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Jazz Musician Papacho Sirdey Returns to San Miguel with a Quintet


By Billie Rose Ulmer

Music lovers, take note! If you’ve been around San Miguel de Allende for a while, you’ve probably heard the name “Papacho.” If you’re new in town, remember it, because wherever Papacho Sirdey goes, great music follows.

We were desolée a few years back when he left us to move to Montreal for studies and to grow both his talent and his brand. After a stint at the University of Montreal, he is now an active member of the city’s jazz scene, collaborating with artists such as Rodrigo Simoes, Ivan Garzon, and Sonia Johnson. He also has his own trio with bassist Olivier Babaz and drummer Ivan Banford.

The great news is he’s back! It’s just for a visit, but with plans for an ambitious series of multicultural, multigenre concerts, each featuring a visiting artist from Montreal and San Miguel musicians with whom he’s worked for more than a decade. The first concert will take place July 16 at Teatro Ángela Peralta, and will feature guitarist Paul Couvreur.

“The purpose of the concert series is to gather and collaborate with musicians with whom I’ve played in the past 10 years,” says Sirdey. “I find we all come from different backgrounds. However, we speak the same musical language and share the same musical vision. This meeting opens a space for musical exchange and creates the opportunity for future projects.”

“This is the first of a series of concerts where I will be inviting Montreal artists to San Miguel and, hopefully, in the near future, doing the same with musicians from México, bringing them to Montreal. The repertoire has mixed influences, from stride piano to straight-ahead jazz, mixing Spanish rhythms and odd meters, and is mainly comprised of original compositions by Paul and me as well as some “head” arrangements of traditional jazz standards by the band.”

The concert’s international guest is guitarist Paul Couvreur from Toulouse, France, whom Sirdey met at the University of Montreal, and with whom he’s been playing for the last year.

“His melodic ideas and harmonic conception show great maturity and imaginative approach,” Sirdey praises. “Our rhythm section will be Adrian Flores from México City. He boasts a steady-grounded round sound and solid drive, reflecting his experience and knowledge of jazz tradition. There’s also the well-known local drummer and percussionist Victor Monterrubio, who has been a musical partner of mine for many years and with whom I share musical affinities. We’ve worked on numerous projects together such as Percussion Central, Hopalong Jazz Quintet, and my own trio. His versatility in numerous styles from flamenco to free jazz makes him one of the most sought-after musicians in central México.”

Tickets will be available for this event at the Teatro Ángela Peralta box office and at Cine Bacco. Children and students under 16 are admitted free.



“Stride, Bop & Beyond!”

Tue, Jul 16, 6pm

Teatro Ángela Peralta

Mesones 82, Centro

350 and 250 pesos




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