Frederick Aragón is a designer, illustrator, animator, filmmaker, musician, songwriter and actor, with a background in graphic design, illustration and animation. For six years he worked for the largest educational software publisher in the U.S., and prior to that, he spent 15 years on the Atchison Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad, retiring as a conductor in 1989. During both careers, he made art – paintings on canvas that have been exhibited and collected nationally and internationally.

A popular personality in his hometown of Taos, Aragón was awarded the 2008 State of New Mexico Governor’s Cup/National Geographic All Roads Film Project grant for an animated film based on one of his original songs, “Mystery’s Night.” In 2009, he received the State of New Mexico New Visions Award for another film based on another of his songs, “Dark Is My Light.”

Aragón has appeared in two films, “Taos: The Movie” and “Descansos,” as well as appearing in several commercials and on the television program “Longmire.” As a musician, songwriter and storyteller, he sees the world as ripe for interpretation –and believes that nowhere on earth is more beautiful than the American Southwest. Its cultures, landscape, and history provide the inspiration for all his work.

His collaboration with Chris Burton began in 2021, when the two men began playing music together informally in Aragón’s garage.

Burton started playing  guitar as a teenager in Cartersville, Georgia. At 16 he won a scholarship to study classical guitar at Reinhardt College. In his 20s, Burton spent time as a resident artist at the Zenith Center of Transformative Arts in Tucson, Arizona, where he honed both his musical and visual art skills.

Since then Burton has worked as a music instructor, studio musician and live performer.

His 2017 collaboration ( “Seabird”) with singer-songwriter Liz Painter received  a New Mexico Music Awards nomination for best song.

His collaboration with Aragón, “Frontiers,” was a winner in this year’s (2022) New Mexico Music Awards in the Native American Category.


Frederick Aragón


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