Elena is very fortunate to have the opportunity to study the folk music of Tierra Caliente, Mexico with Paul Anastasio. Paul fell hard for Calentano music when he first heard Juan Reynoso, the Paganini of Tierra Caliente, play at a music festival in Port Townsend, WA. Upon hearing that this incredible music was in danger of extinction, Paul became determined to make sure that the music survived. Through Paul's intense focus and single-minded tenacity, the music is no longer on the brink of complete loss. Sadly, this incredibly rich traditional music has gone out of style down in the Hotlands, and there are precious few young people learning how to play it. Over a ten year period, Paul made twenty visits to Mexico, recorded more than 3,000 hours of audio/video and transcribed over 700 tunes. He was able to record and learn from many of the great masters of this style, who were old men then and are now all dead. One might say he got to it just in the knick of time. The music has a unique latin sound and many layers to it. Many of the tunes are dramatically unlike anything you have ever heard before.
In Paul's words: The music of southwestern Mexico's Tierra Caliente del Balsas is a conglomeration of styles from Africa, Cuba, North and South America, Spain, Austria, Slovakia and many other countries. Heard through a Tierra Caliente filter, the waltzes, danzones, marches, polkas, foxtrots, pasodobles and other styles that originated in these far-flung places took on a unique regional flavor. Elena has been working on learning the guitar backup for this beautiful music since the summer of 2011. You can search "Juan Reynoso Violin" on YouTube to see many video's of Juan Reynoso and other great players from Tierra Caliente. For more info on Calentano music, please visit: hotlandsmusic.org
Paul Anastasio & Fire of Tierra Caliente is available to play for your event.