Alux Nahual

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Alux Nahual
Origin Guatemala, Guatemala
Genres Progressive rock, folk rock, alternative rock, Rock
Years active 1979–1999, 2006–present
Website [1]
Members Álvaro Aguilar
Vinicio Molina
Oscar Conde
Paulo Alvarado
Plubio Aguilar
Ranferi Aguilar
Past members Jack Shuster
Pablo Mayorga
Orlando Aguilar
Lenín Fernandez

Alux Nahual is the Latin rock band formed in 1979 by brothers Plubio and Alvaro Aguilar, and their cousin Ranferí Aguilar. Alux Nahual (Espíritu del Duende in Spanish or Spirit of the Goblin in English) is a maya-quiche phrase naming a goblin similar to a leprechaun or elf. The band's climax came in 1995 while performing in a sold-out show at Los Angeles Palace.

The Guatemalan Rock en Español band played and recorded together from 1979 to 1999. The band was composed of: (names in bold are the common names the members were most known for).

  • Álvaro Aguilar: vocals and guitar
  • Rodolfo Lenin Fernández Paz: drums, percussion
  • Oscar Conde: flute, keyboards, saxophone
  • Paulo Alvarado: Cello
  • Plubio Eugenio Aguilar Aguilar: bass
  • Ranferí Aguilar Schinini: lead guitar
  • Jack Schuster: mostly violin and mandolin

Other members before 1990 included Pablo Mayorga, Orlando Aguilar and Javier Flores, all drummers. In the year 2006 they had a reunion tour, to raise funds to help the victims of Hurricane Stan, that affected certain regions of Guatemala in year 2005. The band still remains active and has played unplugged concerts in 2007 as well as 2 other shows in the Trovajazz venue in Guatemala the 14th and 15 December 2007. They were billed by the band as the last shows for 2007 perhaps as an indicator of more activity in 2008.

The band could very well be the best rock band Guatemala has produced. Their style is characterized by the incorporation of classic instruments like the cello and the flute to rock tunes, ballads and folk songs.

Band members are well versed musicians and often switch instruments in live performances from piano to guitar and so on.

They also blend into their music elements of progressive rock. Case in point: the bridge of their classic song “Como un Duende” where they switch time signature and melody.

Discography[edit]

  1. Alux Nahual (1981)
  2. Conquista (1982)
  3. Hermanos de Sentimiento (1984)
  4. Centroamérica (1986)
  5. Alto Al fuego (1987)
  6. La Trampa (1989)
  7. Americamorfósis (1993)
  8. Se Cantan Retratos (1996)
  9. Murciélago Danzante (2012)

Compilations and anthologies[edit]

  1. Leyenda I (1992)
  2. Leyenda II (1996)
  3. Antología I (2001)
  4. Antología II (2002)
  5. La Historia del Duende (2002)

Tribute albums[edit]

  1. Espíritu del Duende I (1998)
  2. Espíritu del Duende II (1999)

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