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Notes From A Native Daughter
34 minutes | Oct 29, 2016
Episode #19 - 123 Andrés, musician, children’s music artist and 2x Latin Grammy nominee
My dear Francisco Serrano, who is one of those people I consider a genius, calls me up a few weeks back to tell me I have to listen to the guy that his little daughter Isabel (3) is obsessed with. “She just can’t get enough of him.” Parents and love, love, love…I am not a mother, but I love enthusiastic parents. So I went ahead and listened and tuned in for a few hours of Google video watching. Turns out that 123 Andrés (Andrés Salguero) has a Spanish/English music shtick, with substance, for kids and he’s etching a himself a respectable career. So much so that, for two consecutive years he’s been a Latin Grammy ® nominee for Best Children’s Album. Last year with his debut album ¡Uno, dos, tres Andrés! and this year with Arriba Abajo (Above Below). 123 Andrés is not a one-man band, Christina Sanabria, his wife, completes the power house team behind all the fanfare. The band expands and “shrinks” depending on the gig and though they themselves are Colombians, their other bandmates represent Latin America and the Caribbean in various forms. The bilingual element in 123 Andrés is intentional, smart, and fun. He puts out vallenato, rock, cha-cha-cha, cumbia and much more. Andrés is a skilled music man with a doctorate degree and all. His mission is to educate and validate children. In this episode #19 Andres and I talk bilingualism, being Latino in the U.S., seeing children learn, parenting and a bunch of other stuff. We became friends. During these times of such grotesque political behavior I search for things to hold on to and I think of the work Patricia Zárate and Danilo Pérez are doing with hundreds of children in Panama in the City of Knowledge; or the elegant campaign and action Paola Mendoza and Michael Skolnick are engaged in, in the U.S. with undocumented children to bring attention to immigration reform; and the commitment of Andres Salguero and Christina Sanabria to use music and language to educate children of all backgrounds on the wonder and beauty of the Latin American continent, it amazes and comforts me. With people like them, the world is a better place.
39 minutes | Oct 22, 2016
Episode 18 - Caridad De La Luz, poet, singer, performer
I It’s time to repent. II There’s no business like show business. III Caridad de la Luz “La Bruja” A poet, a sister, a mother, and daughter IV Puertorriqueñas Boogierican Nuyorican Latinas Amigas Vecinas Alma True hearts V This show was made in four parts And features poet Emilio Montilla with "Meet me in the Middle" VI Vote SOS
32 minutes | Oct 15, 2016
NFAND Episode 17 - Patricia Zárate, Executive Director Panama Jazz Festival
I have the good fortune of knowing people that act and live in accordance to the greatest dream of all, to make the world a better place. Beginning with my dad, Danny, who has devoted years to good causes unbeknownst to most, moving about with his underlying tactic, music. I’ll get to talk to him at some point in the near future, but for now, the long story short is that Danny takes chances on the young. A consistent small gesture that plays a big part in his pursuit of that grand dream. Many years ago, right before a rehearsal was to start for a concert date he had in Panama, a kid pianist was brought on last minute to play the concert date because at the very last minute, the adult musician was unable to play the gig. Danny hadn’t arrived yet and the promoter was freaking out and asking that to have the kid removed from the piano, when Danny walked in and said, “the kid stays.” That kid was Danilo Pérez. Almost thirty years later, Danilo invited Danny to be part of his festival, the Panama Jazz Festival. At the press conference, Danilo shared this story, and I paraphrase but the gist was that Danny’s gesture made all the difference in the world, because he was validated. The Panama Jazz Festival, aside from being a performance platform of the highest caliber, is also a music project meant to change the world. The Executive Director of the Panama Jazz Festival is a woman, the fierce Patricia Zárate. When I say fierce, I mean to the 10th power. She believes music can change the world. And, the silver lining is that indeed the festival’s impact is doing just that, transforming lives, my own included. I was there this January and saw Patricia Zárate and Danilo Pérez, her husband, in action. On September 5th, 2016, the Panama Jazz Festival became Law 312. Patricia and I talk about her journey as a musician, student, wife, mother and executive director. Music is all about timing. This week’s synchronicity is nothing short of poetic and music is its crux. This podcast plays three days after working the 2016 Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame LA MUSA AWARDS, two nights after catching the music giants Gilberto Santa Rosa and Sergio George in the audience of I Like It Like That, and the night after I went to see Danilo Perez’s Jazz 100: The Music of Dizzy, Ella, Mongo & Monk gig at the Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center. I did not plan it this way but I do have a concrete takeaway, I too believe that mus
54 minutes | Oct 8, 2016
NFAND Episode 16 - Eduardo Alegría, performance artists, writer, dancer, band leader
There’s so much I want to say about Eduardo Alegría, and yet I'm out words. Eduardo’s artistry was the first light I saw at the end of a dark tunnel. A performance artist, writer, dancer, vocalist, philosopher and band leader. Una Estrella, a star. He calls Se Nos Fue La Mano a musical “novelette.” The album is an outstanding piece, a Spanish alternative-rock gem for the ages. In the episode: Poneletreros and El Recipiente/Tsunami. His words, music, queer life, Clowns Caress Me, Puerto Rico’s quagmire, made in the sea…
24 minutes | Oct 1, 2016
NFAND Episode 15 - Gaston Solnicki, filmmaker
From the personal to the universal or from the universal to the personal – I believe that’s the quest of all artists. To nail that very thing that grabs at us in our core. A hit and miss type of thing, but the noblest of efforts. Argentinean filmmaker Gaston Solnicki has an uncanny ability to achieve just that, every single time it seems. He’s known for his non-fiction documentaries Süden (2008) and Papirosen (2011). Gaston's latest film Kékszakállú, his first fiction feature, was an official selection at this year’s Venice, Toronto and New York Film Festivals. He won the FIPRESCI Award (International Federation of Film Critics) a few weeks back at Venice. “Kékszakállú is a singularity: a playful portrait of spiritual lethargy. A portrait of several young women at the threshold of adulthood…” Partly inspired by Béla Bartók’s sole opera Bluebeard’s Castle, Kékszakállú is a must see.
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