Alux Nahual is a Guatemalan 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 Mayan-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 Spanish rock 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, which affected certain regions of Guatemala in year 2005.
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.
In their early days, they often rehearsed at their grandmother’s home. She was Guatemalan poetess Magdalena Spínola.
- Alux Nahual – (1981)
- Conquista – (1982)
- Hermanos de sentimiento – (1984)
- Centroamérica – (1986)
- Alto al fuego – (1987)
- Con tus manos – (1988)
- La Trampa – (1989)
- Leyenda – (1990)
- Americamorfosis – (1993)
- Se cantan retratos – (1997)
- La leyenda del duende en concierto – (2002)
- Alux Nahual Sinfónico – (2011)
- Murciélago Danzante – (2012)
- Sueños de Jade – (2016)