Tere Luna
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Tere Luna

Hamden, Connecticut, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2005 | INDIE

Hamden, Connecticut, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2005
Solo Latin




"La Entrevista: Tere Luna, Cantante Mexicana"

Interview by Jorge Alatrista. - Identidad Latina Multimedia

"In "Romántica" Tere Luna Brings Bolero to Connecticut!"

By Lucy Gellman | December 8th, 2021

The piano is slow, methodical as it plays Tere Luna in. On the mic, she unlocks a songbird from her throat, all sweetness and nostalgia. There’s longing in her voice as she reaches the fifth bar—No me preguntes nadaaaa—and pushes ahead. Strings and percussion pick up the beat. As she barrels toward the song’s climax, a listener can feel themselves sinking into the lyrics. It becomes hard not to dance.

The take on “Cuando vuelva a tu lado” is part of Romántica, the first album by longtime vocalist, dancer, arts educator, and Hamden resident Tere Luna.This fall, Luna released the 11-track album as part of a decades-long wish to share her Mexico City roots with listeners across both Connecticut and the globe. It is now available in physical form as a CD and through streaming platforms including Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, and YouTube.

“This is a dream come true,” she said in a recent interview at Koffee? on Audubon Street. “I feel very very happy and proud of myself. I just wanted to do it and I wanted to find a way to learn and to keep my goal of practice and dedication [to the art form].”

Luna’s dream of a full album began years ago, as her passion for Mexican arts and culture helped her bridge the gap between her birthplace and her adopted home. Born and raised in Mexico City, the singer grew up in a house that was always full of music. Her parents liked to sing and dance around the house; they had a particular love for the bolero that now flows through Romántica from its first notes to its last track. When the family went out to celebrate a birthday or anniversary, “there was always music,” she said.

As a kid, she also developed a taste for the rock and disco she was hearing from her two older sisters, who pumped out a steady stream of Black Sabbath, Jim Morrison, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and Donna Summer to soothe their teenage angst. When she was seven, she took part in her first formal dance lessons at school, based on Indigenous Aztec customs that are still alive and vibrant in Mexico today. When she put on the brightly embroidered huipil and long skirt and picked up noisemakers, something came over her.

“It was just magical,” she remembered, with a kind of enchantment that a listener can hear woven into the album. “From then, it clicked in me that this is really what I want to do.”

Luna started taking singing and dance lessons, often pretending that the broom handle was her microphone when she did chores around the house. She hammed it up for homemade music videos with her younger brother, trying to master the stylings of Olivia Newton-John from Greece. She ultimately brought her love for dance with her to college, studying jazz and ballet alongside hotel management. It was around that time that she made the move from Mexico City to Texas, following her then-husband to a new artistic chapter in Houston. After four years in Houston, they moved to Northern Connecticut.

For a time, she said, music went on the back burner as she adjusted to her new home state. Luna became a mother twice over, raising sons over whom she still beams and gushes when they come up in conversation. When they were young, she approached their schools and offered to teach students about Mexican arts and culture. At the time, she said, no one was doing that kind of work; organizations like Hartford Performs didn’t yet exist. To sustain herself as an artist, she also picked up a full-time job in healthcare.

“Kids love the movement of the dances,” she said. “And life is better” with live performance. She began to teach anywhere she could, branching out from her kids’ schools to town and city libraries, and the Mariachi Academy of New England. Val Ramos, who helms the Val Ramos Flamenco Ensemble and is now her partner, met her during those years. He first heard her sing in 2008, and remembered feeling “very moved” by her voice and emotion from the first notes.

“I loved the way she sang,” he said in a phone call Wednesday night, adding that she seemed so incredibly full of life. The two became frequent collaborators as she deepened her work in flamenco and bolero.

When Hartford Performs announced it was looking for teachers five or six years ago, Luna applied to work with the organization, and began with a portfolio of 30 schools. She has since grown her footprint to all of the schools in Hartford, where she teaches both folkloric dance and meditation to students. She said that students are often very excited to get up and dance, or to sit and learn how to calm themselves through meditation. That sense of ease flows through Romántica in works like “Sabor a Mí,” a bolero standard from Álvaro Carrillo that Luna scales comfortably, soaring over the horns and strings as if it’s no big deal.

“It’s so important for the kids to be focused and not to be afraid,” she said of her classes. “This is a good tool for them. Sometimes they forget to breathe and it’s so important to have that breathing, that oxygen.”

