Musician and Song-writer NEA AGOSTINI announces Miami concert during the week of The Billboard Latin Music Conference
After his recent and successful performances in the SXSW music festival in Austin and his promotional visit to New York, Nea Agostini will arrive to Miami to attend the most important event of the music industry during the week of the Billboard Latin Music Conference in Miami Beach. The showcase will be held at the Gleason Room (1700 Washington Ave) on April 26. After that he will have performances in Argentina, where the Italian-Chilean artist will have three concerts as a guest of the Argentine band Los Estelares on May 4 in Buenos Aires at La Trastienda and May 6 in La Plata at the Podestá Coliseum.
As an emerging soloist, his rhythmic and sensual voice accompanied by an unmistakable guitar serves as Nea Agostinis signature. The musician who studied in prestigious music schools in the world, including the Modern School of Music (Santiago), the Accademia Del Suono (Milano) and Berklee College of Music in Boston, has further enhanced his natural talent as a musician and composer who had already been bi-culturally nurtured between Italy and Chile, where he grew up and was artistically influenced.
Andres Agostini Cecchi, Neas real name, and his brother Ale have collaborated with excellent musicians as invited guests in their concerts and studio recordings from an early age, it wasnt until 2008 when they decided to start their career with their own compositions. For their third and most recent EP "Te Disuelves" (2016), the brothers surrounded themselves with talented musicians such as Paul Bushnell on bass (Elton John, Phil Collins and Shakira), Roger Manning Junior (Jellyfish) on keyboards (Beck, Imperial Drag, Blink 182), Sean Billings in horn instruments (U2, The Brian Setzer Orchestra, Pitbull) and Brian Lang on bass (Christian Pagán, Trevor Hall, Ricardo Arjona) to record the album that was produced by renowned Argentine producer Sebastian Krys.
With a rising career that has led them to cross borders of Colombia, Mexico, Argentina and the U.S., Nea Agostini remains as one of the most promising emerging pop-rock artists from South America
LAMC announces central Park Summerstage Lineup
The Latin Alternative Music Conference (LAMC) returns to New York this summer for our 18th anniversary celebration, including free concerts at Central Park SummerStage featuring Mon Laferte, ÌFÉ, and Princess Nokia on Wednesday, July 12th and Los Pericos,
Chicano Batman, and La Vida Bohème on Saturday, July 15th.
Join thousands of musicians, entrepreneurs, DJs, journalists, marketers, managers, programmers and all kinds of music lovers and forward-thinkers in New York City to celebrate LAMCs coming-of-age at the Stewart Hotel (previously the Affinia Hotel) in Midtown Manhattan.
Now in its 18th year and called the "Sundance of Latin music," the LAMC features industry panels with special guests and experts, showcases, and other events that are soon to be announced. Additionally, LAMC provides free concerts at SummerStage in Central Park and Celebrate Brooklyn at Prospect Park, plus intimate private concerts at various venues around the city.
Discounted registration is now open at only $99 through May 5th
Wednesday, July 12, 2016 - Central Park SummerStage
Mon Laferte / ÌFÉ / Princess Nokia
Monserrat Bustamante Lafertes, better known as Mon Laferte, love of music began at a very young age. She studied music at the Viña Del Mar conservatory in Chile and reached recognition in her native country thanks to her voice and participation as a judge on a popular talent competition TV show. She later moved to Mexico, where she has quickly reached icon status. Her album Mon Laferte. Vol. 2 garnered two Latin GRAMMY nominations.
ÌFÉ is a bold new musical undertaking from Puerto Rico-based drummer/producer/singer Otura Mun. Mun, an Ifá priest or "Babalawo" in the Yoruba religion, has been at the vanguard of the Puerto Rican music scene since arriving from Indiana in the late 1990s, producing critically-acclaimed albums and songs for many of the islands most important musical voices, including Mima, Cultura Profetica, and Calma Carmona. ÌFÉs latest single "Umbo (Come Down)" is a musical invitation to the benevolent forces that be and draws from rhythms and incantations of sacred Yoruba praise songs. ÌFÉs bold debut album IIII+IIII is out now.
Princess Nokia aka 24-year-old Destiny Nicole Ortiz is a multifaceted, DIY artist from the NYC underground. Her unique musical style blends tribal beats with trip hop and R&B - creating an exciting crossover of sounds. Her album, 1992, was called a "hip hop storytelling album" by Remezcla and "an ode to Brown Girl Nation" by Vibe. Rolling Stone listed 1992 as one of its "15 Greatest Albums You Didnt Hear" in 2016. She had breakout hits like "Tomboy" and "Brujas."
