239

Amaral, Rita Indiana y Los Misterios, New York, NY, July 9, 2011

Ernest Barteldes By

Sign in to view read count
Amaral, Rita Indiana y Los Misterios
Latin Alternative Music Conference
Central Park Summerstage
New York, NY

July 9, 2011

As part of the program for the 12th edition of the Latin Alternative Music Conference, Spain-based Amaral took to the stage with just principals Eva Amaral (vocals) and Juan Aguirre (guitar). Though unbilled for the evening on the official program, they were very well received, playing a short set that included some of the best-known hits from their career, which began with 1998's self-titled album Amaral (EMI/Virgin Europe).

After a very short break, Dominican Republic's merengue pop fusion vocalist Rita Indiana hit the stage with her eight-piece band Los Misterios, which is formed mostly by percussionists (congas, drums and other instruments), electric guitar and bass. She was also accompanied by two male dancers who seemed to borrow from the Brazilian pagode groups—highly choreographed, seductive moves planned to entice the audience as well as to complement the music itself.

Indiana's sound is a mix of her native merengue with pop, rock and dance elements. This was evidenced by her Spanish-language remake of Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)." At first the song was almost unrecognizable, but the band slowly stripped it from the Latin elements, leaving just the drums, guitar and bass to play the tune's familiar melodic line that culminated with Indiana singing the original English lyrics. She also incorporated elements of funk and soul in "Jardinera (Semilla)," a tune that featured audience participation during the chorus.

In spite of almost 90 degree weather, Indiana kept turning up the heat, and towards the end of the set she performed a tune that bordered on punk rock (the audience roaring with approval) and finally closed with a more traditional sounding number.

Rita Indiana is yet to be discovered by mainstream audiences, but considering the quality of the performance, it is a only matter of time until she crosses over to the position of World pop bands like Aterciopelados or Los Amigos Invisibles, who both have an audience outside the expat Latin communities.

Related Video

Shop

More Articles

Read Panama Jazz Festival 2017 Live Reviews Panama Jazz Festival 2017
by Mark Holston
Published: February 21, 2017
Read Foundation of Funk at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom Live Reviews Foundation of Funk at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom
by Geoff Anderson
Published: February 20, 2017
Read The Cookers at Nighttown Live Reviews The Cookers at Nighttown
by C. Andrew Hovan
Published: February 16, 2017
Read Monty Alexander Trio at Longwood Gardens Live Reviews Monty Alexander Trio at Longwood Gardens
by Geno Thackara
Published: February 15, 2017
Read "The Hot Sardines at Central Park Summerstage" Live Reviews The Hot Sardines at Central Park Summerstage
by Ernest Barteldes
Published: July 1, 2016
Read "Quentin Baxter Quintet at Simons Center Recital Hall" Live Reviews Quentin Baxter Quintet at Simons Center Recital Hall
by Rob Rosenblum
Published: December 6, 2016
Read "Brilliant Corners 2016" Live Reviews Brilliant Corners 2016
by Ian Patterson
Published: March 19, 2016
Read "Davy Knowles at Higher Ground" Live Reviews Davy Knowles at Higher Ground
by Doug Collette
Published: August 27, 2016
Read "John Daversa Big Band at The Baked Potato" Live Reviews John Daversa Big Band at The Baked Potato
by Paul Naser
Published: June 3, 2016
Read "Del & Dawg at the Ryman Auditorium" Live Reviews Del & Dawg at the Ryman Auditorium
by William Levine
Published: July 9, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!