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Sergio Basurto in concert

By James Lasher

I had the opportunity to enjoy Sergio Basurto’s concert at the Sala Quetzal on April 25. The room was as beautiful and intricate as the music. Each of the four walls in the room was covered with a giant mural of bright hues.

Sergio Basurto
Harp and guitar concert
Mondays & Thursdays, 7:30pm
Sala Quetzal
La Biblioteca
Reloj 50A
Donation 150 pesos

After an afternoon of rain showers in San Miguel a sense of freshness filled the performance area. I met people sitting next to me from the same town I went to college. We were all ready for a wonderful show!

Basurto began the concert with his guitar. He explained in detail the title of each song and where in the world it was from. One song on the harp dated back over 150 years. My favorite song on the harp was entitled “Waterfall.” I believe my attention was captivated by the song because of the recent change in the weather and the image of flowing water the music induced in me.

After the performance I felt like I had traveled from Paraguay to Cuba and then back to Mexico. I was able to ask him a few questions before I departed. One of the many purposes of his music is to inspire and create a sense of joy in others. He started playing his first instrument when he was 18. Then he picked up the harp at age 42. When asked why, he said, “It came naturally.” Basurto is a natural when it comes to strumming the guitar and plucking the harp. Enjoy the beautiful setting of the mural and take in the many other delightful images drawn from his diverse sound of music.

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