Felix Contreras http://publicradioeast.org en Paco De Lucia, Modern Superstar Of Flamenco, Dies http://publicradioeast.org/post/paco-de-lucia-modern-superstar-flamenco-dies <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2oyhlad64-s</p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 02:02:00 +0000 Felix Contreras 35240 at http://publicradioeast.org Paco De Lucia, Modern Superstar Of Flamenco, Dies Ringing In Black History Month With Latin Music http://publicradioeast.org/post/ringing-black-history-month-latin-music <em>Editor's note: It is February and that can mean only one thing. It is time for </em><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/altlatino/2014/02/03/271101301/black-latino-and-proud-black-history-month-with-alt-latino">Black, Latino And Proud: Black History Month With Alt.Latino</a><em> hosted by our friends and colleagues Felix Contreras and Jasmine Garsd. Sat, 08 Feb 2014 00:24:00 +0000 Felix Contreras 33848 at http://publicradioeast.org Ringing In Black History Month With Latin Music First Listen: Gina Chavez, 'Up.Rooted' http://publicradioeast.org/post/first-listen-gina-chavez-uprooted Gina Chavez's voice stops you in your tracks the first time you hear it. At least that's how it worked for me when I came upon her performance during South by Southwest a few years ago. She was playing a semi-acoustic set on a sunlit patio above a busy sports bar — a setting not exactly conducive to her intimate songwriting.<p>But once she started singing, we hardly noticed the noise nearby. Mon, 27 Jan 2014 04:02:00 +0000 Felix Contreras 32891 at http://publicradioeast.org First Listen: Gina Chavez, 'Up.Rooted' La Santa Cecilia: Tiny Desk Concert http://publicradioeast.org/post/la-santa-cecilia-tiny-desk-concert <a href="http://www.npr.org/search/index.php?searchinput=la+santa+cecilia">La Santa Cecilia</a> spreads joy every time its members plug in to do a show. They do it one dance step at a time, with cumbias, corridos, elegant mambos and plain old rock 'n' roll.<p>I first saw La Santa Cecilia perform in an Austin, Texas, parking lot about five years ago. Mon, 16 Dec 2013 19:19:00 +0000 Felix Contreras 29969 at http://publicradioeast.org La Santa Cecilia: Tiny Desk Concert Arturo O'Farrill: Tiny Desk Concert http://publicradioeast.org/post/arturo-ofarrill-tiny-desk-concert Latin jazz works best when the musicians involved are as fluent in Afro-Cuban rhythms as they are in the deep grooves and advanced harmonics of bebop. Sat, 14 Sep 2013 14:42:00 +0000 Felix Contreras 23340 at http://publicradioeast.org Arturo O'Farrill: Tiny Desk Concert Buika: Tiny Desk Concert http://publicradioeast.org/post/buika-tiny-desk-concert <a href="http://www.npr.org/search/index.php?searchinput=buika">Concha Buika</a>'s voice doesn't come from inside her petite body: It comes from Africa, and from the past. Mon, 26 Aug 2013 18:03:00 +0000 Felix Contreras 21907 at http://publicradioeast.org Buika: Tiny Desk Concert Marian McPartland, 'Piano Jazz' Host, Has Died http://publicradioeast.org/post/marian-mcpartland-piano-jazz-host-has-died <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15123605/marian-mcpartland">Marian McPartland</a>, who gave the world an intimate, insider's perspective on one of the most elusive topics in music — jazz improvisation — died of natural causes Tuesday night at her home in Long Island, N.Y. She was 95.<p>For more than 40 years, she hosted <a href="http://www.npr.org/programs/piano-jazz/">Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz</a>, an NPR program pairing conversation and duet performances that reached an audience of millions, connecting with jazz fans and the curious alike. Wed, 21 Aug 2013 11:04:00 +0000 Felix Contreras 21506 at http://publicradioeast.org Marian McPartland, 'Piano Jazz' Host, Has Died Of Ingenuity And Insane Clown Posse: 5 Books On Music For What's Left Of Summer http://publicradioeast.org/post/ingenuity-and-insane-clown-posse-5-books-music-whats-left-summer It's already August 8, which means you've got maybe three or four weeks left to complain about preseason football, inadequately shield yourself from the scorching heat of the sun, and communicate with your kids about something other than why they haven't done their homework. Thu, 08 Aug 2013 12:03:00 +0000 Felix Contreras 20566 at http://publicradioeast.org Of Ingenuity And Insane Clown Posse: 5 Books On Music For What's Left Of Summer 'A Walking Encyclopedia Of Rhythms': Remembering Steve Berrios http://publicradioeast.org/post/walking-encyclopedia-rhythms-remembering-steve-berrios It is not easy to play both jazz drum set and Afro-Caribbean percussion. Lots of drummers do it, but few have mastered it in a way that makes their sound in either style unmistakable from the first beat.<p>The music community lost one of those true innovators Wednesday with the death of percussionist Steve Berrios in New York at age 68. Berrios could move seamlessly from jazz to Afro-Cuban rhythms in a way that perfectly reflected his bicultural roots.<p>Berrios was a true Nuevoriqueño, born in New York in 1945 to parents who had recently arrived from Puerto Rico. Mon, 29 Jul 2013 21:30:00 +0000 Felix Contreras 19816 at http://publicradioeast.org 'A Walking Encyclopedia Of Rhythms': Remembering Steve Berrios A Kind Of Magic: New Latin Music, Sprinkled With Discovery Dust http://publicradioeast.org/post/kind-magic-new-latin-music-sprinkled-discovery-dust <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ww6GFzYQwoc</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ImhVuHSs_g</p> Thu, 16 May 2013 16:34:00 +0000 Felix Contreras 14189 at http://publicradioeast.org A Kind Of Magic: New Latin Music, Sprinkled With Discovery Dust Omar Sosa & Paolo Fresu: Tiny Desk Concert http://publicradioeast.org/post/omar-sosa-paolo-fresu-tiny-desk-concert You don't really listen to an <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/102876394/omar-sosa">Omar Sosa</a> concert so much as experience it. The Cuban-born pianist's overall demeanor exudes a sense of calm and deep reflection, while a spiritual connection to music and his ancestors comes through in his piano playing.