Much seems to be in motion this summer. Join Macuilxochitl on a short venture around the current happenings in the world of music...
Monterrey Mexico’s Kinky is back in the studio working on its self-titled 2002 debut. The band has been highly visible since breaking into the business. The English Speaking media has taken kindly to the group and its music as evidenced by coverage in both Rolling Stone and Vibe magazines as well as appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman and the Craig Kilborn Show. The band was also featured at the featured at Sundance Film Festival, The Playboy Super Bowl party and advertisers have tapped many of their songs to be featured in major advertising campaigns and in film.
Earlier this month, Kinky rocked fans in Bali at The World Peace Music Awards Concert held at Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park.
The latest release by another Monterrey band, Jumbo, has been sorely missed here in the U. S. To date, BMG has yet to release the band’s “Teleparque” CD. The disc, available on-line through Mexico-based vendors such as Es Mas Compras among others, is really one heck of a power-pop and hard rocking record. It quite possibly is the best release of the first half of this year with musical references to many of the power-pop and pop greats. Have a listen for yourself and watch as the images of artists you love pass before your imagination’s eyes thanks to the sounds Jumbo has deftly crafted on its latest release. Local readers may also take a short trip across the border to Tijuana for a copy. Sanborns, on the southern end of Avenida Revolucion, should have plenty of copies of “Teleparque”.
Known as the first racially mixed musical group from Los Angeles, the sixties psychadelic rock group, Love, mixed rock, folk, and even Latino flavored sounds (especially Herb Alpert-sounding brass) into a flamboyant and elegant type of rock music that easily could have been bigger than it ever actually became.
The band’s leader, Arthur Lee, was a complete non-conformist and didn’t care to tour therefore limiting the band’s chances at widespread appeal. However, today, the band’s “Forever Changes” album is at the top of many critics’ list of all-time greatest rock recordings. Recently, Lee, one of few survivors not only of the original band, but of the era, as well has been touring with a revived version of Love, featuring the members of Los Angeles’ power-pop group, Baby Lemonade. This week, the group returns to England once again for a short tour. Love with Arthur Lee has toured almost non-stop over the past two years or so making numerous trips to England and surrounding European countries, as well as touring Australia, and the U.S., twice. Mid-July will welcome the U.K. release of a live CD and DVD for the singer and his band. Hopefully, a U.S. release will soon follow.
Local jazz artist Turiya Mareya will perform a program of original music at San Diego Jazz Live. Also to be featured are Hollis Gentry and David Millard along with other San Diego jazz artists on Tuesday, August 12th at 7 pm at San Diego City College’s Saville Lyman Theatre.
Mareya, a female jazz instrumentalist and composer who has pursued a career playing Latin and traditional jazz with a social change context, was originally mentored by San Diego jazz legend Daniel Jackson. Mareya followed his example by becoming proficient on both piano and reeds and focusing on playing her original compositions. She continued her work in New York, studying at the Creative School of Music with The Art Ensemble of Chicago and studied privately with Joseph Jarman. Later she toured Mexico with the Taumbu International Ensemble. These experiences have served to help mold Mareya’s approach which is largely based on world music influences and draws on African and Indigenous approaches to music and Latin Jazz. Her work is also said to reflect her deep commitment to peace, social justice and freedom of speech.
The popular Mexican film, “La Ley de Herodes” will be appearing for a limited engagement in San Diego. Directed by Luis Estrada, this groundbreaking and extremely controversial satire about Mexico’s long-ruling political party, the PRI, is set in thelate1940’s in the remote, thoroughly backwards village of San Pedro de los Saguaros.
“La Ley de Herodes” was the winner of the Sundance Film Festival 2000’s Best Latin American Film award and took in ten Ariel Awards, Mexico 2000 including Best Actor, Best Director, and Best Writer. The film will be shown as a part of Media Arts Center San Diego’s new “Cinema en tu Idioma” series. Screenings will take place daily beginning July 11, 2003 at 2:30, 5:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m. & 10:00 p.m. with an additional screening time on the weekend (12:45 p.m.). The film is in Spanish and appears with English subtitles and recommended for mature audiences only.
San Diego’s sole exclusively Rock en Español venue, Over The Border, continues to serve up the absolute best in Latino rock and roll (and then some). Most recently, ska favorites, Inspector, and Monterrey’s pop idols Jumbo rocked the South Bay club. Check out the club’s website at http://www.overtheborder.net for more details about upcoming shows. Currently scheduled concerts include performances by Los Enanitos Verdes, Victimas del Doctor Cerebro, Rabanes, and Miguel Mateos.
Latin Jazz Veteran Gato Barbieri will be appearing in San Diego July 31st ...stay tuned to ‘The Kiva’ for a feature on the man and his music!
Francisco H. Ciriza