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MUNDI: Chamber Rock Takes Flight

new cd and 3rd tour of Spain planned for 2013

For 12 years Mundi has been delighting audiences with its unique brand of chamber rock in its home state of Texas and abroad in Spain - where they have enjoyed two triumphant tours.

Audiences and critics alike have agreed that the Mundi sound – with its strings, Spanish guitars, French horn and orchestral percussion - is something to applaud. In the Austin American Statesman, Michael Barnes described Mundi as “...among the most intoxicating inventions this music-mad city has distilled.”

Writing for Granada’s daily paper Ideal the morning after the band’s plaza concert at El Festival Internacional de Música y Danza, a journalist described the Plaza de las Pasiegas as being so crowded that it “resembled the passing of Christ during Holy Week,” and applauded the group for creating “a bridge between ancient and contemporary music.”

The group has been featured on National Public Radio, has scaled the charts of the syndicated radio show Echoes, and has also performed with poets Robert Bly and Coleman Barks, and with Craig Hella Johnson – of the acclaimed choral group Conspirare.

While Mayers directs the group, at the forefront of the sound is violinist Bruce Colson – a veteran of the Austin Symphony Orchestra. In this very different context Colson cuts a dynamic and passionate figure on-stage; as one critic noted, he “soaked up the spotlight… humble between numbers, but totally engaged with his diabolical duties when playing.”

From a wide range of percussive instruments, Ric Furley holds the group’s rhythms together, and beneath it all Mario Gonzalez artfully weaves his upright bass. Two new additions for 2013 will be French horn player Margaret Ayer (also from the Austin Symphony Orchestra), and cellist Tony Rogers.

This year promises to be action-packed for the group. They have already started work on their new CD, and plans are underway for a third tour of Spain in July.

“Spain is so woven into the musical and spiritual DNA of this group,” says Mayers, “that we need to travel over there as much as possible!” Josu Camacho (Perform in Spain) books Mundi’s tours, with assistance from Ignacio Casatejada Cabeza of El Berrueco, Their 2013 tour will take them back to Santiago de Compostela , and the beautiful Galician coast that they experienced during their first tour.

“To share our music with the people of Spain is such an honor,” comments Mario Gonzalez, “and we can’t wait to return.”