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Did You Eat? by Felipe Salles

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Album Title: The New Immigrant Experience
Label: Tapestry Records
Released: 2020


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About the Album

"Did You Eat?" is the second track from The New Immigrant Experience, renowned composer Felipe Salles' CD/DVD multimedia release featuring the 18-piece Felipe Salles Interconnections Ensemble, out March 20, 2020 via Tapestry Records. It’s a powerful new work inspired by the lives of “Dreamers,” the almost seven hundred thousand individuals currently protected by DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Written by Salles –who emigrated from Brazil to the United States in 1995 – and developed with the aid of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship, the work uses speech cadences and melodic motifs based on key words as its main source of musical material. The compelling and personal stories it tells were collected through interviews Salles conducted with a group of nine Dreamers during the summer of 2018. Videos of the interviews were created by Fernanda Faya. Individual stories and experiences of growing up bilingual and undocumented also informed musical choices.

Song Listing

CD1: Introduction; Did You Eat?; Their Stories Have Never Been Told; An Education to Begin With; A Part and Not the Other; Survivor’s Guilt. CD2: It’s Just Lines on the Ground; Built on Thin Air; Crossing Barriers; These Things That Are Taken for Granted; Coda.


Felipe Salles
Jeff Holmes
Don Clough
Eric Smith
Doug Olsen
Jonathan Ball
aaron dutton
Mike Caudill
Rick DiMuzio
saxophone, tenor
Clayton DeWalt
Randy Pingrey
Bulut Gulen
Ryan Fedak
Keala Kaumeheiwa
bass, acoustic


Date featured

October 11, 2020

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