For well over two decades, the San Diego based group "Los californios" has been researching and interpreting the music of Spanish and Mexican California, with a focus on the nineteenth century Rancho period.
Working from primary sources, including Californio testimonials, traveler's accounts, and the early Edison wax cylinder sound recordings made by Charles Lummis over a century ago, as well as secondary sources such as the work of early and mid twentieth century collectors, including Al Pill, historic music folios, and the Bancroft's histories, they endeavor to recreate the sound of serenade and fandango from the days before California statehood.
The Lummis collection is housed at the Braun Research Library, Southwest Museum, on Mount Washington in Highland Park, Los Angeles, and this material was largely recorded at El Alisal, the Lummis Home, a City of Los Angeles Cultural and Historic Monument, mostly in 1904.
Los californios are Vykki Mende Gray (violin/artistic director), Janet Martini (accordeon), and David Swarens (guitar).
Los californios is a project of the San Diego Friends of Old Time Music, a 501 (c)3 California non-profit.
Website - LosCalifornios.com