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Violinist David Mendoza Returns to San Miguel After Three-Month Absence

By Lorelei Capell

David Mendoza gave his last concerts in San Miguel in March—a sold-out event at the 400-plus-seat Teatro Ángela Peralta—and April, the latter being a special preview of his new album, Birds Fly In, at Casa de la Noche.

Now, after a three-month absence, he’s back. Mendoza will be giving a single concert at Paprika Restaurant, Ancha de San Antonio 7, with pianist Lorelei Capell, at 5:30pm, on Tuesday, August 13. The program will include music of Ennio Morricone, Ludovico Einaudi, Yann Tiersen, and Joe Hisaishi. Mendoza will also play selections from Birds Fly In.

Tickets are on sale now at Paprika. Spaces are limited. Tickets are priced at 400 pesos in advance and 450 pesos at the door. For more information, call the restaurant at 415 152 4373 or send a message via Facebook messenger: paprikarestaurantesma. All tickets include a courtesy drink.

Mendoza’s events are always well attended and for good reason. Grammy-nominated recording artist Michael Hoppé says Mendoza’s “wonderfully expressive violin playing” is “one of the most beautiful sounds one can hear in San Miguel de Allende.”

For a promotional video about the concert, enter this search term in Google: “David Mendoza—Back in San Miguel de Allende.”

David Mendoza was born in México City to a musical family and began his violin studies at age seven with Jose Manuel de Águila Cortez, violinist of the Chamber Orchestra of Bellas Artes. At 12, he began teaching himself percussion. Five years later, he began formal jazz studies with Mexican maestro Antonio Cardenas. Piano and composition studies followed. Today, he is one of the most in-demand musicians in San Miguel.

Mendoza’s original music cannot be classified with a single term. Take gypsy jazz, Paganini-level classical technique, a sighing and breathing bow, dancing fingers, and a rainbow palette of musical colors, and combine them. Mix in elements of “post-rock”—the use of electronics to create ethereal timbres and textures and the hypnotic repetition of musical motifs à la Brian Eno—and you’ll get the idea.



Violinist David Mendoza

With pianist Lorelei Capell

Tue, Aug 13, 5:30pm

Paprika Restaurant

Ancha de San Antonio 7

Tickets are on sale now at Paprika

400 pesos advance, 450 pesos at the door

Spaces are limited

415 152 4373


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