Gil Guitiérrez in concert
By David Fialkoff
Gil Gutiérrez is breaking new ground. When he’s not touring the US with Doc Severinsen or one of his own bands, he is in the cultural vanguard here in San Miguel. Not content to rest on his laurels Gil keeps stirring the pot, coming up with new combinations of musicians and musical styles
Fri and Sat, Dec 27 and 28, 7pm
Teatro Ángela Peralta
David Fialkoff: It seems like you are moving somewhere with your music. Do you have a strategy you are following?
Gil Gutiérrez: I love all kinds of music, classical, jazz, blues, music from Spain. I concentrate very hard to put together different combinations, to bring together different musicians. I am still touring with Doc Severinsen in the US and performing with him here in San Miguel. I plan to give four concerts a year here offering San Miguel audiences new and different music; world class talent for a world class town. This is a very special town. I love San Miguel. I’ve been here 33 years. I like to bring new people here. I like to share a new kind of music, bold and brave with an audience. Their appreciation of my efforts encourages me, gives me the energy and the ideas to keep moving and exploring more music. Mexican, classical, jazz, Cuban, Flamenco… when you put it all in a pot and stir it around it moves and it’s awesome.
DF: Tell me about the band for the upcoming show.
GG: Eight very talented performers are in the band: Cuban pianist Gabriel Hernández of Afro Cuba All Stars fame, Cuban soprano Adriana Valdés, winner of the San Miguel Opera award, Chinese violist/violinist Honggang Li of the Shanghai Quartet, American violinist/violist Alex Applegate, a performer with the Mexico City Symphony, Mexican bassist Rubén Olvera, Cuban percussionist Kimani Carrazana, and Mexican singer/cajón player Alberto Solís.
DF: Is there a theme for the concert?
GG: Rather than a theme, I want to take full advantage of the unique talents of each performer. With carefully selected pieces we will create a magnificent symphony of sound. The repertoire will include compositions made famous by the renowned Chavela Vargas, traditional Mexican songs, La Canción del Fuego Fatuo by Spanish composer Manuel de Falla, Flamenco pieces by the Spanish gypsy Vicente Amigo, tangos and more. The concerts will be performed at the Teatro Ángela Peralta on December 27 and 28. Tickets can be bought at the theater box office.