William Faulkner, Jalisco Harpist
Melinda Coffey Armstead, organ
La LLorona – traditional
Atotonilco – Juan José Espinoza Guevara
La Josifinita – Tatá Uriel Bravo
El Tren – Gaspar Vargas
Olga’s waltz – William Faulkner
Kanaka Waiwai – John K. Almeida
COMMUNION: Como han pasado los años – Rafael Ferro García/Roberto Livi
El Becerro – Sylvestre Vargas/Rubén Fuentes
A warm welcome back to William Faulkner, Jalisco harpist extraordinare.
William has the honor of being the Arpista Municipal de Tequila, Jalisco and an Hijo Adoptivo de Zapotiltic, Jalisco. He performs annually at “Fiestas de Octobre” in Guadalajara and teaches world folk music at Hartnell College in Salinas.
William and his harp have traveled throughout California and the Southwestern United States as well as various parts of Mexico. He studied with Arturo Mendoza, former harpist with the Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, and has given workshops at festivals in Mexico City, Guadalajara, California, Arizona and New Mexico. William and his harp have traveled as far as Scotland to the Edinburgh Festival (with Mariachi International América from Tucson Arizona), to Tahiti and the Marquesas Islands.
“Some people may know me or of me through my late father, Prof. Frank D. Faulkner of the Naval postgraduate School mathematics department. Dad taught at the NPS from 1950, when the school was at Annapolis, and I was born there in 1951. I myself taught computer programming at the NPS in the early 1980s before doing music full-time.”
Editorial note: Bob remembers Frank very well as an inspiring colleague: warm, brilliant and funny. Frank once gave a talk in the Physics Department on a mathematically-based numerical approximation technique. He clarified the idea and got a big laugh by saying “It’s the driving force behind teenagers: if you haven’t gone too far, you haven’t gone far enough.”