Artist, musician and writer Alec Dempster launches Lotería Huasteca, a book on Mexican folklore, with a performance by the great Mexican band Tlacuatzin.
In Lotería Huasteca, Alec Dempster illustrates the traditions and music of the Huasteca region with a series of woodblock prints and accompanying explanatory texts that capture the style and history of the region and its people. Organized in the form of the popular household game of lotería, Dempster’s words and images provide a fascinating mix of cultural reference, music history and artwork, which together form an educational game that imparts a tantalizing taste of the vibrant and diverse world of the Huasteca.
Alec Dempster was born in Mexico City in 1971 but moved to Toronto as a child. In 1995 he moved back to Mexico and settled in Xalapa, Veracruz, where his relief prints eventually became infused with the local tradition of son jarocho music. Alec’s conversations with rural musicians, presented along with thirty linoleum-block portraits, have been published recently as Faces and Voices of Son Jarocho. He has produced six CDs of son jarocho recorded in the field but is perhaps best known for his two lotería games—Lotería Jarocha and Lotería Huasteca—which include over a hundred prints. He has had solo exhibitions in the United States, Canada, Mexico, France and Spain.
Tlacuatzin is a trio of remarkable musicians from Mexico, who explore multiple facets of the profane and sacred music of the Huasteca region.