PLEASE JOIN US IN SUPPORTING THESE WORKING MUSICIANS WHOSE ART AND SPIRIT CONTINUE TO UPLIFT AND SUSTAIN US.
First in the series will feature sisters Xóchitl and Anaí Morales of Mariachi Mesitzo singing and playing from their family’s home in Delano, CA, accompanied by their father Juan.
Note: Xóchitl and Anaí self-quarantined for 14 days in Bakersfield before returning home to shelter in place with their parents in Delano.
100% OF ALL DONATIONS OR PURCHASES GO DIRECTLY TO THE ARTISTS.
(Together, Little Village Foundation & Arhoolie Foundation will match the first $500 donated)
Anaí Morales was born and raised in the Central Valley of California. With the guidance and expertise of her father, Juan Morales, Anaí discovered and developed her passion for mariachi music. She began playing with Mariachi Juvenil Mestizo at the early age of 10, and has performed at various prestigious music venues with them, most notably Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. In 2019, Anaí released her first solo album Espérame en el Cielo, produced by the Little Village Foundation. She is now a pre-medical student at Harvard University concentrating in Integrative Biology. Outside of schoolwork, Anaí spends most of her time directing Harvard’s official mariachi ensemble, Mariachi Véritas, and performing at various events with her sister, Xóchitl.
Xóchitl Morales is a student and organizer at Harvard University, concentrating in Ethnic Studies. Morales has been active as a music instructor and producer, poet and filmmaker. She has performed at the Hollywood Bowl and Carnegie Hall (Mariachi Mestizo) and recently had her poetry featured in the Sundance 2020 film Summertime. She is currently is a research fellow for Boston-based artist, writer, and organizer Anthony Romero, and acts as a core organizer for the Harvard Ethnic Studies Coalition.
ABOUT WORKING FROM HOME
Just about everyone has been affected by the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. In the music world, no one knows when the box office will open again, and even as many of us return to work in the coming weeks and months, working musicians will continue to be cut off from the clubs, dancehalls, theaters, and festivals that sustain them. And the rest of us will be cut off, too, from something we need now more than ever. So we’re bringing the gigs to the artists, and the artists to you — straight from their living room to yours.
“Working from Home,” a co-production of the Arhoolie Foundation and Little Village Foundation, will feature intimate mini house concerts recorded live by traditional musicians around the country trying to make it through this current public health crisis doing what they do best. For every installment, we will provide links where you can give tips directly to the performers, and we will match the first $500 raised for each.