While dancing amongst the sold out crowd at the Boulder Theater it became clear to me…..why haven't I seen this band before? This relatively unknown band performs like a veteran group, with a commanding visual presence and an amazing display of musicianship to back it up.
It was on this night fans gathered to hear the band and celebrate the release of Kan'nal's first ever DVD, Live at The Boulder Theater. This film showcases one of the group's amazing live performances at the hometown theater last year.
This tribal rock group from Colorado blends elements of Latin, Mediterranean, and new age rock that remind one of Santana, Rusted Root or Los Lonely Boys, but with a more authentic appeal. Members of Kan'nal originally formed in Guatemala, and were drawn together by their love for international music. Fans of this group appreciate their unique, organic sound and are treated to a true world music experience.
This multicultural ensemble comprised of singer/guitarist Tzol, guitarist Tierro, bassist Roldolfo Escobar, performance artist Teresita Hinojoso, drummer Gilly Gonzalez, didgeridoo player/percussionist Aaron Jerad, and performance artist Akayate took to the stage last Friday night to perform many of the songs captured on Live at the Boulder Theater, as well as new songs that have been written along the way. From song one the band had managed to captivate the audience with their earthy good looks, exceptional musical talent, and stunning theater performance.
The band ripped through favorites, lead by the psychedelic guitar work of Tierro and Tzol's silky vocals; all back dropped by a stunning light show. Already known for their accompanying dancers, midway through the set fans were treated to authentic Aztec dancers and instrumentalists, who were donned with giant headdresses and body paint.
Featured percussion solos highlighted many of the jams throughout the evening, as Gonzalez pounded rhythmic beats and Jerad's multi-didgeridoo set added textured vibrato.
The symbiotic energy between the audience and the band was strong. Even those not familiar with the band (such as me) felt a spiritual connection within the music. These artists speak of community and world peace, and use beautiful music to share that vision. Music is the universal language, and this group reiterates that truth by blending elements from every continent.
The new age of world music has come to Colorado. Although this band is not widely popular, that will likely soon change. They have a very devoted fan base that shares their artistic vision and humanistic approach to life.
Watch for the inevitable cosmic rise of Kan'nal.