February 17, 2012

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Rafael Esquer

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Lila Downs: Free Concert Today in New York City

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Latin Grammy award winner (and one of Alfalfa Studio favorite world music recording artists) Lila Downs, will be giving a free concert today at El Museo del Barrio in New York City. The concert is part of Carnegie Hall’s Neighborhood Concert Series. The Mexican singer will be performing material from …

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Latin Grammy award winner (and one of Alfalfa Studio favorite world music recording artists) Lila Downs, will be giving a free concert today at El Museo del Barrio in New York City. The concert is part of Carnegie Hall’s Neighborhood Concert Series.

The Mexican singer will be performing material from her new CD release, Pecados y Milagros (Sins and Miracles). Her latest album is an exploration of faith in light of modern events, both tragic and inspirational. The album design itself speaks of Lila’s attitude towards her music creations. Fifteen renowned Mexican contemporary visual artists have joined Lila in this project and each has created a work of art to accompany each song on the CD. The final package design was completed by renown Mexican design Alejandro Magallanes (also known as the Stefan Sagmeister of Mexico). These images have been integrated into a video projection, which will be part of the concert performance.

If you have not heard Lila, she is an artist worth checking. As a spectator, I’ve seen her evolution and growth as each album brings something new. Her constant re-invention of traditional Mexican music and original compositions fused with blues, jazz, soul, African root, and even klezmer music is something I look forward to.

From the artist’s site:
Her musical vision is anthropological in nature and as varied as the ancient and earthy cultures that continue to nurture and inspire her. Embracing and highlighting indigenous origins, whether in the U.S. or Mexico, has always been an important aspect of her music, as well as the topics of political and social justice, immigration, and transformation, all rooted in the human condition. She strives to make a meaningful connection with her diverse audiences through her music and performances. “I’m so lucky,” remarks Downs. “People who follow our music are from all walks of life, and they want to scratch the surface to know the whys and hows. Every day we get to connect in so many ways.”

Last November I saw the talented singer at the Auditorio La Guelaguetza in beautiful Oaxaca City. She filled every seat in a concert to remember. I purchased her Pecados y Milagros album there and have not stopped listening to it ever since!

If you are in New York City, I highly recommend it.

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Saturday, February 18, 2012
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
El Teatro
Admission: Free

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