By Cindy Bouchard
Cindy Bouchard, an expat Canadian runs a Boutique Inn, Villa Amor del Mar in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle. She and her husband Chris are living and lovin’ in Vallarta–Nayarit. If you want more info on La Cruz or desire… A very special vacation contact cindy@VillaAmordelMar.com
Characters: Esau, Mimi and Daniel… TATEWARI
Anyone who’s spent any time in La Cruz will have had their senses delighted by the band Tatewari! I adore their music and moreso enjoy the interaction between them. Mimi (who’s real name is Al) is the funny one, I giggle as he tries to get Daniel and Esau to smile throughout the performance. Those of us who’ve seen them grow up playing music and have cheered them on have seen them evolve into not only great musicians but phenomenal young men!
Esau, a phenomenal flamenco musician, studied under a ‘maestro’ in Spain a few years back becoming even more amazing than he was before. Music is his full time gig and you can see him play in various forms; alone, as a duo with Mimi, with the Tatewari group and he also performs on stage in Vallarta theatre groups.
Mimi, one year younger than Esau, recently graduated as a Civil engineer working nights playing with Tatewari, practicing between… that’s commitment! He’s so busy with Tatewari and his duo performances with Esau, that for now he’s made a career with his music rather than engineering. Time will tell which he chooses or if he’ll do both but I hope he keeps playing music as its most definetly a gift to all! So much talent so little time! Speaking of talent, watching/listening as Mimi riffs on his guitar is a religious experience!! Over the last few years, he’s also learned the flamenco guitar, oh my, this music, his talent takes my breath away.
Daniel, one year younger than Mimi, with his solid guitar work, provides a firm “bass” upon which Tatewari builds the mood. His are the strings, which hold Esau and Mimi on course during their not-to-be-missed live performances. What most don’t know about him is that he’s ALSO an amazing chef! Studying at the Universidad tecnología de bahía de banderas, he must have been one of their star students as I’ve had many meals prepared by Daniel and everything is divine! His style is what I call fusion but he also creates meals in the traditional way too and he’s amazingly professional, running his team like an orchestra. Always appearing calm there are many times he does his duties and then goes to a gig with the guys!
Tatewari means ‘grandfather fire’ in the Huichol. The trio play the genre of Flamenco and its variants; composing their own material and production at their concerts. They are exemplary artists with vision. They donate their time and music to many causes, which the public adores and appreciates! Their motto and goal: “To convey the feeling and passion of flamenco through practice, study and sacrifice using traditional musical instruments”.
Be the first to hear their latest music at the CD release party for their “Why isn’t it?” album. Join them Sunday, March 22nd at Falconi’s pizza in La Cruz. Tickets are 100 pesos. Enjoy original music, the genre of Jazz and traditional Mexican music all fused with some flamenco flavor. For tickets, contact Falconi’s pizza (on Calle Sierra) or cindy@VillaAmorDelMar.com
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By Cindy Bouchard