Los Macorinos launch their first instrumental album Nosotros : NPR

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Miguel Peña and Juan Carlos Allende, Los Macorinos. Photograph by Alejandra Barragán.

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Alejandra Barragán


Miguel Peña and Juan Carlos Allende, Los Macorinos. Photograph by Alejandra Barragán.

Alejandra Barragán

You understand their sound if you hear them. They have been round for many years.

Now, Los Macorinos, comprised of guitarists Juan Carlos Allende and Miguel Peña, have launched their first instrumental album known as Nosotros.

As a guitar duet, Los Macorinos have a singular model. Peña performs the rhythm base, some concord and some thrives. Allende performs the melody. Typically their sound is a confluence of South American musical traditions, as within the track Sombras. Different occasions their sound is steeped within the Mexican ranchera guitar model, as within the basic Cruz de Olvido.

«With their music, they elevate our emotions, at all times enjoyable and at all times aware of magnificence in each observe that they play, says singer Lila Downs.

Allende and Peña began enjoying as a duet when Chavela Vargas recruited them to accompany her on a legendary comeback tour in 2003. They tailored to her wants with a sparse and intimate model. Peña says Vargas didn’t simply sing, she transmitted.

«Each phrase had an intention. When she mentioned ‘Drink this bottle with me!’ she would say it in such a manner that she would switch her intention to the viewers,» he says. Their working relationship lasted 10 years, till her dying in August 2012.

However lengthy earlier than they began accompanying Vargas, Allende and Peña had separate and memorable careers. Allende was a cellist in a symphony orchestra in Argentina (he later switched to classical guitar). Peña had a full-time job because the guitarist for Mexico’s famous person pop singer José José.

Over time, they’ve labored with a number of artists who admire their sound. In early 2017, Allende and Peña have been invited to report two albums with pop singer Natalia Lafourcade. That yr, Lafourcade’s first album with Allende and Peña, titled Musas, Vol 2., received a Latin Grammy.

Natalia Lafourcade and Los Macorinos.


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Singer Eugenia León, who government produced Nosotros attribute Pena and Allende’s success to having a specific stamp.

«Their work gathers a major interval within the historical past of Mexican music which has its pinnacle with their work as Los Macorinos», Leon says. «And with this album, I am certain many younger musicians are going to observe their college.»

Violinist, guitarist and singer Ernesto Anaya agrees. He says Allende and Peña are the unsung heroes behind many initiatives, however on the finish of the day, what issues is who they’re as musicians.

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