Frida Kahlo became known for works that are bold, colorful, rebellious and emotive. What music might best complement her paintings? The Villalobos Brothers, a trio of singer-violinists from Veracruz, Mexico, now based in Manhattan, were asked to help answer that question.
“I think we’ve always been influenced by Frida’s work,” says Ernesto Villalobos, the oldest of the brothers, in an interview with NPR’s Eric Westervelt. The band is part of a group performing at the Frida Kahlo exhibit this summer and fall at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, where they are artists-in-residence through November.
Pairing music with paintings — especially by an artist as iconic and unique as Kahlo — might not seem like the easiest of tasks. Alberto Villalobos, though, says the art forms are “linked together.” For him, the combination is a rewarding experience.
“[Painting and music] come from the same source, which is creativity,” Alberto says. “So, in that regard, I think Frida Kahlo’s work comes alive when you mix it up with music and when you add the