Saturday, July 15, 2016 - Central Park SummerStage
Los Pericos / La Vida Bohème / Chicano Batman
Argentina-based Los Pericos is a reggae band formed in 1987. They are currently on tour celebrating their 30th anniversary. They have enjoyed much success, especially throughout Latin America. Known for their reggae and ska sounds, they have a large catalog of hits. They have performed around the world, and this will be their Central Park debut. In 2016, they released their latest album Soundamerica, which has been hailed for its "reinvention and perseverance" by Rolling Stone.
Two-time Latin GRAMMY winners La Vida Bohème exploded onto the US scene with their debut album Nuestra. Lauded by press after showcases at SXSW and LAMC, the band released Será, which earned them their first Latin GRAMMY win for "Best Short Form Music Video." It was around the same time that the band left their native Venezuela and found artistic refuge in Mexico City, where they finished their recently-released third album, La Lucha. The album was co-produced by Eduardo Cabra (Visitante from Calle 13), debuted at #1 on iTunes, and was their first album to appear on the Billboard Latin Sales charts. Upon the release of their new record, which completes an aptly titled trilogy called "Nuestra Será la Lucha," La Vida Bohème plans to tour in Europe, North America, and South America.
Chicano Batman came out of LA, four young men in vintage formalwear, playing songs that blended Brazilian Tropicalia with early 70s psychedelic soul and the romantic pop of bands like Los Angeles Negros. Since forming in 2008, Chicano Batman have released three full-length albums - a self-titled 2009 debut, 2014s Cycles of Existential Rhyme, and the recently-released Freedom is Free. The band has played Coachella and toured with Alabama Shakes and Jack White. In 2017, they will embark on their own national headline tour.
Debi Nova returns with her most ambitious project of her career: Gran Ciudad
Debi Nova, the Costa Rican singer-songwriter nominated for the Latin Grammy presents today Gran Ciudad, her most honest autobiographical work to date.
Gran Ciudad fulfills the singers desire to record an album completely live and allows us to have an intimate look at the personal experiences that in one way or another became ideal stories that were captured in her song lyrics. Under the production of Mario Caldato Jr, the producer of the Beastie Boys and Jack Johnson, among others, Debi gives life to eleven songs that were completely written by herself. The songs are characterized by a sound evolution that was born without the need to fit in a specific genre compared to her previous work, respectively.
"When I had 11 songs chosen, I realized that they effectively told a story: the story of knowing the unknown; what happens when you dare to try new experiences knowing that you can fall and feel alone", the singer confides. Coincidentally, one of those experiences is what gave the album its name.
Debi Nova grew up in Costa Rica and when she was 17 traveled to Los Angeles to fulfill her dreams. There, in the Gran Ciudad[Great City], she approached for the first time music she didnt much know of and managed to close a tour with Sergio Méndes. This was the first milestone in her career followed by many accomplishments that built her essence. It was in Los Angeles where the songs that are in this album were born, and it was in Brazil - another gran ciudad- where they were recorded. "Its important to celebrate what makes us unique, thats why I decided to title the album Gran Ciudad." The album includes two important collaborations: with the renowned percussionist Sheila E. in the song "Dale Play" and with the rapper Illa J on bluesy "Este Amores".
"Illa J and I met many years ago and I decided to invite him to a collaboration with me because he called me various times while I was recording Este Amores - I felt it was a sign. I met Sheila E. in 2015 and was a fan of hers since I discovered her when I was 19. Its an honor for me to have her play the timbales on Dale Play and for her to be in the songs video that was recorded in Bogota, (Colombia) which will be out in April."
Debi Nova releases Dale Play featuring Sheila E, the first single of her upcoming new album
Latin Grammy nominated singer and songwriter Debi Nova debuts "Dale Play" featuring Sheila E, the first official single from her long-awaited album "Gran Ciudad". "Dale Play" featuring Sheila E is a catchy song written by Debi Nova with special participation in the chorus and timbales by renowned percussionist and singer Sheila E.
The music video was recorded in Bogota, Colombia and will be available in April. "Dale Play was born with a chorus that I composed several years ago. After the shooting in Orlando, FL, I felt angry and with the need to channel what I felt by writing something about it. It was then when I wrote the verses. Its a song to raise our voices to, for us to be heard and get carried away with the music.
Im blessed to have one of my idols, Sheila E, accompany me on the timbales and vocals," Debi Nova comments. The single is one of the 11 songs included in "Gran Ciudad". The album was recorded in Rio de Janeiro and Los Angeles under the production of Mario Caldato Jr (producer of the Beastie Boys and Jack Johnson).
The lyric video of "Gran Ciudad" and the video clip for "Hábito" were recorded in the Californian desert and are available now, as part of the new musical project. The album "Gran Ciudad" will be available on March 31st and is now available for pre-order.
