Mariachi Flor de Toloache, Mexican Institute of Sound Latin Alternative Music Conference at Celebrate Brooklyn July 12, 2013 Brooklyn, NY Though a constant, heavy rain dampened the spirits of many music fans who skipped Latin Alternative Music Conference's showcase at Celebrate Brooklyn, those who were present at the half-filled venue witnessed quite a varied evening which began with a presentation of the New York-based, all-female Mariachi Flor de Toloache.
The nine-piece ensemble began by following tradition, playing down-tempo rancheras that included covers of songs like "Cielito Lindo." The group, however, used the opportunity to show it can expand on the style, performing tunes that had little to do with the genre's stereotypesome tunes had complex vocal arrangements and some even had lyrics in English. Some songs were played with the addition of the cajón and also the ukulele, which both enhanced the songs and gave them an intriguing, innovative sound.
They were followed by the Mexican Institute of Sound, the electronic project by DJ and producer Camilo Lara, who has come a long way since his 2006 appearance at the Central Park Summerstage. Back then, he basically rocked his laptop alongside DJ Pata Pata, and the results were less than satisfying. Fast forward to 2013, Lara was now backed by a live rhythm section of bass and drums. He had also found his voice as a performer, now putting on an electrifying show in which he sang, jumped around and enticed the crowd to dance, with the help of audiovisuals played on a large screen behind the stage.
Also on the bill for the evening were the electronic duo Bostich & Fussible. The LAMC closed the following day with a performance by Julieta Venegas at Central Park Summerstage that was nearly canceled due to weather issuesthe NYPD actually evacuated the premises, and many left; but the few who patiently waited outside Rumsey Playfield got the performance for which they were waiting.
I was first exposed to jazz when I discovered that one of Jimi Hendrix's influences was Wes Montgomery. I played guitar growing up and idolized Hendrix, so I knew that anyone he looked up to must be good
I was first exposed to jazz when I discovered that one of Jimi Hendrix's influences was Wes Montgomery. I played guitar growing up and idolized Hendrix, so I knew that anyone he looked up to must be good. I was 16 at the time. I went to Tower Records and purchased a CD by Wes, and I was hooked from the very first ten seconds. The sound of the song Lolita illuminated my bedroom, as I just sat back amazed at how colorful and soulful this music was--I understood it, even though at the time I didn't understand how to go about playing it. I get chills listening to Wes' solo on Lolita, and I can still listen to that song ten times in a row and never get tired of it. There is a truly timeless quality to genuinely spontaneous jazz music, and it is that quality that has inspired me to devote my life to studying and playing this music.