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Performance Review: Diego El Cigala debuts Indestructible at Town Hall

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“Cigalasate!” – Oscar de Leon

As the Sony Music Press Release states, “Indestructible, the new recording by Flamenco singer Diego El Cigala sounds both familiar and different.”

Diego is no stranger to change. Throughout his career, he has made an art-form of making different musical traditions his own. His historic collaboration with the legendary Cuban pianist, Bebo Valdes titled Lagrimas Negras (Black Tears) earned a Latin Grammy; Picasso Con Mis Ojos (2005) highlighted his flamenco roots; Dos Lagrimas (2008) picked up where Lagrimas Negras left off; Cigala & Tango celebrated Tango and Romance, and Romance de la Luna Tucuman (2013) explored Argentine folk music.

Indestructible marks a leap in Diego’s musical evolution. Also, it pays tribute to his late wife, Amparo, and the great pianist, composer Bebo Valdes, who set his career on a new path.

Recorded in New York, Miami, San Juan, Puerto Rico and Cali, Colombia and Jerez de la Frontera, Andalucia and Barcelona, Spain, Indestructible features sonero Oscar D’ Leon, pianists Gonzalo Rubalcaba and Larry Harlow, trumpeter Luis “Perico” Ortiz, Los Munequitos de Matanzas, percussionists Changuito and Roberto Roena among others.

At the Town Hall, Diego, and his dynamic 10-piece band rolled out the repertoire in grand style. The set opened with selections from Indestructible – Sonora Poncena’s Moreno Hector Lavoe’s Periodico de Ayer and Cheo Feliciano’s El Raton.

Midway through the set, Diego morphed into crooner mode and performed his greatest hits, including Involvidable, Corazon Loco, Vete de Mi, and Lagrimas Negras among others.

I can’t say enough about the pianist, Jaime Calabuch “Jumitus,” who accompanied El Cigala masterfully and the collective, who left nothing to be desired.

Diego brings the duende and drama of flamenco and his powerful and expressive voice to timeless salsa classics of the 70s and 80s and the results are amazing.

It was yet, another great evening at the historic Town Hall, a venue with a rich history and an integral part of the fabric of New York City.

Tracks: Moreno Soy, Conversacion en Tiempo de Bolero, Periodico de Ayer, Indestructible, El Raton, El Paso de Encarnacion, Como Fue, Hacha y Machete, Se Nos Rompio de Amor, Juanito Alimana, Fiesta Para Bebo.

Personnel: Diego El Cigala, Jaime Calbuch “Jumitus, Yelsy Heredia, Bernardo Aguirre, Richard Stella, Carlos Martinez, Anibal Martinez, Diego Giraldo, Giovanni Betancourt, David Marcano, Daniel Diaz.

Artist Website: http://elcigala.com
Photos: Yann Serrand

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A graduate of Empire State College with a dual major in journalism and Latin American studies, Editor-in-Chief Tomas Peña has spent years applying his knowledge and writing skills to the promotion of great musicians. A specialist in the crossroads between jazz and Latin music, Peña has written extensively on the subject. His writing appears on Latin Jazz Network; Chamber Music America magazine and numerous other publications.

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