WALLINGFORD — Mexican folkloric singer and dancer Tere Luna launched her first music album “Tere Luna Romantica” in October, available digitally in Spotify and iTunes.
The music consists of Spanish songs known across the world, the artist explained during a recent interview. Some of these songs have also been translated into other languages. Luna has performed with the school of music of the Spanish Community of Wallingford and at private events in town.
She was inspired to record these songs and launch the album because she listened to the songs in it since she was a little girl.
Luna said in her father’s family, there are a lot of musicians so music is something she grew up around.
She went to Mexico to record the songs and many professionals — musical directors, audio engineers, and musicians — contributed to the process of making her album a reality, she said.
In 2017 she launched her first single, which has original music and lyrics from maestro Val Ramos.
Luna was born in Mexico and has always enjoyed arts such as dance, music and colors, she said. When she was seven yearsold, she had her first experience with dance. She said that in the school she went to, part of the curriculum was teaching students Mexican folkloric dance.
“That marked my life,” she said.
She started to listen to the music of a variety of famous people, rhythms and countries. When she was 11, she found an interest in singing and started to take lessons. She also learned piano, flamenco, jazz, ballet and took more folklore dance classes outside of school.
Luna came to the United States in 1984 after getting married to a man that lived here.
She became a volunteer at the schools her children attended. If there was a Mexican holiday or celebration, she would go to the schools dressed in folkloric outfits and performed to the students.
She was temporarily part of a group with other Mexican women that performed traditional folklore locally in a variety of events.
She left the group to focus on her own career. She started to do shows on her own where she would sing and dance. Through that, she performed in events in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts, she said.
Luna is now part of Hartford Performs, a non-profit organization that brings artists to Hartford Public Schools so that students can learn and experience the arts.
Through Hartford Performs, Luna is invited to classrooms to teach students singing, dancing, Mexican culture and the meaning of some holidays. This is part of the schools’ curriculum for kindergarten through eighth grade.
“For me it is very important that children learn Mexican culture,” Luna said.
Although her focus now is promoting the new album, she is participating in an online singing competition — Virtual International Party with Cesar Augusto Altamirano — with contestants from various countries.
Some of the challenges in her career include maintaining a work-life balance.
She said that some of the best things in her career include that she has been persistent, something that has led to many opportunities. The singing teachers she has had throughout the years have also played a role in her success, she said. In addition, coming from a musical family has been a “marvellous” experience since she can share her passion with family.
Maria Chavez, of West Haven, is a friend of Luna. She said they met one day when Luna was performing. Chavez said she enjoyed seeing Luna celebrating Mexican culture. They spoke after the performance and became friends.
Chavez said Luna always gives her all to the things she does professionally.
“I admire her,” Chavez said. “She has a lot of discipline, very responsible, and that’s why she has achieved what she has to this point.”