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Music of the Americas: En Casa, April 27–May 1

Americas Society

April 27, 2020 - May 1, 2020


S. Rei (Image: Roey Yohai Studios)

Music of the Americas continues its online video series En Casa (At Home), featuring original daily performances with musicians from around the Americas, and Recuerdos (Memories), weekly releases of memorable past performances at the Americas Society, some for the first time.

Follow Music of the Americas on  Instagram,  YouTube,  Facebook, and Twitter  to watch and receive notifications of all the performances. We will also be publishing weekly calendars here on our website, including all the videos, so you can catch up on any performances you might have missed.

Monday, April 27, 10 a.m.
En Casa: Sofía Rei

Argentine singer Sofía Rei usually mixes folk music with contemporary technology, but her version of “Soy pan, soy paz, soy más” is as simple as her luminous voice and a subdued piano accompaniment.

En Casa: Sofía Rei: “Soy pan, soy paz, soy más”  

Tuesday, April 28, 10 a.m.
En Casa: Felipe Lara

We know Felipe Lara as a composer of richly textured contemporary compositions whose music has been commissioned by leading ensembles such as ICE and the OSESP in his native São Paulo. We have had his music in our series several times. What most people don't know, however, is that he can also croon some seriously swinging bossa nova in the classic "Dança da solidão" he sent us from his home studio in New Jersey.

En Casa: Felipe Lara- “Dança da solidão” (Monte/Viola) 

Wednesday, April 29, 10 a.m.
En Casa: Lucía Pulido

The Colombian songstress performed our first Valentine's concert back in 2015, in which she revisited songs of heartbreak (as befits any Valentine’s Day celebration). From her home in Mexico, she sent us "Dile a tus ojos", which she always thought was a Colombian pasillo, but that, as she discovered when she was preparing this video, is by Guty Cárdenas, the tragically short-lived star of the trova yucateca. 

En Casa: Lucía Pulido – “Dile a tus ojos” (Cárdenas)  

Thursday, April 30, 10 a.m.
En Casa: João Luiz

We can never get enough videos from our friend João Luiz, by now a veteran of the En casa series. For this week, he sent us he sent us another gem: Alegrinho by Gismonti. 

En Casa: Joao Luiz – Alegrinho (Gismonti) 

Thursday, April 30, 6:30 p.m.
Recuerdos: Momenta Quartet

The intrepid Momenta Quartet has appeared on our stage almost every year since 2010. Led by Canadian violist Stephanie Griffin, they tackle every piece with enthusiasm and unwavering commitment (regulars of our video series may have caught them in last week’s Recuerdos video, doing an intense piece by Cergio Prudencio). We picked some of our favorite Momenta videos, including Schoenberg’s Ode to Napoleon in Spanish with Cuban Telmary doing the reciter part (and Chris Oldfather on piano), and a piece from the baroque Spanish treatise El melopeo y maestro, which they performed in a concert with our vocal ensemble last December.

Recuerdos: Monumental Momenta! 

Friday, May 1, 10 a.m.
En Casa: Héctor Molina

Héctor Molina is a member of the amazing C4 Trio, the Venezuelan cuatro group, who sent us a version of his "Casa amarilla en El Entable" from his home in Florida. The piece is Héctor's very personal take on the venerable joropo, the quintessential Venezuelan folk music genre. El Entable is a neighborhood in Mérida, his hometown, and the yellow house is his mother's, a landmark in the area. It is included in his debut album, Giros, released in 2018. 

En Casa: Héctor Molina-“La casa amarilla de EL Entable"