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  • 1El Pijul05:15
  • 2Bemba y Tablao03:01
  • 3La Bamba02:21
  • 4Conga Patria04:47
  • 5Cielito Lindo02:15
  • 6Hummingbird Blues03:43
  • 7Xalapa Bang!05:43
  • 8El Cascabel05:23
  • 9Somos Sur Piano Introduction00:23
  • 10Somos Sur05:06
  • Total Runtime37:57

Info for Fandango at the Wall

An album with a remarkable journey through music from Latin America and the Caribbean plus Mexico’s son jarocho, it’s a collaboration among multi GRAMMY® winners Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, together with featured guests: the Conga Patria Collective, that includes Patricio Hidalgo, Ramón Gutiérrez Hernández, Tacho Utrera, Wendy Cao Romero, Fernando Guadarrama, and Jorge Francisco Castillo (founder, Fandango Fronterizo).

Inspired by the Fandango Fronterizo Festival, which takes place simultaneously on both sides of the Tijuana-San Diego border wall and was celebrated in the album and HBO documentary Fandango at the Wall, this live free concert unites multiple-GRAMMY®-winning Arturo O’Farrill and his 18-piece Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, with musicians from the U.S. and abroad, and son jarocho musicians from Veracruz, México, into a concert on the lawns of Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier I, with the statue of liberty as its backdrop. The event will serve as both a poignant. reminder and rousing celebration of our national promise to embrace and welcome immigrants, and of the power of music and culture to transcend borders.

Featured guest artists will be Conga Patria son jarocho collective, featuring Patricio Hidalgo, Ramón Gutiérrez, Tacho Utrera, Wendy Cao Romero, Fernando Guadarrama, and Jorge Francisco Castillo, Mexican trio the Villalobos Brothers; multiple-GRAMMY®-nominated American jazz violinist Regina Carter, American cellist and composer Akua Dixon; Iraqi-American oud virtuoso Rahim Alhaj, and the Iranian-born tar and setar player Sahba Motalebbi.

Patricio Hidalgo Belli, jarana, vocals
Ramón Gutiérrez Hernández, requinto, vocals
Tacho Utrera, leona, vocals
Fernando Guadarrama Olivera, arana, vocals
Jorge Francisco Castillo, jarana, vocals
Wendy Cao Romero, jarana, vocals, zapateado
Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra
Arturo O’Farrill, director, conductor, arranger, piano, keyboard
Yaratse Hidalgo, zapateo dancing & dancing
Claudia Valentina, jarana & vocals
Julia del Palacio, zapateo dancing
Jacob Hernández, marimbol
Ernesto Villalobos, violin & vocals
Alberto Villalobos, violin, viola & vocals
Humberto Flores, guitar, vocals
Ina Paris, violin
Leonor Falcon, viola
Marisol Espada, cello
Gabriel Chakarji, piano
Sharon Moe, French horn

Arturo OFarrill & The Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra
Grammy Award-winning pianist, composer, and educator Arturo O’Farrill—leader of the “first family of Afro-Cuban Jazz” (New York Times)—was born in Mexico and grew up in New York City. Son of the late, great composer Chico O’Farrill, Arturo played piano in Carla Bley’s Big Band from 1979 through 1983 and earned a reputation as a soloist in groups led by Dizzy Gillespie, Lester Bowie, Wynton Marsalis, and Harry Belafonte. In 2002, he established the Grammy Award-winning Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra (ALJO) to bring the vital musical traditions of Afro Latin jazz to a wider general audience, and to greatly expand the contemporary Latin jazz big band repertoire through commissions to artists across a wide stylistic and geographic range. In March 2021, O’Farrill and the ALJO won their 7th Grammy for Four Questions, with Cornel West as guest orator. In September 2018, O’Farrill released his album, Fandango at the Wall: A Soundtrack for the United States, Mexico, and Beyond, which was also released as a documentary for HBO MAX. In 2019, O’Farrill was appointed Professor at The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music in the Global Jazz Studies department and is currently the Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. O’Farrill’s debut recording with Blue Note Records …dreaming in lions… is nominated for a 2022 Grammy Award in the “Best Instrumental Composition” category, and his album, Virtual Birdland (ZOHO), is nominated for “Best Latin Jazz Album.” O’Farrill is a Steinway Artist and records for Blue Note Records.

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