Jazz Winnipeg: The Mariachi Ghost - release of their new album Puro Dolor , November 2
Known for their stirring live show and dramatic sound, Winnipeg band The Mariachi Ghost will release their new album Puro Dolor on Saturday November 2, Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). The show will take place at the Manitoba Museum in the Planetarium, presented by Jazz Winnipeg.
Remarking on the release date, lead vocalist and guitarist Jorge Requena explains "The Day of the Dead is a really culturally relevant day in Mexican culture. It is the day when we remember and honour those who have passed by spending time with their memory. Every year we try to host an event that teaches people to understand it and love it (as opposed to calling it simply 'Mexican Halloween'). This year we honour the people who we lost during the making of the album. Four of our fathers passed on, and this music is for them as much as it is for us."
"We'd love for people to bring pictures of their loved ones and a food item their loved ones enjoyed, to share in our Day of the Dead offering," Jorge explains. "It is a cultural part of this event that helps people share in each other's memories, sorrows and happiness all together."
To add to the celebration, local favourite BMC Market will be in attendance. Each ticket purchased includes three tacos.
Jazz Winnipeg artistic director Michael Falk speaks of the band's lofty plans, "seeing ambitious ideas come to life with bold creativity in our local music scene is tremendously exciting. This is a special project, with a partnership model that we're excited to be part of."
Puro Dolor is the follow up to The Mariachi Ghost's 2013 self-titled debut, which went on to win the 2014 Western Canadian Music Award for "World Recording of the Year," and climbed to the top of music charts across Canada.
The new album is about loss and the process of time. Requena explains, "life is like a puzzle where you start with all the beautiful pieces of yourself and with so much work you finally put it together. Then you try again and again and again but every time you lose a couple pieces until there is nothing but the large gap between the pieces that remain. That is what defines us. Life is made up of the things that are taken away."
ABOUT THE MARIACHI GHOST
The Mariachi Ghost, from Winnipeg, Canada, summon the ghosts of old Mexico through traditional Mexican song, haunting synths and explosive guitar lines, alongside rich harmonies, commanding lead vocals and spectral dance. Their show leaps from anguish and longing to a raging fury in a heartbeat.
The band started as an art project among friends in 2009, aesthetically inspired by a graphic novel written by lead-singer Jorge Requena Ramos. Since the band's inception, they've grown to an internationally acclaimed touring act playing festival stages in Canada, the US, Mexico and Europe.
Tickets are $35 and include three tacos by BMC Market on night of show.
Tickets available online, at the Jazz Winnipeg office, and at the Manitoba Museum box office.
Jazz Winnipeg is a non-profit organization promoting the art of jazz through concert presentations and community outreach. As producers of the annual jazz festival, as well as concerts and workshops throughout the year, Jazz Winnipeg is a vibrant and essential organization, dedicated to the enrichment of Winnipeg's cultural community.
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