Live at the Errington Hall
Saturday, March 24th
Tickets $20 in stores and $22.50 online
Doors at 7:30pm & Show at 8:00 PM
Tickets also available at the usual outlets: Errington Store, Cranky Dog
Music in Parksville, Heaven on Earth in Qualicum and at the door if
still available. www.ErringtonHall.ca
It's probably a good thing Carlos wasn't there when the harmonica appeared in North America in the 1860s. Aspiring harmonica players Wyatt Earp and Billy the Kid might have overreacted and pulled out their pistols...
To say he plays the harmonica is like saying "Jimi Hendrix plays guitar". He blows the blues harp through a prism -- suddenly it seems he's holding every color in the musical rainbow right there in his hands.
Simultaneously sophisticated and raw, his playing blurs the boundaries between blues and jazz (hence the name for his band “The Blues Mongrels” - Eric St. Laurent on guitar and Henry Heillig on bass. The emphasis is on blues, but Carlos and his band are not afraid to merrily traipse off in other directions delivering a seamless fusion of New Orleans second line grooves, swing, Latin, hip-hop or ska melodies, to swampy roots rock.
Born in Havana, Cuba, del Junco (loosely translated "of the reeds") immigrated with his family at the age of one. He bent his first note on a harmonica when he was fourteen, making his debut with his high school math teacher at a student talent night. In his early 20's del Junco was immersed in a visual arts career; he graduated with honours from a four-year programme, majoring in sculpture. The three-dimensional art form has definitely had an influence on his outlook on music: "Music is just a different way of creating textures and shapes."
Playing a ten hole diatonic harmonica, Carlos has developed the unique ability to play chromatically by using a recently developed "overblow" technique taught to him by jazz virtuoso Howard Levy. Overall, this approach to the diatonic harmonica, although much more difficult to achieve, is in many ways more expressive and communicative than the mechanized tone produced by the chromatic harmonica. Carlos is one of the few pioneers of this overblow method, bringing musical credibility to what has still been considered by many in the music industry - a fringe folk instrument. The sophisticated sound produced by del Junco is at once sensitive, soulful, and sexy while never forgetting the rawness inherent in blues music.