Incendio to set off sparks in Carbondale |

Incendio to set off sparks in Carbondale

Incendio travels to Carbondale for a coffeehouse performance on Saturday, April 13.

Presented by the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities, the show begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School Barn, 1493 County Road 106. Doors open at 6:45 and sweets, treats, coffee and tea will be for sale.

Guitarist Jean-Pierre Durand and bassist Liza Carbe have joined with guitarist/composer Jim Stubblefield and drummer Joe Shotwell in an exploration of exotic and modern rhythms, rumba flamenco guitars and Middle Eastern influenced world fusion. Their music is a cross between the Gypsy Kings and the Mahavishnu Orchestra – it’s aggressive, Spanish-influenced dance music with an emphasis on guitar improvisation with original songs.

For some instrumental artists, song and album titles are simply an afterthought, but Incendio – whose name is the Spanish and Italian translation of “fire” – perfectly reflects the band’s powerful ensemble energy. The musicians make sure every song tells a story. The Los Angeles based foursome follows its critically acclaimed 2000 debut Misterioso with ILLUMINATION, released in 2001, telling a tale not only of creative evolution but also an overall mood swing from darker, mysterious world beat edges to a more groove-intensive multi-ethnic vibe.

Each member of Incendio brings a vast array of musical experience and global influences into the mix.

Guitarist Jim Stubblefield’s affinity for Middle Eastern and flamenco music came from a two-year association with Kuwaiti singer and multi-instrumentalist Waleed Hamad.

Jean-Pierre Durand’s Peruvian background gave him an early introduction to Latin music, which he later fused with a love for Jimi Hendrix and rock ‘n’ roll.

Liza Carbe earned a degree in classical guitar and has played guitar and bass with Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac, Vixen, Sarah Hickman and ex-Santana singer Leon Patillo.

Virginia-born drummer Joe Shotwell has toured and recorded extensively throughout the United States and most recently drummed behind Monty Python troupe member Eric Idle in a critically acclaimed 2000 North American tour, which included a stop at Carnegie Hall.

Incendio has taken the stage at numerous venues, and played the Carbondale Mountain Fair in 2001. Other events and festivals have included Academy Awards and Emmy Awards pre-show performances, the Los Angeles Center Theater, the Cal State New Music Festival, Catalina Island jazz series, Albuquerque Biological Park Concert Series, and Downtown L.A. Concert Series, in addition to many clubs in the Los Angeles area. The group has also opened for Chuck Mangione and Gino Vannelli at Club Caprice in California.

“Even after releasing our more mellow debut, we made sure that our gigs were really powerful experiences for the fans,” says Durand. “We take after Al Di Meola, just blowing wild on the guitars, improvising, becoming in essence a melodically and rhythmically potent jam band.”

Carbe adds: “The overall effect is anticipation for the audience, who sits on the edge of their chairs wondering where we’ll take a song next. We really make a conscious effort to connect with our audience, and try to take us all higher, so to speak.”

Tickets are $10-$18, depending on age, seating and CCAH membership status. Reservations are strongly recommended; call 963-1680.


Incendio (Spanish and Italian for “fire”)


A musical foursome presenting an exploration of exotic and modern rhythms, rumba, flamenco guitars and Middle Eastern influenced world fusion


7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 13


CRMS Barn, 1493 County Road 106, Carbondale


Cafe seating: CCAH members $15, nonmembers $18, students $13; General admission: Members $12, nonmembers $15, students $10

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