Comings and Goings: California to Israel

Comings…

Saturday, February 9 at Incanto at 7 pm. The Ruach Singers hail from Canada and bring a decidedly different (I expect) approach to music. A Capella for the most part although they did perform with I AM PV (Instituto de Artes Musicales Puerto Vallarta) with a fundraiser in Nuevo Vallarta this week: We already love them for that! I have no idea of what the concert will be like – and it’s a one-time affair – so get your tickets for the Ruach Singers and we’ll compare notes here next week.

Sunday, February 10, also at Incanto at 7 pm. Primal Groove reprise with Lobo (more on him in my other column, From Here) and Latcho and Andrea, aka The Blonde Gypsies.  One of the most original, riveting concerts I saw last season. I can’t imagine that it will be better; that would be impossible. If you love flamenco, take a trip with these three talented Germans and see what they learned 40 years ago living with gypsies in the south of France and Spain. Outstanding, brilliant guitar work.

 

…and Goings

Michael Danckert and Aaron Solomon rocked the Beach Boys at Incanto for a matinee last week before they both flew back to winter. I am sincerely hoping for a reunion of these two voices this season. Their Eagles Tribute was terrific (and no, I am not a fan except for a song or two). There is aBeeGees Tribute coming up next month, and I understand both Michael and Aaron ‘do them’; what I don’t know is if they do them together, here. I get chills just thinking about it!

“Sonidos de Vallarta” by John Kreitler had its World Premiere at the Cuale Cultural Center last week. The setting could not have been lovelier with tables and chairs scattered around the patio in front of the auditorium. IAMPV students served deliciously different hors-d’oeuvres and poured wine for all to enjoy. Up-and-coming string instrumentalists provided a short recital before the main event, including one of Donald Moline’s students whose cello was slightly bigger than he.

Donald, besides gifting us with his brilliant cello playing, was funny as hell in his short introductions to each piece. Joining him onstage was Klaus Liebetanz on flute, Daniel Oliveros – the conductor of the chamber orchestra and Director of IAMPV – on clarinet, and our beloved Jean-Guy Comeau on piano. I am repeating myself, I know but, Jean-Guy is the only pianist I know who can make a piano whisper.

My favorite part of “Sonidos de Vallarta” was ‘El Guitarrista’ which featured Donald solo on his cello. Guitar music is heard all over Vallarta day and night. Some of it good and some is bloody awful.Donald managed to find bits of both and made his poor cello sound dreadful and loud and off-key. It was a fun beginning to the four suites of Sonidos.

An enormous amount of work went into this presentation with all the artists donating their time, energy and brilliance to garner funds for IAMPV. If you ever get a chance to support this group, please do so, the need is huge, and the rewards are life-changing and enrich us all.

Marcia Blondin