Singer Yanin Saavedra previews her debut album at her Ajijic home
Yanin Saavedra takes the first step to reaching out to a global audience with a concert at her Ajijic home for supporters and music journalists.
Photo: Patrick O’Heffernan
Patrick O’Heffernan (Ajijic, Jal.) A full house of friends, family and music industry representatives occupied Ajijic singer-songwriter Yanin Saavedra’s home last week for the preview of her debut album, Busqeda. Yanin and her partner, bass player Gilberto Rios, turned their house in West Ajijic into an welcoming venue with a bar on the lawn, a buffet of delicious meats, cheeses, fruits and breads, and a living room packed with chairs for the crowd. Several photographers and a cameraman were on hand to record the event.
The living room glittered with candles and a projection of the album cover on one wall as the crowd mingled in clusters around the pool, sipping wine and mescal. Yanin moved from group to group, hugging friends, enchanting visitors with her 1000-watt smile, and trying her best to contain her excitement.
Saavedra is well-known in Lakeside where she teaches music in local schools and plays in local venues, so the whole community was looking forward to the party and to the album. She has toured Mexico and Europe, playing festivals and clubs and even streets across the Continent. She has been influenced by traditional music from around the world and contemporary Latin music. This gives her original songs an up-to-the-minute Latin flavor with a global mixture of traditional rhythms and sensibilities. She blends the many influences from her travel with her glorious voice and impressive guitar skills to create a unique style often tagged in the “world music” genre, but which is actually much broader.
Despite her extensive touring and live performances, Busqueda is her first album. She has released singles on Bandcamp and a live video on YouTube, but this will be her first foray into a global audience. As careful and precise as she is creative, Yanin decided to preview the album, rather than release it — part of a strategy to introduce herself to the world and to insure that her rights are protected – a step many musicians skip in their rush to market.
The band was set up in a corner of the spacious living room, backed by a sunlit window into the garden. Yanin stood in the center surrounded by the musicians – Gilberto Rios on bass, Vinent Houdré on accordion , Angel Madrigal on drums and Luis Almaguer on guitar – and thanked her many supporters before launching into the first songs on the album. About halfway through, she took a break so the audience could refresh their drinks, graze at the buffet table. The second half of the concert ramped up the tempo earning clapping and dancing from the audience. Altogether a good start for what is sure to be a huge success.
Yanin has not yet set a arelease date for Busqeda but singles can be heard on Yanin’s Bandcamp page. Follow her on Facebook for an announcement of the album release.