At home, she also nurtured her love for bolero, a genre of love song that she can trace from nineteenth-century Cuba to her childhood living room in Mexico to her adult life in Connecticut. Every time she performs it, she said, she thinks about her parents and is able to sing across the distance that now separates them. Four years ago—her kids are now grown, which has given her more time for her music—she was able to record an original single, “Sin tu amor muere mi alma” that Ramos wrote for her. She realized she wanted to do more.

“I decided that I wanted to record some backup tracks,” she said. Over several months, she made plans to travel back to Mexico, where she could work with mentors José Antonio Hernández and Ignacio Gutiérrez Campoy. But as she carved out the time in which she could travel, the Covid-19 pandemic hit both Mexico and the U.S. Borders closed. She suddenly found herself at home, teaching choreography classes on a screen.

She ultimately made it back to Mexico City this July, where she was able to record the album while visiting with her family after two years away. Six tracks come from her work with Hernández; five are collaborations with Campoy. She said that she thinks of the work as an homage to her parents, without whom she never would have pursued music. When she recorded, “they were there with me,” listening as she put a new spin on work by Carlos Eleta Almarán, Consuelo Velázquez, Ema Elena Valdelamar, Armando Manzanero and others.

It’s a way of keeping the past alive, she said. In the finished work, she dips into the long and storied history of bolero and also makes the songs completely her own. She opens “Cuando vuelva a tu lado” with a sort of melancholic, sultry preamble, her voice so wispy it feels like a ghost. In “Historia de un amor,” the first track on the album, her voice does a slow, smoldering dance with violin and keys. When drums and a shaker enter the fray, it’s hard to stay still. By “Total,” she is all warmed up and crooning between easy brass and guitarra. In “La Gloria Eres Tú,” she all but extends a hand and invites her listeners to dance hip to hip.

Originally, Luna had planned to launch the album exclusively through digital platforms. But something about its content—it is meant to channel, celebrate and enliven the past—told her to turn it into a physical album. In October of this year, she released it at a small party and concert in Hartford. She joked that promotion has become “like a full-time job” on top of her work for Hartford Performs.

Following the album’s release this year, Luna said that she is hopeful that Romántica can transport her listeners to a different era with its sound alone. She loves performing in senior centers, where she can see the way music moves residents as soon as she has lifted the mic to her mouth and let out a few notes.

“It’s nice that I can bring memories back to people who listen to my music … I’m just blessed that I have this voice that moves people,” she said.

She also hopes that as word of the album gets out, fellow artists, venues and organizations will take her craft more seriously. Not infrequently, she said, she’s still asked to perform for free, or will come to a performance just to learn that the band is making more per person because they have instruments, and she has only her voice. She’s found herself telling people “Sorry, I can’t do it for fun!” she said with a laugh.

Romántica, which her family and friends have already rallied around, feels rewarding in a way that those gigs sometimes do not. She is balancing promotion of the album with a new interest in mindfulness and meditation, for which she will be releasing a recorded mantra in the next months.

“This is for me,” she said. “That respect that I really have for people who enjoy listening to my music. To me, if people listen to the music, it’s wonderful. I don’t want to be famous. I just want to sing.”

Echoing her Wednesday, Ramos pointed to the sheer reach of Romántica. The album has given Luna’s voice a way to travel around the globe in the time it takes to download a song, press a play button, make a payment in iTunes, or slip a disk into a CD player. He said he feels lucky to watch her career bloom into its next stage.

“We’re inseparable, and that makes our relationship even better,” he said. “I love seeing her career really pick up. Her music really is all over the world.”

Find out more about Tere Luna on her website, Instagram, Facebook or YouTube. Romántica is available now via album, streaming, or download. - The Arts Paper (Arts Council of Greater New Haven)

"Mexican folkloric singer and dancer Tere Luna releases new album"

November 24, 2021 05:15PM
By Karla Santos, Record-Journal staff

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.

