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(NOTE TO BROADCASTERS: Hinojosa is pronounced ee-no-HO-sah)

Songstress Tish Hinojosa performs in Hancher Auditorium Nov. 1

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Songstress Tish Hinojosa will bring her unique blend of folk, country, pop and Hispanic music to the University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium for a concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1. The concert is part of the Gazette American Visions series.

During three days at the UI, Hinojosa will perform for area school groups on Hancher's Stage Door educational series, and she will appear at the local Hispanic celebration of the Day of the Dead at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, in Old Brick.

Hinojosa's bi-lingual music of hardship and hope encapsulates the rich cultural mix of the American Southwest. The youngest of 13 children of Mexican emigrants, she grew up in San Antonio, Texas, has lived in Nashville and New Mexico, and was part of the vital "roots" revival movement in Austin, Texas. She has combined the many cultural traditions of the region into a personal style that transcends them all.

Spin magazine concluded, "Her songs are richly detailed, delicious slices of life . . . Hinojosa's is a strong, poetic, sensual and conscious voice," and the Los Angeles Times suggested, "You might hear more natural singers than Hinojosa, but they'll likely have feathers and wings."

Hinojosa has gained a national following through her many recordings on the Warner Brothers, Rounder, A&M and Watermelon labels -- most recently "Dreaming from the Labyrinth/Sonar del Labertinto," two performances on public television's "Austin City Limits," her music and narration on a PBS special about U.S.-Mexican border relations, and appearances on "Good Morning America," "CBS This Morning," a VH-1 special, MTV, the Nashville Network and other national media.

Her 1992 recording "Culture Swing" won the NAIRD Indie Award for Folk Album of the Year; she was recognized by Fox Television's Bravo Honors in 1995 for creating one of the year's most important Spanish-language albums, "Frontejas"; and she received a Las Primeras award from Mana, the nation's largest organization of Latina women.

Hinojosa's recordings have frequently been chosen by critics for their top-10 lists. In addition to her own recordings, she has performed on albums by Joan Baez, and Nancy Griffith and Lucinda Williams.

In 1996 Hinojosa realized a long-held dream when she released a bi-lingual album for children, "Cada Nino/Every Child." Her songs for children meld ethnic and popular culture in way that dissolves differences and emphasizes the common experiences of childhood. The album was honored with the Parents Choice Gold Award and an award from the National Association of Parenting Publications.

Because of her music's role in promoting cultural understanding, Hinojosa has been called upon to represent many progressive causes, including national and statewide conferences dealing with humanitarian issues. She has been a spokesperson from the National Latino Children's agenda, including a performance on Capitol Hill, and for the National Association of Bilingual Education.

A friend of the late Cesar Chavez, Hinojosa performed at national conferences of the United Farmworkers of America, and she has performed for the National Women's Political Caucus and other events supporting the empowerment of women.

Tickets for the Nov. 1 Hancher concert by Tish Hinojosa are $24, $22 and $20. UI students and senior citizens qualify for a 20-percent discount, and Zone 3 tickets are available to UI students for $10. Tickets for audience members 17 and younger are half price.

Hancher box office hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and 1-3 p.m. Sunday. From the local calling area or outside Iowa, dial (319) 335-1160. Long distance within Iowa and western Illinois is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. Fax to (319) 353-2284. Orders may be charged to VISA, MasterCard or American Express. UI students may charge their purchases to their university bills, and UI faculty and staff may select the option of payroll deduction.

People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial (319) 335-1158. This number will be answered by box office personnel prepared to offer assistance with handicapped parking, wheelchair access and seating, hearing augmentation and other services. The line is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.

The Gazette is the corporate sponsor of the American Visions Series, through the University of Iowa Foundation.