Chamber Vs. Chamber No. 9: Y La Bamba + Eric & Encarnación. Nov 10th
Chamber Vs. Chamber No. 9: Y La Bamba + Eric & Encarnación
November 10th. 8pm. Top Of The Town. Sorrento Hotel. 7th Floor.
We are bringing heart-throb indie band Y La Bamba and flamenco stars Eric & Encarnación from Flamenco de Raiz together for the poetic fact that at the core of their craft is the unmistakable tradition of gypsy music. It is that simple, we want to hear these two beautiful ensembles on the same evening, and we want to sit down for a fireside chat about how they make music.
"If you pine for the day when Astrud Giberto records some lounge-inspired Mexican songs with Devendra Banhart, the Portland, OR's Y La Bamba is totally your jam. Produced by the Decemberists' Chris Funk and masterminded by smooth chanteuse Luzelena Mendoza, Lupon is a haunted collection of avant-folk stunners." - Bust
With Y LA BAMBA, Luzelena Mendoza draws from both her strict Catholic upbringing as an only daughter of a Mexican immigrant and a debilitating illness that led her to fall away from her faith, to create what LA Weekly calls "Devendra Banhart-influenced art-folk with hazy femme vocals and traditional Mexican sounds.".
With a raw songbook of home recordings under her belt and a new group of musicians to help Mendoza with her musical vision, Y LA BAMBA began to captivate audiences in Portland and tour stops around the US. Eventually, the quintet would attract the attention of The Decemberists guitarist, Chris Funk, who offered his production skills for the band's first studio recording. Funk worked tirelessly to capture Y LA BAMBA's rustic tones, songs inspired by the traditional tunes of Mendoza's childhood, and her signature vocals that resemble the sounds spilling out of a 1930's Victrola. (Of late the band just inished a tour with Neko Case, and are putting the finishing touches on a new album produced by Stever Berlin of Los Lobos)
Eric & Encarnación
Eric "El Comanche Gitano" has been playing guitar professionally all of his adult life. He has lived and studied extensively in Andalucía, Spain. His most influential teacher has been Martín Chico of the famous gypsy flamenco family los Revuelos. His extensive experience both on the stage and as producer/songwriter bring out a strong sense of composition and melody as well as making him a captivating performer. Eric is the lead guitarist and co-founder/producer of the band "Children of the Revolution", who fuse flamenco, latin, middle-eastern and rock influences. COTR has produced 7 CDs to date, is featured on Putumayo's "Greece" and "Swing around the World" CDs, have and have sold out theaters all over the Seattle area, including Meany Hall, the Paramount Theater, and Benaroya Hall, and The Triple Door as well as touring around the world in major festivals and theater series including headlining Quebec's prestigious "World Guitar festival" with Manuel Barrueco.
Encarnación "La Paloma", dancer/singer/guitarist was born in Barcelona to a family of exiles from the Spanish Civil war and lived between Barcelona and Mexico City most of her life. Still, her family kept her immersed in flamenco music while in Mexico. In Andalucía, she has studied with Belén Maya, Miguel Vargas, Juan Ogalla, Soraya Clavijo, Mario Maya, and Cristobal Reyes. In Mexico, she studied with Manolo Vargas, and Ricardo Montoya, her most influential teacher, with whom she performed in tablaos and theaters all across Mexico as well as touring/recording with COTR.
Together they are bringing top level artists direct from Spain such as Rafael de Utrera to the NW for the first time as well as touring nationally and internationally. Their new live CD "Flamenco de Raiz will be released early November 2011.