Jennifer Burton is a mother, dancer, and writer currently working towards her BFA in Dance with a special interest in ballet pedagogy, contemporary choreography, and Arabic folk dance. Burton began her ten-year career in journalism as an intern at the El Paso Times from 1999-2000. Between 2000 and 2009, Burton worked as a contributing writer and/or regular columnist for: Stanton Street Weekly, What’s Up, El Paso Inc., and Newspaper Tree. From 2008-2013, Burton served on the board of Paso del Norte Civil Rights Project. She currently splits her off-campus time between her family, creating multi-disciplinary work, performing, and working as a dance educator. She and her husband Justin J Leeah co-own Sound+Vision Studi...
Nathan Stell is a native of El Paso and began his artistic life in the womb listening to his older brother play violin. At the age of three, Nathan started taking lessons himself and since then has been a student of music in general, studying various instruments and instructing others on violin guitar piano and voice. He studied and majored in music and theatre at Notre Dame and the University of El Paso and recently began his graduate studies in Pastoral Ministry at Fordham University in New York. Through his graduate studies he hopes to continue his life-long mission of sharing the joy of living with others, as well as serving as a reflection of the dignity we all possess.
Carambola is led by Maria McCullough and Yahví Pichardo, longtime educators and practitioners of community music. This pair learned and taught together at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago for over 10 years. Maria and Yahví fell in love with El Paso and the Southwest after participating in Basketball in the Barrio over the last three years. They are excited and energized to be a part of this vibrant community.
You can learn more about Maria y Yahví and their on-going musical projects here.
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CC: What is your background as an artist/collective? What drives you?
CCM: We both taught for over 10 years at a the Old Town School of Folk Music....