Archive for the ‘music’ Category

Today: International Day of Tango

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

The International Day of Tango is celebrated on December 11, Carlos Gardel’s birthday.

Here he is, singing Volver,

and here’s my favorite tango couple, Mario & Laura,

Today’s google doodle: Maria Callas

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

In concert at Covent Garden, 1962:

Arturo Sandoval receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Let’s be succinct about this: I am a big fan of Mr. Sandoval, so I am delighted he received this award.

Arturo Sandoval, Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, on jazz helping him escape from Cuba

“What I like the most is the last part of the medal – freedom,” he said, “because I always say that ‘no freedom, no life.

Video of a Good Morning America interview with performance:

Andy Garcia starred in the movie.

Saturday night Puerto Rican music

Saturday, November 16th, 2013

Jose Raul Ramirez playing Laura y Georgina,

Celia Google day

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Google celebrates Celia Cruz (via Babalu)

Eventus And The Celia Cruz Estate Celebrate The Queen Of Salsa’s Birthday With A Special Tribute On Google

Eventus, the leading multicultural experiential, sports and entertainment marketing company in the United States, and the Celia Cruz Estate, proudly honor the Queen of Salsa’s birthday today with a custom-designed Google Doodle celebrating her life and legacy. Google, Inc., the multinational corporation specializing in Internet-related services and products, chose the music icon, who died in 2003, to grace their search engine’s home page today, on what would have been her 88th birthday.


Friday night Arturo

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Investor’s Business Daily has a nice article about Cuban jazz master Arturo Sandoval in their Leaders and Success series,
Arturo Sandoval Defied Castro To Become A Jazz Legend

Growing up in Cuba, Arturo Sandoval fell in love with jazz.
But he had two problems:
1. He was dirt poor and couldn’t afford music lessons.
2. The communist regime wouldn’t let Cubans listen to jazz, let alone perform it. Fidel Castro’s henchmen considered jazz “the music of the enemy.”
So Sandoval improvised, inventing his own genre of music that pleased the authorities and wowed audiences worldwide.

Read the full article.

Andy Garcia played Sandoval in For Love or Country. Here’s a clip showing how Sandoval and Dizzy Gillespie met,

The Flying Dutchman lands in Princeton

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

at McCarter tonight,

[Princeton Festival] “Music For Stormy Seas & Souls” lecture by Timothy Urban from Princeton Festival on Vimeo.

If you’re going, make sure to check the traffic and parking information ahead of time.

Dr. Fleming goes to The Cloisters

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

A few years ago I audited Dr. John V. Fleming’s class on Chaucer, a most wonderful treat, since he’s not only the foremost scholar on the subject but also a great guy. He graciously gave me a poscast interview (transcribed here 1 2 3) a year or so later. Like many of his students, we’ve kept in touch over the years.

Recently, Dr. Fleming went to The Cloisters to listen to Pomerium’s Renaissance music concert that included Spem in Alium. Read his brilliant account here.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Sunday, May 12th, 2013

to celebrate Mother’s Day, Emory Tango Ensemble and Tango Orchestra Club Atlanta, directed by Kristin Wendland (March 30, 2012, Emerson Concert Hall, Schwartz Center for Performing Arts), performing Desde el alma, a vals with the theme of a mother’s love,

The story of Desde el alma,

by Alberto Paz
Rosita Melo was born in Uruguay in 1897 but she lived in Argentina since age 2. She wrote the music for Desde El Alma, a Boston-style vals, at age 14 in 1911. In 1922 she married poet Victor Piuma Velez who wrote the first set of lyrics for Desde El Alma. It was a theme dedicated to the love of a mother. In 1948, Homero Manzi called to tell them that he was interested in including the song in his movie Pobre mi madre querida [My Poor Beloved Mother], but with different lyrics as demanded by the movie script. This would not affect the copyright ownership of the song. Piuma Velez and Rosita Melo opposed the idea, and requested that if Manzi wrote new lyrics, Piuma Velez’s name should be included as co-author. Manzi agreed, the lyrics became famous and the vals, already a classic became universally famous.

The Boston-vals is a style originated in the city of that name in the United States. It is associated with the piano and its characteristic is that the player does not mark the rhythm with the left hand as it is customary with that instrument. The rhythm is marked witht he right hand along with the melody. The left hand only marks the first note of the beat, the bass.

Fonseca flash mob on Times Square!

Sunday, April 21st, 2013

Overlooked in this week’s news, Colombian Fonseca played live at Times Square, with flash mob dancing last Thursday, April 18,

Fonseca and the dancers are celebrating the positive changes in Colombia, according to a press release from the Comité Colombiano.

Fonseca’s currently on a tour of of 16 cities in the USA. The tour dates are listed at and you can follow him on Twitter @Fonseca

Jaime Bayly interviewed the Grammy winner recently (in Spanish),