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Interchange: The LA Guitar Quartet and the Delaware Symphony Orchestra

Mention Sérgio Assad to a guitarist and watch the reaction: that’s what awe-inspired humility looks like. His quite exceptional artistry and uncanny ensemble playing come from both a family rich in Brazilian musical tradition and from studies with the very best guitarists in the Americas.

Now, Assad is turning to orchestral composition. And symphonic audiences across the globe are all the richer for it.

Late this Spring, the members of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet—virtuosos in their own right— were in Delaware, guests of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra and its music director David Amado, to perform and record Assad’s composition “Interchange,” which he had composed especially for the Quartet.

The News Journal sent a photographer to the rehearsals (see those photos in a new window) and Latino USA sent Diantha Parker to talk with members of the Quartet, with Amado, and —later— with the composer about a work that she discovered is all about the drive found in music, especially Latin music.

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Nortec Collective: Tijuana Sound Machine

The Nortec Collective has been hailed by critics and fans alike for their distinctive border feel, combining the best Mexican styles of music with the modern, Americanized techno feel. Created in 1999 by several Tijuana, Mexico DJs, Nortec has produced several CD compilations beginning with “The Tijuana Sessions Vol.1.” The latest compilation, “Tijuana Sound Machine” was nominated for a 2008 Latin Grammy.

The Nortec collective is not a band or a group but a series of compilations created in (and about) Tijuana Mexico where electronica, norteño and tambora music come together with visuals. As a group, the Nortec Collective has not performed publicly since 2007. But as DJ’s, the collective’s live shows are dominated by VJs, computers, and visuals.

Grammy nominated members Bostich and Fussible are embarking on a mini-tour of Mexico, Texas and California in June.

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The Music of Maya Azucena

Musical artist Maya Azucena believes that music is a tool for healing and activism. This Brooklyn-based soul-singer has toured the world and shared the stage with some of the most well-known musical artists from the worlds of R&B, Soul, Hip-Hop, Jazz, and Rock. She is so eclectic that she shared in a 2008 Grammy Award for a Reggae collaboration with Stephan Marley. In the spring of 2008, Maya and her band did a 5-week U.S. State Department-sponsored tour of Myanmar (Burma), China, the Philippines, and Sri Lanka, as part of The Rhythm Road/American Music Abroad program. They did concerts as well as music workshops in an effort to create cultural exchange.

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Watch this 11-minute long music-filled documentary of Maya Azucena on VIMEO.

All You Need is Mosh

Jonas Gonzalez and Alejandro Rosso are two young guys from Monterrey, Mexico. They were big fans of computerized games when they met. And they both liked music. But that’s where the similarities end. Jonas at the time came from a background of trash metal. Alejandro’s tastes leaned towards the avante-garde, appreciating jazz and classical music. Their opposite musical worlds collided and still do in their music. Together, they are the duo forming the heart and soul of Plastilina Mosh. Jonas speaks with Maria Hinojosa about the group’s fourth CD, “All You Need is Mosh.”

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During Maria’s interview with Jonás Gonzalez of Plastilina Mosh, she asked him questions in English and he started giving his responses in Spanish. You can listen to their conversation without English voice-overs.

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Jonaz Goes to Hollywood
All You Need is Mosh (2008)

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