Grammy® Winning Chican@ Rock Band QUETZAL announces album release concert for The Eternal Getdown on march 25th at Aratani Theater in Los Angeles
GRAMMY Award® winning band Quetzal celebrates the release of its seventh studio album The Eternal Getdown at the Aratani Theatre in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles. Special guest performers include Aloe Blacc, Ramón Gutiérrez, Rocío Marrón, César Castro, and Joey De Léon, among other.
For more than 20 years, the East L.A. Chican@ rock group has been fighting oppression with their unique, culturally diverse soundscapes. The Eternal Getdown (available now) is Quetzals second Tradiciones/Traditions series release under Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. Based in artivism (art + activism), feminist ideals, and the relentless belief that making music together has the profound potential for positive social change, The Eternal Getdown is hailing us to make some noise, to speak up, and to stomp forward in a time that is all too critical. Quetzals previous Folkways Recordings album titled Imaginaries, was recognized by The Recording Academy® with a GRAMMY Award® for Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album in 2012.
Founding band member Quetzal Flores and partner Martha González have been creating music that speaks to the responsibility of bearing witness to ones community and acting as agents of transformation. Having grown up in East L.A., they internalized the unique overlap of diverse cultures, sounds, and struggles, and The Eternal Getdown is a continuation of their artivist efforts. Quetzals music incorporates traditional son jarocho, Cuban batá, funk, Chicano rock, soul, and rhythm and blues, which encourages listeners to recognize the fluidity of the varying sounds, and the historical and ancestral relationship between them.
"Quetzal has long served as a mirror that reflects back affirmations of belonging and thriving in the face of brutality. This album and concert is a call to humanity to re-member the fabric that binds us and nurtures us, community," said Martha.
"JACCC is so excited to present the album release concert for Quetzals The Eternal Getdown," said Alison De La Cruz, Director of Performing Arts & Community Engagement. "This album is musical medicine and fortifies our communities for the current struggles to create meaningful human connections and change in a time of growing fear and isolation. We are excited to welcome not only the 9 members of Quetzal to our stage, but the over 16 guest artists who will truly make this show a night that will be talked about for years to come."
Sergio Echenique @ SXSW
El versátil cantante y compositor dominicano interpretará las canciones de su EP debut "91", que se estrenó el pasado 20 de enero. Los asistentes en Austin, TX serán testigos de las fusiones de Sergio de pop latino con R&B y ritmos urbanos sin tener en cuenta el idioma.
El objetivo del artista con este EP debut es dar a los entusiastas de la música algo fresco y orgánico con cada pista, natural a la forma en que nacieron y eventualmente se desarrollaron. Canciones como su último sencillo "Quiero Conocerte" y "Ahora Si" representan el lado más urbano de Sergio, mientras que "Vagabundo", "Rutina", "Selfish", "Dejate Querer" y "Married to the Game" reflejan sus influencias del R&B resumiendo la esencia de este joven cantante y compositor.
Mientras que la pista bonus "Meloruina", pone de manifiesto su inquietud, su forma de decir que hay mucho más por venir.
Nueva música: CAMPO, presentan BAlLAR QUIETO
Bailar Quieto es el primer sencillo de Tambor del Cosmos, el nuevo disco del proyecto musical Campo que saldrá a la venta en abril bajo el sello Sony. La canción mezcla reggaetón y cumbia, con sertanejo y country, estilos populares pero llevados a un sonido actual y fresco. El video dirigido por Charly Gutierrez fue estrenado hoy en redes sociales.
Bailar Quieto fue una de las primeras canciones compuestas para el disco que fue compuesto entre Montevideo y Shanghái. En un extremo, Juan Campodónico enviando la base del tema a Martín Rivero, que en ese momento se encontraba viviendo en el otro extremo geográfico, en Shanghai, para que trabajar en la canción. Cuando en América es de día, en Asia ya es de noche. Mientras Martín escuchaba esa música tan bailable se iba durmiendo, y llegó a cantar entre sueños algo que tenía que ver con bailar pero no poder moverse.
La letra de Bailar Quieto muestra una contradicción, que puede ser interpretada de muchas maneras . Desde el que no puede atravesar la pista y ponerse a bailar por no animarse, hasta la idea del error. También se puede llevar al mundo virtual, donde a veces pensamos que estamos haciendo muchas cosas físicas pero todo ocurre en nuestra mente. Bailamos quietos.
