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M(aria)chi: José Iñiguez links folk and classical forms for vocal concert tour

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WENATCHEE — José Iñiguez’s do-it-yourself approach to merging opera with mariachi has been abetted by a number of people ... the most important of whom he’s never even met.

The Seattle tenor vocalist, 36, collaborates via Google+ with Colombia composer Fernando Ruiz, who over the last few years has transposed a fistful of Mexican mariachi scores to be performed on classical piano.

That allows the opera-trained Iñiguez to sprinkle mariachi boleros throughout his program of classical voice pieces, as he’ll…

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