The passionate guitarists of Incendio take The Mauch Chunk Opera House stage, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe at 8 p.m. Saturday.
An exotic melody accompanies a desert caravan moving beneath a blazing sun. The sound of waves wash against a pristine South American beach.
A lone flamenco guitar echoes through the cobbled streets of old Sevilla. And a lilting three quarter time rhythm conjures images of the rolling green hills of Ireland.
The music is cinema.
This is the music of Incendio.
Incendio, simply put, is instrumental world music. The primary "voice" of the band is the guitar, but to say the music of Incendio is solely guitar music would be an oversimplification.
The guitar is certainly present, but other instruments such as the mandolin, bouzouki, violin, Celtic harp, piano, bass, synthesizer and various ethnic percussion instruments play a huge role in the ensemble's sound.
The veteran Los Angeles-based songwriter/musicians collectively known as Incendio knew the kind of inspired passion and energy they wanted to convey when they named their band in 1999.
The band creates a polyrhythmic swirl of multiple Latin American music forms (boleros, cumbias, salsa, tango, mambo) and combines them with Indian, Arabic and Celtic flavors.
Doors open at 7 p.m. with the show to follow at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling (570) 325-0249 or visiting www.mcohjt.com. Tickets are also available at Sound Check Records, 23 Broadway, and Jim Thorpe. Parking is available at the Carbon County lot behind the train station.