The here and now... and what and why

Complacency is a trap. At least that’s what I was thinking when I up and left the comfort of a Yankee prep school gig, where I taught music, amongst other things, for 28 years. There was also that life long career as a composer, musician and artist.

First, it was a year in St. Thomas, USVI, working as a reporter and shooting photography and then, a year in San Agustin Etla, Oaxaca, Mexico.
Time passed.
More time passed and a year back in the Athens of America followed by a hasty return to Oaxaca where it is all happening.
A couple of years in San Sebastian Etla and now, just down the road in San Pablo Etla. Life is good.

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Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico
Musician, photographer, videographer, reporter, ex-officio teacher, now attempting to be a world traveler

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Rare and precious

I have a thing for the tuba or basso players here in Oaxaca. They are the best I have ever heard and remember, I'm a conservatory trained (Go NEC!) pro musician/conductor/producer and have hung with some heavy hitters over the years.  Why tuba? Well, there are no bass players in most of the bands and the tuba takes its place. These players have a personalities unlike any others.  They are like lead guitarists, some serious egos at work.  They totally rule and display such amazing virtuosity at times, that I've had to rethink how the instrument can and should be played.  This ain't no oom-pah music.
And almost all the players are male with some serious body heft and the traditional moustache that most brass player seem to have.  So you can imagine my delight when I spotted this young lady from Santa Maria Comalito playing in a concert in the Tlacolula's zocalo last Sunday. 
It was a sweet little performance as the band, mostly made up of kids, played some Oaxacan traditional numbers, like Offenbach's "Can Can" and "New York, New York."  They actually were quite good and the crowd loved them.  Me, too.
I wish I could have talked to her, but she was too busy kickin' butt and taking names. 
And here are some of players in whose footsteps she is following. A video of some of Oxaca's finest.

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