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Los Mariachis Uclatlan

September 02, 1989

It takes nothing away from Richard Vasquez's interesting article on women mariachis to note one error ("Women Are Spicing Up the World of Mariachi Music," Aug. 26.)

Los Mariachis Uclatlan was not started by Mark Fogelquist. Donald Borcherdt founded it in 1961 as a performance study group of the UCLA Institute of Ethnomusicology.

The founding members included a Javanese guitarron player who spoke no Spanish but sang so convincingly that Mexican listeners frequently mistook him for a countryman; a Japanese Imperial Court musician playing violin; an American elementary school teacher whose singing could give Lola Beltran a run for the money, and several other Anglos, including the undersigned on violin.

GARRY MARGOLIS, Los Angeles

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