Richard Hildner Armacanqui and Juan Tomás Martínez

Richard Hildner Armacanqui & Juan Tomás Martínez

Madison, WI

“Music is a global language…everyone can communicate. You can express your feelings and your thoughts, your energy and your love. You can connect and communicate with the rest of the world, without limits or frontiers.”

Musician Interview

Fusing Family Influences and World Travel

From Wisconsin to Latin America and beyond, Richard Hildner Armacanqui and Juan Tomás Martínez weave together their experiences, travels and cultures to make their eclectic music.

Transcript

“There’s so much wisdom in the things we have in common, and the universals. But I would say that there’s just as much, if not more, wisdom inside of our differences.”

Questions to consider:
  • Richard and Juan talk about how they learned music as young people from their older family members. What have you learned musically from your family or the adults in your life? What music have others shared with you, and how has it influenced your own taste in music?
  • Richard says that the music he and Juan play together is an expression of their identities. How do you use music to express your own identity? What does the music you listen to or play share about who you are?
  • Juan shared that with music you can communicate with the whole world. What do you think music can do?

Musician Performance

Richard Hildner Armacanqui and Juan Tomás Martínez

“El niño que quiere jugar”

(The Child That Wants to Play)

Richard and Juan created this new song specifically for this project, inspired by Richard’s experiences with his son and the instincts children have to play.

“El niño que quiere jugar” was composed by Richard Hildner Armacanqui and Juan Tomás Martínez. This performance was recorded by PBS Wisconsin Education on February 9, 2020.

Lyrics

View the song lyrics in Spanish and English.

Blockquote

“The most beautiful thing about making music
is when you do something and people respond to what you're feeling and the idea you have.”
Richard Hildner Armacanqui

Play Music

“El niño que quiere jugar” (The Child That Wants to Play)

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Guides & Resources

Richard playing guitar

Educator Engagement Guide

Richard Hildner Armacanqui and Juan Tomás Martínez

Wondering how to spark additional learning using these media resources? Check out this guide developed by music educators, for music educators.

Inside this guide:

  • Background information about the musician
  • Knowledge, skill and affective outcomes for learners with strategies for achieving them
  • Academic standards aligned with these resources
Map of location
Madison, WI

Project Credits

Producer
Mia Forslund
Ryan Hendricks

Videography
Ryan Hendricks
Ian Glodich
Nia Scott

Editing
Ryan Hendricks

Sound
Inga Foley
Beauxregard Neylon
Curtis Sorensen

Captioning
Vicki Way Kipp

Design
Scott Stetson
Amanda Roslansky
Ian Glodich
Amber Samdahl

Web
Norman Yuson Cuaño
John Vieth
Tim Schneider

Composition
Richard Hildner Armacanqui
Juan Tomás Martínez

Music Education Content
Kathy Bartling
Darin Menk
Laurie Fellenz

Engagement Guide
Schuyler Gardner Pietz
Madison Elementary School
Stevens Point, WI

Project Partner
Wisconsin School Music Association

Executive Producer
Megan Monday

Director of Education
Alyssa Tsagong

Director of Television
Jon Miskowski

Special Thanks
The Hildner-Medrano Family
Joan Hoyer
Brian Heller and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Mead Witter School of Music
The Latimer Family
The Martínez Family

Funders
Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation
Focus Fund for Education
Friends of PBS Wisconsin

Educator Advisory Group

Kevin Blakeslee
Lincoln Elementary
Madison Metropolitan School District
Madison, WI

Peter Dennee
Carthage College
Kenosha, WI

Matt Eidson
Madison, WI

Heidi Henderson
Milwaukee German Immersion School
Milwaukee, WI

Amy Maack
Gifford K8 School
Racine, WI

Katherine Miller
Hadfield School
Waukesha, WI

Julie A. Palkowski, PhD
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
Madison, WI

Schuyler Gardner Pietz
Madison Elementary School
Stevens Point, WI

Linda Ruesink
Watertown Unified School District
Watertown, WI

Sue Smits
Unified School District of De Pere
De Pere, WI

Kurt Stein
Kurt Stein’s School of Music
Fox Cities, WI

Randal Swiggum
Madison Metropolitan School District
Madison, WI

Jesus M. Valencia
Rio H.S./M.S.
Rio, WI

Natasha Verhulst
Keshena Primary School
Menominee Indian School District
Keshena, WI

Lucy Wrenn
Palmyra-Eagle Area School District
Palmyra, WI