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Duende: Expect the Unexpected in Vallarta-Nayarit

January 3, 2018

Duende brings a unique sound to Banderas Bay this coming season... from the classics to Rumba, pop, rock, gypsy, flamenco and now some African inspired rhythms from Geo's recent time in South Africa.

La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Nayarit, Mexico - The goal of the musical trio, Duende, is to give the audience new ways to think about the music that we all love. To imagine, create, arrange and share it with all people who love music!

The spirit of Duende is born of struggle and suffering. True creativity has this spirit flowing through its music, art and words. Duende is infused with extraordinary musical talent, creativity, art, dance and hybrid instruments which leads to an unique, exciting and captivating musical experience.


The music is eclectic and covers both classical and popular. The extraordinary blending of the 5 string cello (with a range from cello to bass), the 5 string violin (covering violin to viola), acoustic guitar and percussion (including various drums and some unique percussion instruments) create a exquisite and satisfying sound. Their goal is to find different melodies and rhythms and present them in new and creative ways.

Luis Razon on cello, flute, drums, etc... is a musical wizard and demonstrates a complete mastery of the music playing perfectly in synch with Lily on percussion and Geo on guitar and violin. Each member of Duende is an accomplished musician. Geo is an amazing violinist and guitarist. Lily in all her beauty, grace and expertise is riveting as a dancer and gives a brilliant performance on percussion and vocals. This season, they are adding keyboard and electric guitar to the show.

Duende's sound is magic. It is a true collaborative effort as Geo writes the music and Lilly and Luis practice all summer, learning the new rhythms and passing creative suggestions back and forth. They have been putting in 12 hour practice days preparing for the new show. Geo will be singing a few new songs and Lilly will be bringing some new, original dance style to the performance. Duende keeps evolving and that's what makes them so interesting.

Duende is all about these three souls sharing, collaborating and connecting with world music in the "Muzo" (South African for 'musician') ways. To enhance and create a full sound with just three musicians, Duende uses state-of-the-art synchronized double looping. There are no back tracks, just the music made by these exceptional musicians. We hear the melody in the background and it's fascinating to see how well the looping works to create a complete sound.

Duende brings a unique sound to Banderas Bay this coming season... from the classics to Rumba, pop, rock, gypsy, flamenco and now some African inspired rhythms from Geo's recent time in South Africa. Always fresh and innovative! Come see how the culture of Africa has flavored the new presentation.

Duende performs in Puerto Vallarta on Fridays at 7 pm starting January 12th and at Octopus Garden in La Cruz (on the North Shore) on Saturdays at 8 pm, Jan. 6 & 20, Feb. 3 & 17, and March 3 & 17. Go to incantovallarta.com and hikuri.com for more information or to purchase tickets.