About the Esquivel Megaband
Mr. Ho’s Orchestroticain its Esquivel Megaband ensemble formationis the world’s only way to experience the lost space-age pop music of Esquivel, live. Via meticulous transcriptions from the original 1950s hi-fi recordings, the band has recreated this masterful musician’s lost arrangements and presents them in a program called, Sonorama: The Lost Music of Esquivel. Featuring the music of Billy Strayhorn, Cole Porter, Ernesto Lecuona, and others, the show exposes listeners to the wild, zany mind of Mexico’s king of space-age bachelor pad music. In stereo, of course!
2018 also marks the 100th birthday of Juan Garcia Esquivel, who continues to inspire artists and musicians to this day. He even made a cameo in the recent Pixar movie, Coco, playing glass harmonic backstage at a talent show!
Who is Esquivel?
Juan Garcia Esquivel was Mexico's "Duke Ellington," a virtuosic pianist and large ensemble arranger that eventually became known as the "king of space-age bachelor pad music" posthumously. While he did compose a bit, he is known for his very distinct arranging style that was meant to exploit the new technology of the day: stereo. In addition to recording for RCA Living Stereo, he was also considered somewhat of a "playboy." Esquivel had a residency at the Stardust in Las vegas and also was personally asked to open up for Sinatra on several occasions. On our public website has a list of links to articles about Juan Garcia Esquivel.
Disponible en Español
This show is available in English, Spanish, or both and has been presented in Mexico several times.
I recommend the [Esquivel Megaband] on behalf of the Montreal Jazz Festival. We and our massive crowds loved both of their shows, and the band was very easy to work with despite their large size. JazzIz loved their performance's "incredible precision and passion," and Michael Bourne personally told me he loved it as well. Marc-André Sarault Montreal Jazz Festival
Brian's work to transcribe the lost arrangements of Esquivel by hand is nothing short of incredible. Their concert at our festival was fantastic, and I will keep recommending this wonderful project to my peers! Claudia Norman Mexico Now Festival NYC