Incendio: A world music concert

Written by Scott Graves, Pilot staff writer December 03, 2013 09:47 pm

Members of the fiery, guitar-driven, world music band Incendio draw as much from the music of Led Zeppelin, Steely Dan and Rush as they do Spanish and classical guitar.

“You’ve got it,” says frontman Jean-Pierre Durand. “We’re a rock band that plays Spanish guitar. We carry ourselves like rockers on stage and it has served us well.”

Incendio will bring its mix of classical, jazz, flamenco, rock and even Celtic sounds to the Lucky 7 Casino in Smith River on Friday, Dec. 13. The concert is sponsored by two nonprofit organizations: Friends of Music and Stagelights Musical Arts Community.

Musicians Durand, his wife, Liza Carbe, and Jim Stubblefield formed Incendio in 1999. The three will be joined on this tour by drummer/percussionist Timothy Curle, who has perform with grammy-nominated artist Josh Groban, Herbie Hancock, Elton John, David Foster, Chris Botti and Bela Fleck.

The band is often grouped with nouveau flamenco guitarists such as Jesse Cook, Armik and Luis Villegas, but Incendio is much more than that.

“The prevailing sound of contemporary Spanish guitar is usually something like Gypsy Kings,” Durand said. “There are way too many other influences to limit our sound to that one thing. The rock bands are important touchstones for the group. Their approach to composition and production is a huge influence on us. By virtue of that, we’re going to sound different.”

According to the band’s website (www.incendiomusic.com), classically-trained guitarists Durand and Stubblefield play nylon-stringed, acoustic guitars while performing. Carbe — who was classically trained at California State University at Northridge — plays acoustic, electric and bass guitars.

Durand said, “Liza’s preferences run somewhere between English Renaissance composer John Dowland, contemporary classical like Elliott Carter’s, and Zeppelin. She loves John Paul Jones because she loves bass, and Jimmy Page because he was so expansive in his tastes.” 

He added, “Jim is a big fan of Randy Rhoads’ guitar work with Ozzy Osbourne.”

Durand also plays a Roland GR-55 synthesizer to get the sounds of mandolin, accordion, keyboards and other sounds.

For more information about Incendio visit www.stagelights.us or called 541-373-3727.