FARMINGTON — Doug Goodhart doesn't just play music. He travels the world for music.

Goodhart is an ethnomusicologist from Kansas City, Mo. He will be performing at Crash Music in Aztec on Saturday at 7 p.m. In addition to Goodhart's music, Rick Morris, a local artist and poet, will present his art and poetry.

Goodhart plays traditional music from various cultures. In order to learn the music, he finds pockets of that culture.

Prior to the concert on Saturday, Goodhart will be holding an Afro-Cuban drum class. Instead of traveling to Cuba to learn the music, he said "Cuba traveled to me."

Goodhart said Kansas City is one of the two major places Cubans settle when they come to the United States. Living in Kansas City gave Goodhart the chance to be in contact with Augustine, a legendary Cuban drummer, and other drummers like him.

Goodhart said he is unusual among ethnomusicologist because he actually learns how to play the music when he studies it.

Goodhart said if he had to pick his favorite music, he would choose Louisiana Cajun. He said the Cajun area of Louisiana is "actually a different country, if you've been there."

When playing Cajun music, Goodhart plays the accordian and the fiddle. In addition to Cajun, Goodhart will be playing Balkan, Appalachian, and Irish style music on Saturday.

He said he plays the bouzouki when performing Balkan music, which comes from Greece and Bulgaria. A bouzouki resembles a guitar or a mandolin.


For Irish and Appalachian music, Goodhart also plays the fiddle. He said he also plays tin whistle for the Irish music and a banjo for the Applachian.

He said first got interested in music when his uncle gave his family a record player and some albums. He said he used to listen to the albums over and over and, when he was 13, he bought his first guitar for $28.

Goodhart has instilled his love of music into his 12-year-old daughter, Lucie, who will be accompanying him on guitar during the Saturday concert. Lucie also played with Goodhart during the ZoukFest in Albuquerque last year.

Goodhart said Morris asked him to come to Aztec to add music to Morris' art display.

Morris said his grandmother originally got him interested in art. He described her as a Mrs. Santa Claus with gold-rimmed glasses who wore her hair in a bun.

Morris said the art is a true expression of his soul and it's his life work.

Morris said he originally met Goodhart when he walked into a pub where Goodhart was playing Irish music about 40 years ago.

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