A dialog between a voice, a fretless bass, and a church organ made in 1791. In a handful of countries, two churches, and two continents.
José Manuel Aguilera is a Composer, Guitarist, Singer, Producer, and Writer in Mexico. Since 1994 he is the leader of the rock group La Barranca. He has also been part of Blood Asteka, Nine Rain, and Jaguares.
Builds and plays the Bajo Quinto guitar. An instrument of Baroque heritage that was once common in Tezoatlán de Segura y Luna, Oaxaca. Ruben’s hometown. He’s the conductor of the successful Pasatono Orchestra. A project dedicated to investigating, composing, playing and reviving the music from the Mixteca region of Oaxaca.Rubén and his orchestra have played at the Lincoln Center in New York, Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., National Center for the Arts (CENART) in México City, Getty museum in Los Angeles CA and in several communities around the state of Oaxaca including El Jicaral, Coicoyán de las Flores and Yucuquimi de Ocampo.
Classically trained pianist and organist. He holds an administrative position at the “Instituto de Órganos Históricos de Oaxaca.” The non-profit organization in charge of restoring and promoting the outstanding collection of seventy-two baroque pipe organs spread thru out the state of Oaxaca. But Joel is not tied to desk duties, he is the person in charge of teaching the new generations how to play these church organs. “They are being restored so that the public can actually hear them and not simply to be on display like museum pieces. They are used for cultural and ecclesiastical events every week.”
Carlos César Hernández is a classically trained musician and members of the Oaxaca State Band. We recordis baritone sax at the impressive Macedonio Alcalá theater. He performed a smooth ten minute baritone sax improvisation over a track that includes Victor Bisetti on drums, Tony Newton on bass and Kathleen Blackwell on Fender Rhodes.
Felix Cuevas Crúz is a classically trained musicians and member of the Oaxaca State Band. We recorded him in the impressive Macedonio Alcalá theater, a place he has performed several times. There was thunder coming from Felix’s tuba fill up the space around us.