Review: Luis Lujan and Andrea Mottura in ‘Bohemia Viva, The Sound Garden’

If there were ever two voices meant for each other, then Luis Lujan and Andrea Mottura are those voices. This Argentinan duo, known as Bohemia Viva, have been performing in Vallarta for a few seasons now, along with doing concert series in the American Southwest and Italy and other locations. The magic that is created when their voices come together in harmony is riveting! Yes, they are both very talented singers on their own, but together there is something incredible that happens on stage. Luis, with his collection of vintage guitars, and his skillful playing, offers a gentle, background accompaniment that enhances the beauty of these singers as they come together in harmony.

On February 24, Bohemia Viva presented their new show, ‘The Sound Garden,’ to the audience at Luna Lounge Bucerias. They made a graceful entry onto the stage and began the show with a Marc Anthony song in English, immediately captivating the sold-out crowd with their smooth sound.

Andrea, who has the best command of English, introduced the duo, giving a heartwarming story of how they met in Argentina and have been collaborating in love and music ever since. The introduction drew the audience in and made us feel part of their lives.

They moved on to other favorites like, “There’s a Kind of Hush,” Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now” and Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together.” The gorgeous harmonies mesmerized us along with the indisputable connection that these two souls share. We also heard a breathtaking version of the Lionel Richie/ Diana Ross tune, “Endless Love.”

The audience loved the Spanish songs. “Me Importas Tu” was an upbeat, happy song and “Besame Mucho,” which everyone knew, was performed beautifully. Their original songs, were adored by the crowd. I loved “Espacio,” sung in Spanish and “In Your Heart,” performed in English. Their “Illusion/Nada Normal Medley” was beautiful as well.

Luis provided absolutely talented guitar accompaniment to the Door, “Light My Fire”. Roy Orbison’s “Crying” and on Bette Midler’s “The Rose,” were additional favourites. Adding some extra humor to the show, Andrea sang, “I Remember The Days I Was Single,” after she shared the story of their wedding in Italy.

The highlight of the performance was their rendition, in Spanish, of “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” from the musical, Evita. They prefaced the song, expressing their love for their country and for their family that are in Argentina. I can’t remember being that moved, ever, by a song. Wow, there were tears in my eyes and lump in my throat! What an experience!

They ended the show with, “I Can See Clearly Now” and were coaxed back on stage with a standing ovation and thunderous applause, as they closed with, “Unchained Melody.”

You can see Bohemia Viva in their show, ‘The Sound Garden’ on Wednesday nights at 6:30 pm at Incanto Vallarta. For tickets and information, go to www.incantovallarta.com. They are also performing an encore show of The Sound Garden at Luna Lounge Bucerias on March 19. You can find out more about Bohemia Viva by going to www.bohemiaviva.com or following them on Facebook. Their very enjoyable new CD features many of the songs from their show including “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina.”