Tlacuatzin is a son huasteco trio from Mexico and I had the good fortune of studying with all three musicians last year. Yuyu I have known since she was a girl, still living in her hometown and back then in Tepetzintla she was already playing son huasteco with another two local girls. Eloy was starting to develop his astounding approach to the jarana huasteca, a small five stringed guitar-like instrument, when we met in Xalapa about 10 years ago. Manolo became a dear friend last November when I was a guest in his house during the Day of the Dead celebrations in El Higo, Veracruz. In just over a month Toronto will be treated to 2 weeks of their music in a variety of venues and contexts. It is fortuitous that they will performing on November 2nd at the launch of Lotería Huasteca, my book about the region they also celebrate with their music. More information here about the launch.
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