One of the pleasures of my recent stay in Mexico was the Bed & Breakfast where I stayed in Tepoztlan: Los Golondrinas. While its location left something to be desired–I love to walk, and to get from there to the workshop each day would have taken about 45 minutes, and there just wasn’t time for that so I usually took a taxi–inside the property’s walls it was a pure delight. Not only was Marisol, the hostess, charming and helpful, but her artistic sensibility has created a beautiful home and garden. And then there was breakfast, a feast every morning. Most mornings we would have music with breakfast, a touch that I enjoyed. Usually it was something classical, but one morning was something different: solo piano. Or so I thought.
I asked Marisol about it and she showed me the disc, a DVD called “Simbiosis” by Manuel Obregon, produced by Papaya Music. And when I got home I ordered it–not the DVD version, which I didn’t see the first time I looked–but the CD. And that’s what I’m listening to right now. And as it turns out, it isn’t solo piano. It is “piano and rainforest” (piano y bosque iluvioso), as in birds and monkeys. I like it. You can listen to a sample on Papaya’s site.