Ruth Lara Vichules is a vocalist, musician, and educator. Her love of music was evident at an early age when she was babysat by a piano in the basement. Ruth was sung to sleep by her Mother with German and Hebrew children’s songs, Carter Family and Woody Guthrie ballads. Growing up in Arizona, her playmates were “Cowboys and Indians” – cultural diversity was the norm. After Suzuki violin in elementary school, guitar, saxophone and Aebersold jazz camps in high school, Ruth went on to receive University degrees in music and art.
Visiting Guadalajara, México in the early 80’s, Ruth was overwhelmed by the beauty and depth of Latin American folk music. Her life changed forever. She moved to Tlacotalpan, Veracuz, land of Agustín Lara & Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, and scoured the countryside for traditional music. She received a Master’s degree in the process, conducting an ethnographic collection of children’s verse from oral traditions. Fascinated by the use of improvisation in Mexican folk music and verse, Ruth studied son jarocho – a tradition from southern Veracruz that is highly improvisatory – with Gilberto Gutiérrez and the legendary group Mono Blanco. You can reach Ruth Lara Vichules online at www.ruthlaravichules.com