Arriba La Cruz de Huanacaxtle—The Album

Wolfgang (Lobo) Fink and Esaú Galván, both of La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, presented their second album together this year on June 25 at a local venue. Prior to the show, I asked Esaú to tell me about the new CD, Arriba La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, “You’re going to love it!” he said. “It’s tons of fun”. Well, I knew that to be true, as I’ve been watching them perform together through the season, witnessing a beautiful and jovial relationship growing between the two. Indeed, they are having fun!

I was not prepared, however, for the truly playful spirit of the first track of the album, Flamenco Mexicana. In this piece, they celebrate the everyday joyful pleasures of living in Banderas Bay Area, from the cries of the tamale vendors to that of the surfers of which Lobo is one.

Lobo was originally intrigued with the idea of surfing while living in Puerto Escondido in southern Oaxaca, where the famous Mexican pipeline’s waves are both majestic and intimidating. It wasn’t until he came to La Cruz that he ventured out to try surfing, tho. The term el tubo refers to the barrel where the wave is hollow when it is breaking. The song carrying that name on this album definitely captures the imagination of even a non-surfer, conveying the feeling of waiting for—and experiencing—the spectacular thrill of riding the wave.

In another selection, Lobo tells of the change he experienced moving from the sophisticated mountain area of San Miguel de Allende with its flamenco and gypsy rumba music to the “banda” style of music in the blossoming coastal town of La Cruz de Huanacaxtle. In Las Tubas de Huanacaxtle, Dani Marquez of Tatewari and Groove House Studio, who produced the CD, plays on his bass guitar the sound of the famous tuba prevalent in the music of that genre.

Of all the selections in this album, perhaps the most surprising and unique is a beautiful piece called Soledad Iraní which Lobo and Esaú recorded with friend Ali Gholami who vocalizes the poignant lyrics in Farsi. Following that is the haunting Baladas del Moro which carries us back to Spain where flamenco originated.

Lobo has departed for a visit to his second home of Bavaria but we are all betting on his Fall return. How could he resist? Esaú will be playing solo this summer at several venues. Stay tuned for his schedule or check the calendar on my website: vallartasounds.com, for his performances. You can pick up a copy of the new CD, Arriba La Cruz de Huanacaxtle with Esaú Wednesdays at Cuates y Cuetes at his group Tatewari’s performances from 6-8PM.

Christie is a steadfast promoter of local music and musicians. Learn more about her explorations at www.vallartasounds.com.  vezelay@mac.com

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