Felix Contreras http://wdiy.org en Paco De Lucia, Modern Superstar Of Flamenco, Dies http://wdiy.org/post/paco-de-lucia-modern-superstar-flamenco-dies <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2oyhlad64-s</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 22:28:00 +0000 Felix Contreras 35764 at http://wdiy.org Paco De Lucia, Modern Superstar Of Flamenco, Dies Sofia Rei: Tiny Desk Concert http://wdiy.org/post/sofia-rei-tiny-desk-concert A drum from the Argentine Pampas fuels the music of Sofia Rei in this video: The way Franco Pinna has it incorporated into a traditional drum set serves as a musical metaphor for the music Rei performs alongside Pinna and guitarist/bassist JC Maillard.<p>Rei carries the accent and spirit of her native Argentina in her jazz-infused vocals. She's successfully carved out a spot for herself within a small and exclusive group of vocalists from Latin America who, after spending their formative years in their own countries, came to the U.S. Sat, 22 Feb 2014 13:03:00 +0000 Felix Contreras 35527 at http://wdiy.org Sofia Rei: Tiny Desk Concert Ringing In Black History Month With Latin Music http://wdiy.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 34773 at http://wdiy.org Ringing In Black History Month With Latin Music First Listen: Gina Chavez, 'Up.Rooted' http://wdiy.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 34073 at http://wdiy.org First Listen: Gina Chavez, 'Up.Rooted' La Santa Cecilia: Tiny Desk Concert http://wdiy.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 32023 at http://wdiy.org La Santa Cecilia: Tiny Desk Concert Arturo O'Farrill: Tiny Desk Concert http://wdiy.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 26998 at http://wdiy.org Arturo O'Farrill: Tiny Desk Concert Buika: Tiny Desk Concert http://wdiy.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 18:42:00 +0000 Felix Contreras 25924 at http://wdiy.org Buika: Tiny Desk Concert Marian McPartland, 'Piano Jazz' Host, Has Died http://wdiy.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 25639 at http://wdiy.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://wdiy.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 12:22:00 +0000 Felix Contreras 24952 at http://wdiy.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://wdiy.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 24384 at http://wdiy.org 'A Walking Encyclopedia Of Rhythms': Remembering Steve Berrios