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Lobo solos at Instituto Allende

By Lou Christine

Guitarist extraordinaire Wolfgang Fink, aka Lobo, will be performing every Wednesday evening beginning at 7:30pm at Mi Casa Restaurant on the back patio of Instituto Allende.

Every Wednesday, 7:30pm
Restaurant Mi Casa
Back patio of Instituto Allende
Ancha de San Antonio 20
80 pesos

Lobo (Spanish for wolf) has long established himself as a local, national and international performing musician. He is the other half of the renowned “Willie and Lobo” who thrill audiences in San Miguel de Allende at least once a year as a dynamic duo with Willie playing his fiddle and Lobo accompanying him with guitar. The pair have toured for years and produced a number of quality CDs. Willie lives in Florida and Lobo lives here. With both getting a bit tired of life on the road, they have cut back considerably on touring.

Wolfgang “Lobo” Fink was born in the tiny Bavarian village of Teisendorf. The 18-year-old Lobo first picked up his chosen instrument while serving as a signalman in the German navy. After hearing an album by gypsy guitarist Manitas de Plata, the young mariner discovered his affinity for romantic, rhythmic music. After completing his term of service, he searched out de Plata, ultimately finding the guitarist residing in a gypsy camp in southern France. Lobo spent a year with de Plata and his people, hanging out and absorbing the music. Upon his return to Germany, Lobo formed Lailo, a flamenco group that toured Europe for three years and did much to popularize the modern gypsy sound. Longing for new ways to express himself, Lobo journeyed to the famous caves of Sacromonte in Granada, Spain, to spend a year living and studying with the gypsies. In 1980, he headed to Mexico and began working as a solo act.

Here, in San Miguel, Lobo teamed up with Willie in 1983, when the two musicians were both working at Mamma Mia. Though they jammed occasionally, Willie and Lobo were still searching for their individual sound, recording a number of solo albums before finally uniting in 1990 in Puerto Vallarta. Both have a passion for surfing, and when packing guitars and fiddles, surfboards were always part of their luggage.

They soon made a live recording of a swinging Willie and Lobo set, which they dubbed playing hard. Willie and Lobo’s increasing popularity and musicality led to their involvement in the soundtrack to the 1995 independent film, Shadow of the Pepper Tree. In addition, their music played a prominent role in the 1997 film, Fuochi d’artifico, produced by Vittorio and Rita Cecchi Gori (Il Postino, Mediterraneo, Johnny Stecchino), and was used as accompaniment by Ukrainian skater Yulia Lavrenchuk at the 1999 World Figure Skating Championships in Helsinki, Finland.

Seeing even half of the famous duet is a treat. Mi Casa Restaurant, 7:30pm, cover 80 pesos, reservations 154-5890, Instituto Allende, Ancha de San Antonio 20.

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