Covid19 Inspired Innovations in the PV Music World
Trem de Minas is a group made up of Brian Macedo on guitar and voice, Roberto Falcón on bass, Gary Flores on percussion and Oscár Terrazas on saxophone. Brian Macedo refers to their music as "confusion" music—a mixture of cultures: Mexican and Brazilian, comprised of jazz, bossa nova and samba.
The group has always welcomed new musicians to the community, offering support and advice. They are intent on promoting the new music along with their own. Brian just informed me of a new project scheduled to begin with a live broadcast on Tremdeminasband Facebook site featuring some new and some more established talents in the Puerto Vallarta community. Tuesday evening, July 21, honors the music of one of our favorite sax players Oscar Terrazas of Puerto Vallarta and a great keyboardist from Guadalajara, Eddie Gómez with Ismael Gomez on drums.
Brian and his group plan performances once a month, featuring musicians from Mexico, Cuba, Argentina, the US and Brasil. It is a great project designed to promote many musicians who cannot work during this COVID-19 pandemic. The group will perfect the videos for publication as a series and use professional editors and producers for the final product. A PayPal account is available for our tips and contributions. Trem de Minas is playing regularly at Cuates y Cuetes Thursday, Friday and Sunday evenings.
Again, I am impressed by the ingenuity and energy of our musical community. Many new projects are in the works, including a collection of superb videos by master flamenco guitarist and composer Esaú Galván and his group Tatewari. A new video produced by Dani Marquez of Groove House Studio of Esaú's beautiful composition Fuego Dentro is presented on their home turf at the beach with family. It is not only beautiful music but a tender portrait of their family life. You can find it on Youtube or my website.
Media Luna is creating new videos and working on a new CD. Their recent release, Jazzpanguito, composed by Mexico City's renowned Pedro Dabdoub, is spectacular. Dabdoub is an incredible musician and composer. His project, called JazzPango, has its second stunning album recorded in Spain available via Spotify and other online sources. You can listen to La Catrina on YouTube (https://youtu.be/3h8zrxubp04). The fiery Latin fusion group Media Luna is back on Monday evenings at Cuates y Cuetes next to the Romantic Zone (7:30).
Bob Tansen and Gilberto Luna, who you may know from River Café and River Barbque, will be doing live broadcasts at RBBQ for the next two weeks. You can watch on El Rio BBQ Facebook or in-person on location.
Fernando Huerta of Piel Canela and Diva Amy Armstrong offer virtual concerts regularly, and I have seen some beautiful videos of performances by Fernando and his old buddy and mentor, Eduardo Leon on Facebook recently—see their Facebook pages.
The premier music and entertainment venue, Incanto, offers some excellent music online for happy-hour via Facebook—a nice way to wind up your day.
Everyone is trying to keep the public entertained while following the government and health professionals' guidelines concerning Coronavirus. Keep wearing those masks and tune in to some of these great musical opportunities. Don't forget to leave contributions and tips when available!
I am being vigilant about updating my website with new additions and schedules as they become available. Visit vallartasounds.com for the latest information.