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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.”

ksantos@record-journal.com203-317-2364Twitter: @KarlaSantosNews - Wallingford (My) Record Journal

"Historias para Compartir: Entrevista con Tere Luna, Cantante Mexicana"

Interview by Adelia Santa Cruz (May 2019) - Identidad Latina Multimedia

"22nd Arts & Ideas Festival Offers Experiences, Lectures, Performances, and Much More"

June 19, 2017 - Altar’d Spaces: Performances in Churches

The four churches that surround the New Haven Green will be venues for a variety of performances by local and regional groups, in what is called Altar’d Spaces. Trinity Church on the Green will host a concert by Deborah Lifton, a local resident who is a well known performer of contemporary American opera and song on Wednesday, June 14; the Happenstance Theater—a clown-esque troupe—later in the evening on Wednesday, June 14; and Tere Luna & Val Ramos Duo with music and dances of Mexico, bolero, and flamenco on Monday, June 19. Center Church will host Taylor Bo Bynum & Friends on Sunday, June 11; Rap Guide to Climate Chaos by Canadian rapper Baba Brinkman on Tuesday, June 13; and Afro Peruvian New Trends Orquestra on Monday, June 19. United Church is hosting Mariachi Mexico Antiguo on Tuesday, June 13, and The Survivors Swing Band based in Wallingford, Olive Tiger, and Rolie Polie Guacamole, all on Wednesday, June 14. The First & Summerfield Church features on Saturday, June 10—Shoreline Ballet with an adaptation of Hansel & Gretel and Alison Cooke Beatty Dance from New York City, and on Monday, June 19 the word citywide high school poetry jam and Layavinyasa. These events do require tickets which are $10 each. - Shore Publishing

"Tere Luna Performs for Arts on Call 2021"

May 21 & 22, 2021 - Arts integration in the multicultural community. Music, song & dance stimulates positive energy, love and the immune system.

Performing dances with traditional Mexican music and songs. I’ll be contacting the customer before the performance to discuss details.

As a professional, Tere has performed as a solo dancer, with dance troupes, and with Mexican mariachi bands. Tere Luna is registered with Hartford Performs’ roster of teaching artists. Tere Luna has performed at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas. Tere performed outdoors at Palacio de Bellas Artes in México City, México. In April 2014, Tere performed at Hello West Hartford! Multicultural Festival and also made a cameo appearance during the 20th anniversary concert of the Val Ramos Flamenco Ensemble produced by the Connecticut Guitar Society. - International Festival of Arts & Ideas

"Tere Luna, recipient of the Latino de Oro 2016 award in the category of Arts and Culture"

September 2016 - Tere Luna, premiada con el Latino de Oro 2016 en la categoría de Arte y Cultura. (Tere Luna, recipient of the Latino de Oro 2016 award in the category of Arts and Culture). - Identidad Latina Newspaper

"16 de Septiembre: !Feliz Día de la Independencia de México!"

September 16, 2020 ·- Con este lindo recuerdo de Tere Luna y el Mariachi México Antiguo en los premios LATINO DE ORO en Hartford, Connecticut, les deseamos a todos los Mexicanos un Feliz Día de su Independencia y !QUE VIVA MEXICO!! - Identidad Latina Newspaper


Romántica (Luna Records Ltd. and Alternativa Representa, 2021)

Sin tu amor muere mi alma (PIRAM  Records, 2017)



Possessing a sweet and captivating voice, Tere Luna is widely acclaimed as one of the best new voices of the Bolero and romantic ballad genres. Her performances have enthralled audiences with great stage presence and renditions of a wide repertoire of classic Latin American romantic songs. Born in Mexico City, Tere was inspired, at an early age, by the great romantic Bolero and ballad composers of Mexico and Latin America. She has performed at major music festivals, gala events, and music venues in the United States, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. Her performance highlights include the International Festival of Arts and Ideas' Arts d'Spaces in 2017, Latino de Oro Gala 2017 (where she was awarded the Latino de Oro award), and Noche Romántica (which she produced).

--Con una voz dulce y cautivadora, Tere Luna es aclamada como una de las mejores voces nuevas de los géneros del Bolero y la balada romántica. Sus actuaciones han fascinado a audiencias por su gran presencia escénica y su amplio repertorio de las canciones románticas de América Latina. Nacida en la Ciudad de México, Tere se inspiró a una temprana edad por los grandes compositores de la canción romántica de su país natal y el resto de América Latina. Se ha presentado en conciertos en los EE.UU.AA., México, y Puerto Rico. Ha figurado en tales espectáculos como el Festival de Artes e Ideas Arts d'Spaces en el 2017, evento de gala Latino de Oro 2017 (donde se le otorgó el premio Latino de Oro), y Noche Romántica (el cual ella produjo). 

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