(Los Angeles) The duo Mitre, composed of Louis Mitré and Andie Sandóval, introduced new songs and old favorites at a BMI showcase sponsored by Peroni at the plush Continental Club in downtown Los Angeles Friday night. They were joined, as usual, by Hugo Melendez in his La Katarina persona, delighting the jam-packed room with his startlingly accurate costume and make-up by Ruben Lopez.
While the new duo has appeared in several live events around Los Angeles, over the past few months, this was an official coming out party in a major club in both English and Spanish (all the songs were in Spanish but the conversations from the stage was bi-lingual). Louis Mitre has worked with a number of female singer-songwriters over the past year or so, including Alih Jey and Irene Diaz, to add female color to his own astonishingly rich voice. Andie Sandoval, a singer-songwriter originally from Sinaloa in Mexico seems to be the perfect complement, both in vocal range, songwriting and stage presence, hence the new duo.
They opened up theatrically with “Lloro” from Louis Mitre’s self-titled album. Louis and Andie stood frozen with their backs to the crowd while La Katrina floated onstage and magically brought them to life. Louis started off gentle and deep but soon soared as Andie joined in in the harmony, projecting the song’s deep emotion long and loud into the room. They followed with “Katrina” and then Andie delivered the Tomás Méndez ranchero ballad, “Paloma Negra” made famous by Lola Beltrán and covered by Lila Downs and Jenni Rivera. Andie gave it her all, showing the operatic quality of her voice and devastating range of emotion that she can inject into any song, sustaining impossibly high notes for impossibly long periods.
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