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  • Micaela Vita and Willy González

This evening (June 3) brings the first of two open-air performances at the Cistern by the exotic duo of six-string bassist Willy González and singer/percussionist Micaela Vita duo. The shows are part of Spoleto USA’s Wells Fargo Jazz Series. Hailing from Buenos Aires, Argentina, the concerts mark the Argentinian duo’s their North American debut.

The Wells Fargo Jazz series (previously known as the Wachovia Jazz Series) has a strong reputation for booking and presenting unusual acts from around the globe. Often, the international roster features a wild variety of “world music” over traditional American-style jazz. González and Vita bring a jazzy blend of South American folk music, tango, fusion, and pop. González’s unusual technique is stunning. He plays an electric bass like a classic guitar half of the time. Vita’s convincingly passionate style complements González’s flourishes.

Back in March, after the Wells Fargo Jazz Series announced the official lineup, a friend in town inaccurately described González and Vita as “the Captain and Tennille of South America.” They’re more like the Joni Mitchell and Jaco Pastorius of South America.

Read more about Willy and Micaela here. Check out this clip for their song “Chacarera De Las Piedras” from their recent album Duplo.