Thirty-two jazz artists from eight countries are tuning their instruments for the 12th Jalisco Jazz Festival and Live Looping Festival in Mexico Friday.
A dozen concerts and a myriad melodies will burst forth from Guadalajara's Constitucion Cultural Center this weekend.
Considered one of the modern world's most innovative artists, Rick Walker is among the top performers appearing at the event. With 30 years of experience in percussion, environmental sounds, 'found sounds' and classic instruments, the electronic music composer will perform a compilation of audio experiences.
Walker founded the World Beat movement in the '80s and, more recently, the International Live Looping Movement which has amassed a considerable following due to the expanding EDM (electronic dance music) market and sophistication of digital looping synthesizers. He will be performing with his group, the Walker MF Trio, which includes Eliud Ernandes on bass and Hugo Mijangos on guitar.
Another star performer due to grace the stage is Mexican composer and jazz pianist Olivia Revueltas, a prestigious figure in the music community.
"You cannot understand the history of jazz in Mexico without the presence of Olivia," said saxophonist and composer Alain Derbez.
With a classic background, Revueltas found her place in the world of jazz at an early age while walking home in Mexico City, savoring the sounds of the minor keys flowing down the street.
"Each musician must express himself democratically with the solos, supported by the other musicians who will then carry the main voice... Jazz is the classical music of the 20th century," Revueltas said, naming Horace Silver as one of her key inspirations.
The Mexican aficionado summed up the music style, saying: "It is going and sitting at the piano and asking the universe for permission."