<p>You can hear Sosa draw on more than 100 years of Cuban piano in the recognizable rhythms of his country's music. Mon, 22 Apr 2013 21:21:00 +0000 Felix Contreras 12317 at http://publicradioeast.org Omar Sosa & Paolo Fresu: Tiny Desk Concert Tito Puente: 90 Years Of Getting People To Dance http://publicradioeast.org/post/tito-puente-90-years-getting-people-dance The percussionist and bandleader <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15404859/tito-puente" target="_blank">Tito Puente</a> would have celebrated his 90th birthday this weekend on April 20. And the recently released box set <em>Quatro: The Definitive Collection</em> is a great place to start celebrating the once and forever King of Latin Music. It captures the driving sound of big band mambo and cha-cha-cha that launched people onto dance floors for decades.<p>When he died in 2000 at age 73, the New York City native had more than 100 recordings to his name. Sat, 20 Apr 2013 16:55:00 +0000 Felix Contreras 12196 at http://publicradioeast.org Tito Puente: 90 Years Of Getting People To Dance Guest DJ With California Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera http://publicradioeast.org/post/guest-dj-california-poet-laureate-juan-felipe-herrera <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sr7z-ikOSR4</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vofbnkQcW_Q</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHS-Tk7UuC0</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xD3G6eM3tPI</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyV-sZMo8yQ</p> Thu, 18 Apr 2013 19:37:00 +0000 Felix Contreras 12028 at http://publicradioeast.org Guest DJ With California Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera Bajofondo, Live In Concert: SXSW 2013 http://publicradioeast.org/post/bajofondo-live-concert-sxsw-2013 With eight accomplished musicians from Argentina and Uruguay, and a sound rooted in tango traditions, <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/93696530/bajofondo">Bajofondo</a> lays out a visual and aural feast. Led by Oscar and Grammy winner Gustavo Santaolalla, the group mashes up traditional <em>candombe</em> sounds and other forms with electronica to produce a mix that's hypnotic and danceable.<p>With <em>bandoneon</em> and violin joining keyboards, guitars and drums, Bajofondo crafts deep grooves that feel laid-back on its four albums, yet radiate infectious energy on stage. Mon, 01 Apr 2013 18:04:00 +0000 Felix Contreras 10706 at http://publicradioeast.org Bajofondo, Live In Concert: SXSW 2013 Molotov, Live In Concert: SXSW 2013 http://publicradioeast.org/post/molotov-live-concert-sxsw-2013 Politics and <em>rock en </em><em>Español</em> go hand in hand, and Mexico City's Molotov is a flag-waver for that combination. The band formed in 1995 during an era in which seismic political changes transformed Mexican society; from the start, Molotov's music pointed fingers at economic and political institutions — and even aging rock stars.<p>Molotov's performance in front of about 10,000 fans at Auditorium Shores in Austin, Texas, during the 2013 South by Southwest music festival featured a potent mix of high-energy rock, rap and ska. Tue, 19 Mar 2013 18:11:00 +0000 Felix Contreras 9766 at http://publicradioeast.org Molotov, Live In Concert: SXSW 2013 This Week On Alt.Latino: Guest DJ Sandra Cisneros http://publicradioeast.org/post/week-altlatino-guest-dj-sandra-cisneros <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sE73giFnLBs</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FOUqQt3Kg0</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sd5nQW8M3nU</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQ7uXX9K7Sk</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_ApaYLUmTs</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXZRaTrOmgg</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8YzhTggIow</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUHlDNmkads</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXzeEfH6PTk</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTPec8z5vdY</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXbbWM1bKlE</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBxHfVvsNbs</p> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 16:45:00 +0000 Felix Contreras 4643 at http://publicradioeast.org This Week On Alt.Latino: Guest DJ Sandra Cisneros Love And Rockets (And Music): Comic-Book Pioneers Gil & Jaime Hernandez http://publicradioeast.org/post/love-and-rockets-and-music-comic-book-pioneers-gil-jaime-hernandez <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pc-uP5Rbtvw</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzW1TBLqKFY</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rryDND06LHU</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnNIVfwfrr8</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOZBGJHw4Tw</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dix0E72xsPo</p> Thu, 27 Sep 2012 14:30:00 +0000 Felix Contreras 2378 at http://publicradioeast.org Love And Rockets (And Music): Comic-Book Pioneers Gil & Jaime Hernandez Yva Las Vegass: Tiny Desk Concert http://publicradioeast.org/post/yva-las-vegass-tiny-desk-concert At NPR Music, we get stacks of CDs in the mail, as well as countless links to music streams, from bands trying to stand out and get some attention. It's safe to say that we all share similar previewing procedures: At some point, we just sit and listen.<p>What are we listening for? I can't speak for the others, but I'm constantly in search of music I haven't heard, but which sounds as if it's been in my life forever.<p>That's exactly what happened when I put on Yva Las Vegass' album,<em> </em><em>I was born in a place of sunshine and the smell of ripe mangoes</em>. Mon, 24 Sep 2012 21:20:00 +0000 Felix Contreras 2134 at http://publicradioeast.org Yva Las Vegass: Tiny Desk Concert