Wonderful, Fun, Happy Time!! Beautiful Music!!
It may have been the coldest, snowiest day yet this winter, but inside the Susan B.
English School Commons this Wednesday, the music was muy caliente!!
Bring together the
artistry of Mexico's Tlen Huicani, the Mexican/Alaskan cuisine
of chef Lynn Corwin and crew, and then spice it up with the debute
performance of local classical guitarist Seth Suydam
The Seldovia Arts
Council was proud to present Tlen Huicani, which is the Aztec word meaning
"singers." The group comprised five of Mexico's premier vocalists
and musicians under the leadership of Alberto de la Rosa, Mexico's most
celebrated folk harpists. The group traveled over seven thousand miles
from Vera Cruz, Mexico to spend one night here in Seldovia and if you
asked anyone who attended, they would say the concert, was worth the
trip . The group has traveled to over 60 countries in their thirty years
of touring, but this has been their first trip to Alaska. Featuring
the folk harp which is central to much of the music of Latin America,
the group played a wide variety of Latin American styles. Harpist and
maestro, Alberto de la Rosa's solos
patterns and rhythms that were a cut above even the most professional
of musicians and made it clear why he is considered of the finest musicians
in the world. The colorful and beautiful songs, such as the Mexican
" ranchero" and the special "jarocho" music of Vera
Cruz featuring Alfonso Lagunes Ortiz
of the whole group were a delightful mix of guitars, guitaritas, panderas,
bongos and even the most humble and ancient of all instruments the simple
coffee leaf. Their rendition of "Granada" featuring Raul Garcia
Fernandez (the elder)
on the coffee leaf
brought smiles and cheers from everyone. Each musician was a master
performer in his own right. "The evening ended with a rousing version
of just about everybody's favorite, " La Bamba" . "Vericuzians"
are proud to say that this song originated in Vera Cruz in the days
of the pirates, over 300 years ago. The five musicians were, Raul Monge
the younger, on
percussion, harp and vocals, Alfonzo Lagunes Ortiz on vocals and guitar,
Alberto de la Rosa on harp, guitar and vocals, Raul Lagunes Ortiz on
guitar and coffee leaf and David Melgarejo Huesca
on base guitar and vocals. Bravo. Bravo!!! We were so honored to meet you all!!
The Seldovia Arts Council would like to thank its granting sponsors, The Alaska State Council on the Arts, The Harper Tour Fund for Performing Arts and the Western States Arts Federation. They would also like to thank the Bay View Suites for housing and Homer Air for help with transportation.
Special thanks to Lynn Corwin for a fine feast and to Seth Suydam for wonderful "background" sounds. (Please play for us again Seth!!!) And last but never least, to all of the volunteers and participants here in Seldovia who prove every day that it does indeed, "take a village" ..thanks .
web page and pictures By Mary Glover