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. American musicologist Donald Grout is credited as saying that only instrumental music, which is “pure music free from the burden of words”, can convey the deepest emotions of the composer. And for this reason, the evocative titles of the songs are very much there to help shape or guide the listener’s experience.
Incendio’s richly textured music is rooted in myriad sources: Carbé’s flamenco and classical guitar training as well as her Sicilian ancestry, Durand’s Peruvian heritage, Stubblefield’s European travels, not to mention Durand’s penchant for rock-style dramatics and Stubblefield’s lightning-fingered neo-classical guitar mastery. Carbé’s deceptively graceful bass and guitar playing grounds Durand and Stubblefield’s dazzling twin-guitar attack, resulting in fascinating sonic explorations that take on an even greater dimension when joined by extraordinary drummer, Tim Curle.
Incendio formed in 1999 and has 10 CD’s and a DVD available internationally – they have toured nationally about 150 dates a year since 2000. The group has hit the Billboard charts, currently has 92 million spins and counting on Pandora, and a rapidly growing presence on Spotify, Apple Music and Deezer. Their music has been heard in film and tv places including HBO’s “Resurrection Boulevard”, “Gene Simmons Family Jewels” and many more.