So far, the performances have been very successful! The bar is great and is a pretty intimate space, which is nice for both performers and audience. We have had probably 80-100 or more people each week and though we only have one more performance scheduled, it seems that the bar is going to invite us to stay for two more weeks, so I guess that is a good sign!
The other great project that I have been involved in just took place on Thursday night. Last semester, I met composer Felipe Perez Santiago at an event at the escuela. Not long after that, he asked me to work in a project that he was putting together. A drive-in movie theater was just opening in Coyoacán and Felipe knew the owners. He talked to them and they invited him to get a group together to open for the movie The Wall. The idea was for Felipe to choose several short silent films and compose music to be played during the showing of those films. Felipe is already a member of a rock band, Mal’Akh, so he chose to write for Mal’Akh plus some extra players. In the end, we had a group of flute, clarinet/sax, cello, 2 guitars, drum set, and voice. I never thought that I would play with a rock band but I have to say, it was a really awesome experience! Everyone was great to work with and a lot of fun! The performance went really well and I have a feeling that if the audience liked it (which they seemed to) that we could be asked back again, which would be a lot of fun!
The drive-in (or autocinema, as it is called here) is very much what I would imagine a 50’s drive-in to look like. The music playing before the show started was all music from the 50’s and 60’s (some with video, like Marilyn Monroe’s Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend); concessions such as popcorn, hot dogs, and malts; and you can even call a car service to rent a classic car for the occasion!
You have to have a car to get into the autocinema (because you pay by the car), but they do have seats on the ground (the cars are parked on the raised cement level seen below) so that if you would prefer to get out of your car and enjoy a nice night, you can sit and watch the show.
I took some video that we are having trouble uploading to YouTube but when we figure it out, I will post so you can hear some clips 🙂