First up I have to commend my Puerto Vallarta musical correspondent for introducing me to the awesome violin of Érika del Rea. Thanks Bill, who knows well my penchant for a pretty girl playing a violin. And boy does Érika fit the bill.
It turns out she has an equally talented brother who plays the guitar and viola. Érika and Vick del Rea and sometimes their younger sister Sara are Grupo Arcano, they can often be seen performing in local clubs and on the Malecon, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
They started their musical studies in 1992, and later formed part of the Alica foundation of Nayarit’s youth orchestra, where Érika, on violin, and Vick, on viola, participated in concerts all through of Mexico.
Later they joined the Chamber Orchestra of Nayarit, where they performed in major concerts, including one at the Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City.
Now they are a duo, Arcano, who perform in the restaurants and clubs not only in Puerto Vallarta, but also in major cities throughout Mexico. Along the way they have released a gaggle of albums.
Enough of the background, let’s get to the music, and boy what a sound this is.
The big problem here is what tracks to include, her diversity in music is immense.
So where to start? How about the beginning (of the alphabet) with Abba, well with one of their great songs. I don’t think I have heard anyone else since Abba bring out the beauty and pathos of this song, and all without a word.
Here’s a performance by Arcano at the Mexico City Arena which is an indoor arena in Azcapotzalco, Mexico City, Mexico. It looks like a grand time was had by all. And Érika is resplendent in that awesome red dress, and her violin playing is awesome as usual.
Huapango de Moncayo
Huapango is a symphonic work by the Mexican composer José Pablo Moncayo , released in 1941 and probably the best known of that composer, strongly associated with the nationalist cultural and audiovisual production of Mexico , to such point that in that country has been called the third National Anthem Mexican , after the March of Zacatecas . It was composed from the reinterpretation of traditional rhythms huapango , mainly veracruzanos , and parts of the region as El Siquisirí , The Balajú and Gavilancillo. [Wikipedia]
Next up a beautiful rendition of one of my favorite John Legend songs.
Érika gets her feet wet in this one, but all in all it is a very expressive and beautiful piece. With some magical piano from Vick, have to give him his props.
All Of Me
#violinistademexico #erikadelreal #vickdelreal #allofmeviolin
OK so now we are up to Miley Cyrus, another great tune. And well transposed to violin and piano. Grupo Arcano in fine fettle, in what looks to be Puerto Vallarta, maybe. Beautiful video, beautiful location, beautiful entertainment.
A truly awesome rendition of Bitter Sweet Symphony, the Verve classic.
The vacationers and locals in Puerto Vallarta and other spots im Mexico are truly lucky to get such amazing entertainment. This is just sooooooo good.
Any violinist worth their salt has to play some Vivaldi, and this is some Vivaldi. From the Four Seasons (Le quattro stagioni) this is Summer (Verano) and what a summer we are having. I’m fairly sure this is what “Ultra-Vivaldi” by Darryl Way and Francis Monkman is based upon. And this performance is in that region. A great rendition, wish I had been there to see/hear it.
Este video me lo dedico Ericka la violinista de Arcano la mejor de toda!!! Grax Ericka
The first track a wonderful version of the Kansas song and then I love me some Hungarian gypsy music, I know this was written by an Italian gentleman named Vittorio Monti. But I always associate it with Hungary. Because the gypsy violinist(s) in each Budapest restaurant or bar (and they all have at least one) always play this tune. Maybe because it displays their skills.
And we know Érika has skills.
Dust in the Wind + Csárdás
Finally today this was one heck of a night in Puerto Vallarta, this is an original piece written by them.
Beautiful doesn’t cover it. They should play more of their own compositions, this some how for me captures the essence of a Mediterranean vacation. I know this is Mexico, but I’ve never been to Mexico, so I always think of Spain. And this looks a bit like Spain.
Concierto Arcano en vivo desde los Arcos en Puerto Vallarta
Autores: Érika y Vick del Real
Realización: Ruy Melena (Mentes3D.com)
Sergio Chávez (grua)