2019 Platinum Music Awards Announced

The honorees for this year’s Platinum Music Awards feature musicians and music supporters from across the spectrum.

The nominees for 2019 include educator, professional violist, and promoter Jim Bonnell, who taught extensively in the Albuquerque Public Schools, retiring after almost thirty years in public music education.

Bert Dalton, renowned and versatile jazz pianist, arranger, educator, and producer, who has lived, performed and taught in Santa Fe for 20 years. Bert is a recipient of the 2013 Santa Fe Mayor’s Award for Excellence, A Chicago native, Bert received his music education at Northern Illinois University, studying with Dr. J. B. Floyd and performing with Ron Modell’s award-winning NIU Jazz Ensemble.

Noberta Fresquez, well known in the world of Mariachi throughout the United States and Mexico. She is the producer and developer of Mariachi Spectacular, now in its 29th year in Albuquerque. She produces the Mariachi Christmas show held annually at Popejoy Hall, a family tradition now in its 19th year. She has brought international talent to the NM Market and showcased some of New Mexico’s finest entertainers.

Internationally respected Pueblo musician and Native American flute player and maker from Taos Pueblo, Robert Mirabal. His flutes are world-renowned and have been displayed at the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of the American Indian. An award-winning musician and leading proponent of world music, Robert performs worldwide, sharing flute songs, tribal rock, dance, and storytelling.

Cipriano Vigil who has devoted his life to the collecting and performing of Hispano folk music and the education of this music through his instrument building. His love of New Mexico and its culture is what drives him. Cipriano is dedicated to preserving the music of the culture that he grew up with.

This year’s Lee Berk Foundation Award Winner are Rand and Cindy Cook, owners of The Candyman Strings & Things in Santa Fe, celebrating 50 years of serving New Mexico’s musicians and music students.

Beyond selling musical instruments, Candyman has several innovative programs that promote the benefits of playing music. Their annual “Wanna Play” initiative invites non-musicians to the store to have hands-on experiences with musical instruments, to unlock their inner talents. Their “Summer Rock Camp” puts kids age 8-18 into real-life band situations. During this 2-week program, the participants learn to play in a band, record at a studio, visit radio stations and perform in a live concert. It is a truly life-changing experience for many of these kids.

The awards presentation will be held in Santa Fe on August 23rd at the Lensic Performing Arts Center

For more on the nominees, go to https://www.platinummusicawards.org/copy-of-honorees and for complete information on the awards program and how you can get involved, go to https://www.platinummusicawards.org/