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November 2, 2010

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Our Lady of Guadalupe and photographer

Three of us went down to the Lynn House on Saturday, for the Day of the Dead reception. The exhibit was all right– some really lovely pieces on the walls, especially the repujado— but the music was a brilliant and unexpected surprise. That is why the living and the dead were dancing together.

The harpist is Salvador Vazquez; he has a MySpace page listed on his card, but it doesn’t look like anyone’s been there in three years, so I’m not going to link to it. He explained that the harp was part of the original mariachi ensemble, which of course was all strings. When brass instruments were added, the harp could no longer be heard, and its place has now been taken by the bass guitar.

If you get a chance to hear this, don’t miss it! Gracias a la vida.

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