Paul Voudouris Gives Rare Concert at Bellas Artes

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Paul Voudouris

By Fredric Dannen

Paul Voudouris, a singer, songwriter, and keyboardist with twenty albums to his credit, has a devoted following, critical acclaim, and a personal history that can only be called improbable.

Born in Libya in 1956 to a Greek mother and an American father, Voudouris teamed up with Wisconsin-born musician Chris Spheeris in the 1970s, and the duo became all the rage on the concert circuit with a unique fusion of New Age and pop romanticism. The AllMusic Guide declared that the duo had “set standards in New Age music circles.” The pair recorded a benefit album with luminaries in their genre such as Yanni and Vangelis.

Then, in the mid-1980s, the duo split up to sign individual record deals—Spheeris with CBS, and Voudouris with EMI. Ill at ease at a major label, Voudouris soon ended his contract and went back to recording independently.  He then took to the road and spent seven years in Sedona, Arizona, before ending up in San Miguel de Allende. For a time, he toured with fellow Sanmiguelense musicians Doc Severinsen and Gil Gutierrez. Along the way, he became a Feldenkrais master, and—quite seriously—a designer and vendor of luxury flyswatters.

Since his touring days, Voudouris has continued to record; his latest CD, Threescore, was released in 2017. But in recent years, notwithstanding a packed performance last December at the San Miguel Playhouse, his concert appearances have been infrequent events.  But as a benefit for the nonprofit organization, Libros para Todos, Voudouris is giving a single concert at the Bellas Artes on Wednesday, June 13, at 7pm. Advance tickets are 200 pesos at Solutions (Recreo 11) or online (steinwayseries.com) and 250 pesos at the door an hour before the show.

The performance is part of the Steinway Series, and Voudouris will be accompanying himself on the Bellas Artes’ nine-foot concert grand piano. His concert will be an evening of song and story in a multicultural and at times bilingual format. Along with stirring reinterpretations of songs by the Beatles, Elton John, and Billy Joel, Voudouris will play and sing his self-penned songs, in a style as irresistible as it is hard to define. In the words of The Mac Report, Voudouris’s songs are “not like anything else out there; haunting, ethereal, eloquent and inspiring.” As for his mainly improvised narration, Voudouris says, “I’ll be talking about marijuana, health, religion, airline travel, humanity, burial ceremonies, and the extraterrestrials I’ve met.”

 

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Paul Voudouris in Concert

Wed, Jun 13, 7pm

Miguel Malo Auditorium

Bellas Artes, Hernández Macías 75

Tickets:

200 pesos advance

250 at the door

Available for purchase at Solutions, Recreo 11 or

Online: steinwayseries.com

 

 

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