'll have to say it was one of the best music festivals I've been to. Hope you have a great week... all the best to you and staff" - Shelley Morningsong, Festival Artist
"The band had a great time, and the festival exceeded all our (high) expectations. I just wanted to let you know what a fine job everyone involved did, and how grateful we were to interact with such a competent, professional group."
- Peter Costello, production manager, Global Drum Project
"¡Globalquerque! is one of the best events we have in ABQ. I was so impressed by the set-up and by the caliber of talent there. I have never been to a world music festival before and now I am hooked. Congratulations for a fabulous event!"
—Shamaine Giannini, Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau
I just wanted to reiterate in writing my delight in being able to participate in ¡Globalquerque! '07! The spirited performances and workshops and general sharing made this perhaps the best festival I have attended in 30 years of touring!!"
- Kevin Locke, Festival Artist
"Everyone I was with and everyone I met was enthralled by the selection of music that could be savored in just one evening, let alone over the whole festival. As with last year, the headline act was great. But the really remarkable treats were music I would never normally think of listening to, and would therefore have denied myself great beauty and joy. Such as Yungchen [Lhamo] and Ilgi. I feel blessed to have seen and heard them—and embarrassed to admit that I—along with many millions of others, I suspect—never knew that Latvians were known as the Singing People. Thank you for bringing us these aural and visual treats. I'm already looking forward to next year." - Charles
"It was truly a pleasure working with you. Your good will and true love of the arts permeated the festival and was felt by all. I can't tell you how much happiness it brought to Puerto Plata and Lankandia to feel so honored and appreciated."
- Benjamin de Menil, IASO Records
"Thank you! We enjoyed the party and the excuse to get outta dodge for the weekend! Beautiful facilities there. I wish Boulder had a theater like the Journal Theater! And seeing Yungchen [Lhamo] and Hassan [Hakmoun] together was quite a treat."
—Elaine Erb, KGNU-FM, Boulder, CO
"Congratulations on a job well done! Cheri and I had a great time Friday and Saturday and Cheri has already marked her calendar for next year's ¡Globalquerque! I've only heard positive feedback from everyone I've talked to who attended."
—George K. ,Placitas, NM
"The first time we went to New Mexico to perform was on 2005 to participate at the ¡Globalquerque! music festival. There we met wonderful people and shared the stage with amazing musicians of all origins. We went to perform again at the ¡Globalquerque! 2007 festival, sharing the night with other great artists and seeing friends... the concert was incredible, from the first song I felt as if I knew everybody at the audience, it is hard to explain how you feel singing with such as beautiful energy coming from outside the stage. it was truly, a magical evening and I cannot wait to go back very soon!"
—Marta Gomez, Festival Artist
"It is so enlightening to be exposed to new and different music. Every performance was a gem but I was especially taken by Yungchen Lhamo, beautiful voice and presence who was able to instill a sense of peace in a large gathering of people, and Fiamma Fumana, a group that had energy to spare and engaged the audience with their music. These two performers were unknown to me but now are on my list of favorites." - Phil M.
"There was not a dull moment during the two days. I can't wait to see who gets invited next year. I realized Albuquerque has the best dancers in North America." - Ricardo, Albuquerque, NM
"¡Globalquerque! was an awesome experience for me. It opened wide a new door of musical appreciation. The best time I've had in a LONG time!" -Greg P., Albuquerque, NM
"The Tuvans were bone chillingly stunning, and my personal favorites of the whole thing. Plus, they were super nice guys. The day programming was really fun too. This morning my son said that he just realized he missed the 2nd day of kids' things at ¡Globalquerque!, and boy was he bummed! Thanks for taking us around the world in our own city!"
- Katie Stone, KUNM's The Children's Hour
"My husband and I drove 1,100 miles from the Bay Area to attend ¡Globalquerque!, and it was so worth it! If you're into world music, you should put the '07 festival on your calendar. It's a lot of fun, and Albuquerque is a terrific city to visit. Gjallarhorn were indeed amazing; I also loved Curumin (Brazil) and the hit of the festival, Tuvan throat singers Chirgilchin."
- Sue T., Albany, CA
"I am a local musician studying at UNM and avid world music fan. I got a chance to go to ¡Globalquerque! this weekend. I was excited to hear that Shooglenifty was in town. I was absolutely amazed by the fact that all these bands actually made it to Albuquerque. It was the first time I heard Gjallarhorn, and I fell in love. Also to have a chance to see Chirgilchin was fantastic. Thanks for all your work organizing this event. Can't wait for next year. OH man." - Robert H., Albuquerque, NM
"¡Globalquerque! transformed the gorgeous National Hispanic Cultural Center campus into a musical Magic Kingdom. I've never seen so many happy people gathered in one place." - J.A. Montalbano, Albuquerque Tribune AV Club blog
"¡Globalquerque! was awesome! My wife and I saw at least eight international acts with the highlight being the incredible voice phenomenon and instrumentation of Chirgilchin (Tuva throat singers). Three dance workshops (Tango, Salsa, & Yiddish), plus a chance to spend an hour working with one of the Tuvans teaching the throat harmonics. The event took place @ the National Hispanic Cultural Center. A wonderful venue that I didn't even know existed! It is a clean, expertly crafted Aztec / Toltec style convention center south of Downtown. Next year I plan to go and bring any friends that I can talk into going."
- David & Gail, Colorado
"It was worth the price of admission at ¡Globalquerque! just for Tuku & the throat singers! Chirgilchin had me hearing things with parts of me that I didn't even know existed..." - Joy