Jose Raul Ramirez playing Laura y Georgina,
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Google celebrates Celia Cruz (via Babalu)
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.
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,
at McCarter tonight,
If you’re going, make sure to check the traffic and parking information ahead of time.
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.
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,
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.
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.
Jaime Bayly interviewed the Grammy winner recently (in Spanish),
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the news is bad enough, with American hostages of terrorists in Africa – expect more of that after Behghazi and Algiers, Iranians, drug lords, executive orders (I can go on and on), that I’m actively seeking refuge in the music that carried our great nation through the Great Depression and World War II. Things were worse then, but give the folks now in Washington enough time and things will be worse now.
For the past three evenings at 7-8PM I’ve been playing swing music on Spotify, and sharing the music on my Tweeter and Facebook feeds. (I’m easy to find in both Tweeter and Facebook, as “Fausta”, i.e., https://twitter.com/Fausta https://www.facebook.com/fausta.)
Tuesday was Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, last night it was (early) Artie Shaw, tonight’s Benny Goodman.
Tomorrow (if I stay home) will be Glenn Miller.
Tweet your requests, and enjoy!
Yesterday I was watching Empire of the Sun, which is a troubling movie in many levels (but not quite as troubling as JG Ballard’s other works), and the Welsh lullaby Suo Gân punctuates a key scene of the film.
Bryn Terfel performs my favorite version of Suo Gân. You can buy the MP3 from Amazon, but it was also used in this beautiful short film, The Dinner Guest by Joe Gleason, to great effect:
Here’s Bryn, with a piano accompanist,
Today is the Feast of the Epiphany. May God bless you and your family and loved ones.