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Nothing wrong with passion in March

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Today is 31 days out from Valentine’s Day, but Jackie Zamora and Cesar Bauvallet thought the romantic theme of their concert will work anyway. Since when must romance be tied to one day a year?

Zamora, a vocalist, and Bauvallet, a singer, trombonist and percussionist, have organized “An Evening of Boleros.” That evening is tonight at the Outpost Performance Space. They’re heading up a quintet of musicians performing romantic ballads of Latin America.

“We’ve never worked together,” Zamora said. “So I thought this would be a great opportunity to do this with Cesar. I’ve always admired the way he sings boleros and boleros are my favorite for singing.”

Bauvallet said the two of them will sing several duets, including “El Día Que me Quieras” and “Espérame en el Cielo.” Among the songs on which he’ll solo are “Juguetes” and “Una en un Millon.”

They move back and forth between the two of them with the solos.

“And we’ll do some surprises in between. One is a very special tune,” Zamora said.

It’s too special to mention ahead of the concert.

‘An Evening of Boleros’
WHEN: 7:30 tonight
WHERE: Outpost Performance Space, 210 Yale SE
HOW MUCH: $15 general public, $10 students and Outpost members in advance at the Outpost box office or by calling 268-0044 or at the door

Bauvallet said it was tough for them to narrow down the songs they will sing.

“There are so many beautiful boleros. With the material you could do a hundred,” he said. “The songs are about love, friendship, struggle, every single aspect of life.”

Zamora said the style of music “will make people feel really good. Each song paints a story. … So I think this could be the beginning for people to get in touch with bolero. I think they will fall in love with it.”

Zamora said they also will include some creole songs of Peru that are as romantic as boleros.

The other band members are pianist Steve Figueroa, guitarist Michael Anthony Hernandez, bassist Janet Harman and bongo player Victor Rodriguez. Zamora said choosing the musicians was much easier than selecting the boleros.

Bauvallet would like the concert to be “the beginning of” a possible series.