Mexican conductor and composer Eduardo Mata (center), flanked by members of the Cuarteto Latinoamericano. This was the core of one of Mata's final projects, the ensemble Solistas de Mexico. The quartet was augmented by a group of instrumentalists hand picked by Maestro Mata. Solistas de Mexico went on to make numerous appearances at the Festival Internacional de Cervantino and two tours of Europe, all the while playing many concerts in Mexico City and other destinations across Mexico. Eduardo Mata died tragically the morning of January 4, 1995, when the small plane he was piloting crashed soon after takeoff from Cuernavaca, Mexico. I was privileged to be a member of Solistas de Mexico from 1987-1992.
-James Baker, host and producer of Itinerarios: Music with Latin American Roots