Tambor Del Cosmos, es un disco que explora la conexión que hay entre el ritmo, lo físico y lo emocional. Es un disco con mucho de indie pop bailable con influencias globales y sudamericanas. Bailar quieto es una buena muestra de ello. Esta canción te impulsa a que pierdas la vergüenza y te atrevas a bailar, te desafía a que te muevas como quieras, inclusive quieto en el lugar y sin pasos aprendidos. Te motiva a que bailes contigo mismo, mano a mano.
Tambor del Cosmos es el sucesor del álbum CAMPO (2011) nominado a los Grammy y los Grammy Latinos y a los MTV European Music Awards. En el medio estuvieron Remixes & Rarezas (2014) un disco que incluye grabaciones en vivo, demos y remixes, y Nocturno (2015) música compuesta para el Ballet Nacional Sodre dirigido por Julio Bocca.
Campo es un novedoso proyecto musical basado en Uruguay que toma inspiración tanto de la música popular sudamericana como de los sonidos globales y de tendencia. Indie pop, cumbia, candombe, hip hop, house, folklore, todo esto y más es usado en Campo como materia prima para definir su propia forma musical.
Campo habla desde una sensibilidad nueva, creativa, conectada con la tendencia pero que no deja de lado las maneras locales sino que las valora y las integra en su estilo. Creado por el músico y productor Juan Campodónico, Campo es una propuesta abierta y creativa donde el ecléctico estilo de producción de Campodónico se une a la riqueza cancionística de Martín Rivero (ex Astroboy), la sensibilidad poética y sutil voz de Vero Loza (Bajofondo) y el toque bailable, electrónico y futurista del DJ y productor Pablo Bonilla
Poseedor de un background musical tan ecléctico como exitoso, Juan Campodónico es un artista con la capacidad de ser un gran receptor paramezclar estilos y cultura, con una sofisticación y creatividad que generan unsello único (Campo es una muestra de ello). Creador de Bajofondo junto a Gustavo Santaolalla, Campodónico produjo discos de importantes artistassudamericanos como Bajofondo, Jorge Drexler, Cuarteto de Nos, Ximena Sariñana, Supervielle, No Te Va Gustar entre otros.
Triste noticia: el cantante de Jarabe de Palo tiene un cáncer terminal
Hace unos días se supo que el vocalista de Jarabe de Palo recayó en el cáncer de colón que le afectaba hace años y que se creía que había superado, pero ahora acaba de hacer otra confesión muy dura: Pau Donés tiene solamente un 20% de posibilidades de sobrevivir más de cinco años.
Una lamentable noticia para sus fans, para el mundo de la música y en realidad, para cualquiera. Pero Donés ha mantenido el optimismo que tanto lo caracteriza y admitió que esta enfermedad lo ha hecho muy feliz, ya que sin ella se estaba perdiendo muchas cosas de la vida que ahora sí aprovecha.
"Yo no era un tío feliz antes del cáncer y ahora lo soy… Creo que desde que ejerzo de padre de mi hija, me quiere un poquito más. Intenté dar mucha calidad al tiempo que le he dispensado, pero ha sido muy poco. Ahora la he recuperado y por eso digo que no me quiero morir, porque la gente que me quiere no se lo merece".
Ha sido una lucha en la que el cantante de "Bonito" no se ha rendido, además de la autobiografía "50 palos… y sigo soñando" que acaba de publicar, partirá en una nueva gira con su grupo. Lo de los 5 años no quiere ni pensarlo.
"Los médicos han dicho que solo hay un 20% de posibilidades de que viva más de cinco años. ¡Pues ya son 20! Y yo quiero ser uno de esos. Me gustaría no pensar en el cáncer ni en que dentro de cinco años ya no estoy aquí. Ya no he vuelto a preguntar cuánto tiempo me queda de vida porque no me importa saberlo".
Por este optimismo y manera de pensar, Pau se ha convertido en un ejemplo y hasta un ídolo para otros que sufren de cáncer, y también gracias al apoyo de ellos y todos sus seguidores, él ha continuado hacia adelante.
Martín Balseca - UnFree in a Free Country
"UnFree in a Free Country" is born as a personal project of Martín Balseca and is nothing more or nothing less than a deep exploration of sounds, instruments and environments. A intense discovery that will allow to find, over time, a sound with certain characteristics and emotions that will distinguish Martin Balseca, not only for his music but for the ability to connect with the public. This project includes the track "Going Places" a collaboration with Klausen on the lyrics, melody and vocals. The EP also includes the collaboration of the talented saxophonist Nathy Andrade.
Martin Balseca is a producer, musician and DJ born in Quito, Ecuador. He works and lives in the heart of the Andes. His career began as a guitarist, which led him to electronic music. In his music he seeks to connect in a very creative way, traditional rhythms with electronic sounds in order to find his identity.