Carambola Community Music celebrates people of all ages and walks of life creating, learning, and experiencing together. We are dedicated to preserving and growing the living tradition of Mexican folk music, song, dance, and visual art along the US/Mexico border. As we explore these art forms, we discover the intertwined roots of Mexican and American cultures.
Carambola is led by Maria McCullough and Yahví Pichardo, longtime educators and practitioners of community music. This pair learned and taught together at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago for over 10 years. Maria and Yahví fell in love with El Paso and the Southwest after participating in Basketball in the Barrio over the last three years. They are excited and energized to be a part of this vibrant community.
Carambola is a fruit, sometimes referred to as starfruit because when cut, it resembles a star. Other interpretations of the word carambola are karma, serendipity,and kismet. Carambola’s star shape also connects us to the Lone Star state of Texas which has the longest segment of our border with Mexico. Finally, it’s also a nod to our neighbors in El Paso, the esteemed Cinco Puntos, or “five points,” Press.