Baroque in the New World
Temembe Ensamble Continuo, a seven-member group that takes its name from the river running by its rehearsal space, specializes in fusing the son jarocho and son huasteco traditions with the music of the Mexican Baroque. In practice, this involves six members of the ensemble playing various guitar and guitar-like instruments plus percussion, while four members sing and one dances. How this will work with Savall and his singers and players is anyone's guess--but anything's possible. With their slashing guitars and flailing percussion, some of Savall's recordings of early Spanish music with Hesperion XX (as it was known in the last century) sounded like an early-music version of the Who, so it's not unthinkable that this collaboration could sound like a down-home version of Los Lobos.
As always, the only way to know is to go.
[Originally published in September, 2010.]