Category archives for: Music

Art Meets Music in Kahren Arbitman’s Upcoming Lecture at the Peralta

Hieronymus Bosch, scene from hell

By Fredric Dannen In 1879, American artist John Singer Sargent embarked on a five-month trip through Spain and North Africa. Enchanted by the pageantry of Spanish Gypsy dance, Singer began making preparations for a nearly twelve-foot-wide painting called El Jaleo, which he completed in 1882. The painting depicts a woman in a shawl, dancing flamenco [...]

Dynamic Opening Weekend for the San Miguel International Music Festival


By Dirk Bakker The San Miguel International Music Festival, now its 38th year, has become predictable in the best sense—in concert after concert, the musicianship has been dependably at the highest level. In past seasons, the opening weekend has also been rather predictable; usually a string ensemble playing, say, Haydn quartets and other gilt-edged standards [...]

Doug Robinson Brings His Trio to Mon Bistro


By Gilles Vachon The Doug Robinson Trio will bring its cinematic approach to jazz to the intimate back room of Mon Bistro on Mesones 56 on Thursday, July 21. Reservations are available at the restaurant for both the 6pm and the 8pm shows. Music Doug Robinson Trio in the Back Room at Mon Bistro Thu, [...]

Muro Benefit Concert for Rural Education Institute

By William O. Gregg Rural Education Institute is very pleased to be the beneficiary of a concert by renowned guitarist Alfredo Muro on Saturday, July 16. The concert will be held at St. Paul’s Anglican Church on Calzada del Cardo at 6pm. Muro has taught and performed around the world presenting a wide range of [...]

Jun Nagao’s The Planets Western Hemisphere Premiere in San Miguel

Jum Nagao

By Fredric Dannen Several years ago, a friend of mine came to San Miguel de Allende after a visit to Tokyo, with a present in hand: a classical CD then unavailable outside of Japan. It had the intriguing title The Planets by Trouvère. My friend explained that an award-winning composer named Jun Nagao had taken [...]

Sachal Vasandani, Jazz Singer from New York City

Sacal Vasandani

By Tere Urtusástegui Join us for an extraordinary concert from the 22nd International Jazz and Blues Festival in San Miguel de Allende, featuring the Sachal Vasandani Jazz Quartet. Vasandani is a Grammy award nominee; The New York Times has called him “a bright young singer with charisma to spare.” Concert Sachal Vasandani Jazz Quartet Sat, [...]

Alfredo Muro in Concert


By Miguel Rangel “The music of Alfredo Muro elevates the guitar to a higher plane…it is richly eloquent.” –José Feliciano St Paul’s Anglican Church is proud to present world-renowned Peruvian classical guitarist Alfredo Muro in a benefit concert for the Rural Education Institute, “Guitarra Ibero-Americana-Ibero American Guitar.” He’ll be sharing his great musical passions⎯the rich [...]

The Healing Music of Russill Paul


By Estella Inda Russill Paul has been teaching spirituality to the West in some of the most respected institutions, centers, and conferences in the United States and Canada. His training was as a Benedictine monk and yogi in India. In addition to teaching through online events and live programs around the United States and other [...]

El Javi Flamenco: Rockin’ San Miguel

By Viridiana Gutiérrez El Javi is the name of both the band and the front man/guitarist. The sound can be described as flamenco fusion, but that doesn’t come close to encapsulating the duo’s range from smooth and sultry to rocking intensity. If you’re a Led Zeppelin fan or a classic rock fan in general, you’ll [...]

Hitting the Right Note: The San Miguel International Music Festival Comes into Its Own


By Fredric Dannen No one who takes part in the thriving classical concert scene around the world can doubt that statement. There is a new generation of young musicians performing both standard and modern repertoire with all the aplomb of their predecessors. New works are commissioned every day, and eager audiences gather to hear them. [...]

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