Jazz Guitar Concert

By Joshua Acatzin Basman Monterrubio

Guitarists Ken Basman (Canada) and Pere Soto (Barcelona) will perform a concert of jazz guitar duets to celebrate the release of their new recording, Standards. The concert is to be held on Wednesday, June 17 at the Ángela Peralta Theater at 7pm. Jazz is all about the musicians communicating with each other and taking the music to new and exciting places. The level of sensitivity, creativity, and good old-fashioned swing that happens when these two get together is something not to be missed. Both guitarists have over 30 years experience playing jazz with a plethora of different artists, and agree that this particular combination is magic!

Jazz Guitar
Ken Basman and Pere Soto
Wed, Jun 17, 7pm
Ángela Peralta Theater

Ken Basman, originally from Toronto, Canada, has been living in San Miguel de Allende since 1992 and has been a main fixture in the local jazz and blues scene here for the last 25 years. He is also an accomplished recording studio engineer and has been running his own studio here since 1998.

In the studio, he has collaborated with such greats as Donald Fagen, Todd Rundgren, B.B Gabor, Lila Downs, and Magos Herrera, as well as recording and mixing records by a great many of Mexico’s jazz groups. As far as live guitar playing goes, you can catch Ken pretty much every week at Tío Lucas playing with local players such as Antonio Lozoya, Bobby Kaplan, Gabriel Hernández, and Victor Monterrubio. He has also participated every year in the national jazz festival here since its inception over 20 years ago. He has had the good fortune to share the stage with jazz greats such as Brice Winston, Bob Sheppard, Francisco Mela, Dave Pike, Richie Cole, Peter Bernstein, Eric Alexander, and Enrique Nery. He also performs regularly with local blues group The Zuzumen and collaborates on various projects with local legend Doug Robinson.

Pere Soto has a huge musical trajectory; his specialties are playing and composing straight ahead jazz, free jazz, and gypsy jazz as well as composing classical music. His gypsy jazz group “Django’s Castle” has recorded and toured extensively in Europe.

Pere has played and recorded all over the world with some of the best in the business. He has had several of his CDs nominated for awards in Spain and Holland. He started coming to Mexico in the year 2000 to premier his String Quartet two with “El Cuarteto de la Ciudad de México” in Mexico City, and while he was there he met and began to play with local jazz heroes such as Remi Álvarez, Hernán Hecht, Aaron Cruz, and many others. He presently spends his time living and working in Europe, Mexico, and the US. In 2004 he made his first foray to San Miguel De Allende. That’s when he met Ken Basman. At Tío Lucas, as a matter of fact! In 2014 they finally had the chance to make a record together. This concert is a celebration of that record. It’s going to be a very memorable show!


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