Steve Roach & Jorge Reyes will present their first-ever concert in North America at Tucsons Temple of Music and Art on May 27, 2000. Since 1991 they have presented their ground-breaking music worldwide from such exotic locations as a theater built into a volcanic cave in the Canary Islands, to a performance space built upon a field of volcanic rock surrounded by 60 massive stone columns in Mexico City, and then to New Music festivals in Europes concert halls and Medieval churches. Jorge consistently performs at the prehispanic temples and pyramids throughout Mexico, and those who were tuned to PBS television on New Year's 2000 saw his performance in the center of Mexico City bring in the new year with a global broadcast.
Roach and Reyes, together and as soloists, have created a sound that has firmly established them as innovators in tribal - ambient - shamanic music. Their work together has always been about capturing an on-the-edge feeling of pure emotion, mixing improvisation and compositional forms with a compelling list of instruments ranging from the Pre-Hispanic roots of Jorge in Mexico and Steves constant innovations with electronic and acoustic instruments. Together they create a music that goes beyond any current category, and have found a worldwide audience that understands its timeless allure, often traveling thousands of miles to witness these events. They present their live soundworlds in what is often described as a dynamic journey of music and sound, presented within a ceremonial atmosphere and raw primal intensity. Tucsons concert is already seeing people coming from England and all over the US to be a part of this special event, which will also be presented with a surround-sound system and projected visual imagery.
Roach and Reyes will be celebrating the release of their first joint CD VINE, BARK & SPORE at Tucsons concert. Their previous work with the group Suspended Memories released two seminal CDs: EARTH ISLAND and FORGOTTEN GODS.
If you arrive early enough on Saturday, you can take a quick drive to a beautiful desert viewpoint, and a then a little futher if time allows.
Just 15 minuets west of downtown Tucson is the destination. On a map locate Speedway, a main artery that runs east and west. Go west on Speedway past I-10, and keep going... You're still on Speedway, and the desert is becoming more pronunced, with houses still... You are heading into Tucson mountain park. As you start to reach higher into the mountains, towards the top of the crest look for a turnout on the RIGHT. This is the parking area for Gates Pass. Check out the views, and also some trails to explore.
If you want more, and have time, get back on the road that you just turned off and proceed down the steep backside of Gate's Pass. This puts you on the floor of the classic Sonoran desert. As you follow this to the "T", turn right. This leads to the Sonoran Desert Museum, and a little further on the right is the Saguaro National park and the visitor center.
Back in town, if you want to check out best CD shop in town, then find Hear's Music at 2508 North Campbell. In the downtown area near the concert hall, locate the Hotel Congress and the "Cup Cafe". Here you can have a cold drink and lunch in a historic Tucson Hotel that also hosts an Internet bar within the Club Congress.
For the best dinner of classic Sonoran food you'll ever eat, locate Cafe Poca Cosa (88 East Broadway). This resturant is connected to the Clarion Hotel where many of you will be staying. The Temple is at 330 South Scott; Scott Street is directly next to the Cafe Poca Cosa so you are only a few blocks away.
Until Saturday, have a safe journey.