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Viva Phx Q & A: Tesoro

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Tesoro, a five-piece act from Tucson, infuses the Viva Phx lineup with its high-energy Latin gypsy pop. The group will perform an all-ages event at Arizona Latino Arts and Cultural Center at 9 P.M. on March 7.

Fresh off the February release of its self-titled album, Tesoro has several shows booked this month in support of the new release, including sets at SXSW and a CD release party at Club Congress on March 21.

Read The Spec‘s Q & A with Efisio Giordanelli, the Venezuela-born lead vocalist of the quintet…

Very first concert you attended and a memory from it.
Heavy Metal Festival in Venezuela and getting into the mosh pit for the first time, and coming out alive.

If you could have any musician (dead or alive) as a mentor, who would it be?
Marc Anthony.

Very first concert you played and a memory from it.
Well it’d have to SXSW 2013, as I had just joined Tesoro. Been singing all my life but never with a band. SXSW was the first big show I did with the group and the memory was the crowd of people dancing and going crazy for our music.

Artist you would most like to collaborate with or have produce your music?
Santana would be awesome for a collaboration.

Personal truth that fans would be surprised to know about you.
That I’m a science geek.

How do you spend a typical day when you’re not touring or busy recording?
Outside walking and singing. Of course watching science videos on YouTube.

One artist or album you could never get tired of listening to?
Romanza by Andrea Bocelli.

Earliest music-related memory you have?
Singing in the living room when I was three or four years old using an extension chord as a microphone.

Nicest thing a fan has ever said, or given, to you?
A fan built us a cajón (Spanish box percussion instrument) one time, and we’ve had many fans tell us our music makes their day. What more can we ask for?

Interesting fact about your newest release.
We used an old school Mellotron for synthesizer on the album. Typical in classic rock (i.e. Zeppelin, Floyd) and probably never used in Latin music before.

Xperience you will never forget.
Touring on the road, stopping at an after party for Tesoro in California and meeting some incredible musicians playing traditional Venezuelan music instantly taking me back home to Valencia.

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