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Robert Mirabal and Family to present annual holiday concert

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Fresh from New York City’s Carnegie Hall, Robert Mirabal, his family and friends return to the Taos Community Auditorium for an evening of song, dance and storytelling. Mirabal is a Grammy-award-winning artist who has become internationally known for his skills as an actor, dancer, musician and storyteller. For the past 25 years, he has stayed home for the holidays to share his gifts with the Taos community in an annual performance.

The Robert Mirabal and Friends Annual Holiday Concert takes place Friday (Dec. 15) at 7 p.m. at the Taos Community Auditorium, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte.

Joining Mirabal on stage are his three daughters (Aspen, Kona and Masa) as well as Taos Pueblo hoop dancer Evan Trujillo and Trujillo’s children, Mikayla and Marcus.

Mirabal explained that Trujillo dances with five hoops in a style unique to Taos Pueblo.

“He’s a master, I can honestly say that. He’s a master dancer,” said Mirabal.  

The evening’s performers include an all-star band with Gary Daniel Cook on guitar, Jonathan Hutchison on keyboards, Joel Fadness on percussion and Cliff Collins on bass.

Though he is a talented solo artist, Mirabal thoroughly enjoys collaborative projects. This year he has been touring with ETHEL, a contemporary music quartet based in New York City. Mirabal also participated with his daughters and Evan Trujillo in a large-scale multimedia production called “The Way of the Rain: Voices of Hope” which premiered at Carnegie Hall this Dec. 1.

Mirabal was invited to perform in “The Way of the Rain: Voices of Hope” by Sibylle Szaggars Redford after she saw a performance of his at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe. She is an environmental artist and is married to actor Robert Redford. Szaggers Redford and composer Tim Janis collaborated on “The Way of the Rain: Voices of Hope” which was a fundraiser for Natural Resources Defense Council and The Way of the Rain nonprofit organizations.

Other participants were Vice President Al Gore, Robert Redford, N. Scott Momaday, Loreena McKennitt, Máiréad Nesbitt and Lynn Hilary. The premiere production included a full orchestra and youth choir against a backdrop of Szagger Redford’s colorful waterscapes.

This past year, Mirabal was engaged in a number of acting projects. He worked on a Kevin Costner television series called “Yellowstone” which is set to come out next year. He also performed in the movie, “Woman Walks Ahead” about Catherine Weldon (portrayed by Jessica Chastain), an artist who painted Sitting Bull shortly before he was killed.

Looking forward, Mirabal said he has been invited as a speaker to a number of engagements. He also anticipates collaborating with Michael Franti, Marcus Mumford and others.

Mirabal said his main occupation is taking care of his daughters, and that he has been including them in much of his work and watching them grow.

“They held their own at Carnegie Hall,” he reflected. “That’s probably the most rewarding and challenging thing – to see your children grow in a world, whether it’s good, bad or beautiful. They’re following in my footsteps, whether they want to or not. It’s who they’re becoming.”

“Just talk to the children and you’ll know what is going on,” said Mirabal. “There’s that old prophecy if you want to know what’s going on in the earth, talk to your children.”

Tickets are $25 in advance and $28 at the door. Advance tickets are available through the Taos Center for the Arts, 133 Paseo del Pueblo Norte or by calling (575) 758-2052.

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