Mexican-American Classical Crossover: De La Parra's 'Travieso Carmesi'

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In 2010, Mexico celebrated its 200 years of independence. Among the many festivities, Mexican-American conductor Alondra de la Parra's performance with her Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas at the feet of the Angel de la Independencia (The Angel of Independence) statue in Mexico City captivated the Mexican public. De la Parra and orchestra also released their first album, Mi Alma Mexicana, a collection of festive, folk-flavored classical favorites.

The new album from the conductor and the orchestra is Travieso Carmesi, which features three of Mexico's most talented female singers: Denise Gutiérrez (aka Lo Blondo from indie rock band Hello Seahorse!), rockera pioneer Ely Guerra and indie pop sensation Natalia Lafourcade. All three guests have previous experience performing songs outside their pop-rock niches, but never with this caliber of craftsmanship.

De La Parra's skillful execution embraces the warmth of ranchero music with hints of bolero. Mexican classics such as "Amaneci otra vez," "Cielito Lindo" and "Solamente una vez" are vernacular songs performed with both elegance and seduction. They speak to the heart and are full of Mexican nostalgia.

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These discs may be the only way to hear the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas for a while. The New York Times ArtsBeat blog reported June 3 that the orchestra is on hiatus until is sorts out its finances.

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Alondra De La Parra Da Un Paso Hacia La Música Popular

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En el 2010 México celebró dos siglos de independencia. Como parte de la celebración se presentó en el D.F la compositora Alondra de la Parra junto a La Orquesta Filarmónica de las Américas al pie del Ángel de la Independencia. De la Parra y su orquesta estrenaron su primer disco, Mi alma Mexicana, una colección de clásicos mexcianos con sabor folclórico.

En su nuevo disco, Travieso Carmesi, se destacan tres de las cantantes mexicanas más talentosas del momento: Denise Gutierrez (también conocida como Lo Blondo de la banda indie rock Hello Seahorse!), la rockera Ely Guerra y la sensación de indie pop Natalia Lafourcade. Todas las invitadas han interpretado canciones fuera de sus estilos habituales, pero lo han hecho con una destreza espectacular.

De La Parra abraza la música ranchera agregando elementos de bolero. El disco contiene clásicos mexicanos como "Amanecí Otra Vez," "Cielito Lindo" y "Solamente Una Vez". Son versiones elegantes y seductoras, llenas de nostalgia mexicana.

En este momento estos discos quizás sean la única manera de disfrutar de la Orquesta Filarmónica de las Américas. El 3 de Junio el New York Times afirmó que la orquesta esta tomando una pausa hasta que se arreglen sus finanzas.

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