HummingBird Music Project

The project explores the cultural similarity between the indigenous people of the mountains of Mexico and The Appalachian mountains of America.
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The Hummingbird Music Project

The Hummingbird Music Project is a cultural exchange program between the Southern Appalachian Mountain area of the United States which is home to rural coal towns and the Michoacan Mountain area of Mexico, which is home to many indigenous Indian communities. It is a cultural music exchange between American musicians playing traditional Appalachian music and Mexican musicians playing traditional Mexican music. The purpose is to unite these musicians and mix the music of the two cultures together through a multi-national concert event.

The Hummingbird International Music Festival was born from this cultural exchange, and now the Third Annual Festival will be a ten day event featuring two American Bands playing with local Purepecha Orchestras in Tzintzuntzan, Michoacan, Mexico. As in the past two years, this will be history in the making as musical moments will occur when these musicians play alongside each other sharing and influencing one another. To fulfill the cultural exchange objective, another concert event will take place in America in the Tri-Cities area in Southwestern Virginia and North Eastern Tennessee utilizing the same performers as the Mexican version.

These music events that make up this multi national festival are being captured in a documentary being filmed to showcase this cultural exchange. One focus of this documentary is the universality of music as a means of communicating even between people who speak different languages, and the second focus is about the common values of people in two different cultural communities.

The Vision – Doug Beatty

Here’s a little travelogue from my trip scouting in the hills of Mexico for my latest documentary project. shot mostly on my iPhone. Principal photography begins in the next couple of months. Hoping to have it finished by fall.


Music Experience

Such a great and incredible cultural and musical experience for all!!

Jeff Fernandez

Wonderful idea and so well done!

What a wonderful idea and so well done. Thank you very much and I’m looking forward to next year. I enjoyed to music in Patzcuaro’s Plaza Grande and the festival in Tzintzuntzan. Hopefully next year the bands will play together earlier, or more often, as it got too late and too cold to be able to stay and see them.

Alejandra Iturbide Tilden