Thursday, July 23, 2009
Texas and Oregon Musicians Featured on CatholicTV
On Tuesday, July 28th, CatholicTV will feature 2 Catholic musicians on the talk show “This is the Day”. One of the guests is Gabe Rivera, a 29-year-old Catholic actor, and musician, who is on a promotional tour for the film “Red Mesa” which he stars in. Also on the show will be Ken Canedo, a Catholic composer and author, who despite losing most of his hearing, writes music and works as Managing Editor of spiritandsong.com, a Catholic music website.
Gabriel Rivera will be an in-studio guest on ”This is The Day”. Gabriel is a native of El Paso, Texas and has been writing, recording, and performing music since 1994. In 2007, Gabriel made his feature film debut in a film by Ethan Hawke. Currently, Gabriel stars in “Red Mesa”, a 35mm film in which he plays the lead role of “Octavio”. “Advocating for justice for immigrants is an important part of my ministry, and this film allows me to show the plight of the immigrant in this great country.”
In addition to promoting the movie this summer, Gabriel will be touring in support of his debut full-length recording, “Songs From a Brown Boy’s Heart” The album is a collection of bilingual songs, and speaks of Gabriel’s spiritual journey. Gabriel is a graduate of Rice University, class of 2002. To view Gabe’s tour schedule visit http://www.gabrielriveramusic.com
Also, on the show will be composer, author, and bass guitar player, Ken Canedo. Ken currently serves as a Youth Ministry Advisor at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Beaverton, Oregon, where he also leads a dynamic youth choir. He finds time to help lead youth retreats and liturgy events, as well as give concerts and workshops around the country. He occasionally performs with local musicians in the Northwest. Ken recently assumed the responsibilities of Managing Editor for spiritandsong.com.
Unlike most contemporary Catholic artists, Ken does not sing. Although he was a cantor in high school, he lost most of his hearing and his voice as he got older. “This used to depress me a lot, until I realized I could write songs for others to sing,” said Ken. He also makes himself available for any of his spiritandsong friends who might need him as a bass player for their concerts and appearances.
Ken will be discussing his newly released book, "Keep the Fire Burning: The Folk Mass Revolution" The book is more than just about folk music. It's about the Second Vatican Council, the transition in the liturgy from Latin to English, and the experiences of the Catholic Church in America during the 1960s. To learn more about the book visit www.KenCanedo.com. Keep the Fire Burning was recently reviewed by Susan Bailey of Grapevine Music , The review may be read at the following website: http://gvcatholicmusicreviews.blogspot.com/2009/07/book-review-keep-fire-burning.html
These guests can be seen on Tuesday, July 28th live at 10:30AM (EST) on CatholicTV where available (rebroadcast at 8PM). The show will also be streamed simultaneously at www.CatholicTV.com and will be available on the site’s archives starting Tuesday night. All videos at the website are viewable in full-screen. Paste this URL into your browser in order to access the “This is the Day” video archives. http://www.CatholicTV.org/shows/default.aspx?seriesID=72