Friday, June 17, 2011
The Guardian's List of 50 Key Events in the History of World, Folk Music Includes Several Ties to Nonesuch
The Guardian and Observer have published their list of the 50 key events in the history of world and folk music, which includes four events that also have a direct link to the history of Nonesuch Records, events involving Ry Cooder and the Buena Vista Social Club, Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil, Youssou N'Dour, and Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares, and one that would later impact Kronos Quartet.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club, Omara Portuondo US Tour Opener Canceled; Remaining Shows Go On As Scheduled
Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club, featuring Omara Portuondo, was due to kick off a three-city US tour in Brooklyn's Prospect Park tonight. Unfortunately, the performance has been canceled due to visa delays. Instead, a special outdoor screening of Wim Wenders’ classic documentary Buena Vista Social Club will take place. The remainder of the tour, at Ravinia and the Hollywood Bowl, will take place as planned this weekend.
Friday, June 18, 2010
"AfroCubism," Project "Buena Vista Social Club" Almost Was, Will Be Released by World Circuit / Nonesuch Fourteen Years Later
In 1996, a group of Mali's finest musicians were due to fly into Havana for a speculative collaboration with some of Cuba's most brilliant singers and instrumentalists. For reasons that have never been made clear, the Malians never arrived. A very different album was recorded: Buena Vista Social Club. Now, World Circuit Records' Nick Gold, the man behind the 1996 venture, has brought the original invitees together and the great lost Afro-Cuban album will be released 14 years after originally planned.
Monday, January 5, 2009
Since the last Nonesuch Journal entry of 2008, which laid out scores of year-end best-of lists featuring Nonesuch albums and artists, still more critical praise has come in placing this music among the year's best.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
While 2008 may go down as one of the more turbulent years in recent (or distant) memory, or, more optimistically, a time of change, there is much to celebrate in the year in music. Nonesuch artists across all genres have contributed to that and, accordingly, have made their way onto many critics' lists of the year's best. For the final Nonesuch Journal article of the year, we offer an overview of just some of that year-end critical praise.
Monday, December 1, 2008
All About Jazz: Buena Vista Social Club at Carnegie Hall "A Deep Pleasure," Captures "Pinnacle of the Buena Vista Project"
The 1997 Buena Vista Social Club recording was, according to All About Jazz, "brimming with magic and full of songs from the vast trove of musical treasures with which Cuba is plentiful." The group's unforgettable performance at Carnegie Hall the following year "remains the pinnacle of the Buena Vista project," and now, with the newly released recording, it is available "for everyone who was there to remember, and everyone else to enjoy ... The music throughout Buena Vista Social Club at Carnegie Hall is a deep pleasure: melodic and full of warmth."
Monday, November 24, 2008
Buena Vista Social Club at Carnegie Hall, the recent release capturing that famous 1998 concert, receives five stars from the New Zealand Herald, which calls it "just as powerful as the 1997 studio album that made the Cuban players world-wide stars." The passing, since that show, of a number of the key band members "makes the beautifully packaged double album even more special," states the review, and "it's the closest you're going to get" to 1940s Havana. "Transport yourself."
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Buena Vista Social Club at Carnegie Hall, the new two-CD recording of the unforgettable 1998 performance by the legendary Cuban group, is the subject of a feature in the Wall Street Journal, which calls the concert recording "another chapter in the success story" of the Buena Vista Social Club. "Countless bands have been promoted as 'the next Buena Vista Social Club,'" the article declares. "None have replicated the group's success ... Buena Vista Social Club remains a potent example of Cuban music's power and reach ..." Jazz.com calls the original album "an exceptional body of performances by smart and seasoned musicians who had spent a few collective centuries immersed in the aural traditions of their native country."
Friday, October 31, 2008
Sun-Sentinal: Carnegie Hall Album Documents Buena Vista's "Virtuosity ... A Pleasure to Hear"; Perfect 10 from PopMatters
Buena Vista Social Club at Carnegie Hall earns a perfect 10 from PopMatters, which describes the songs on the original studio album as "polyrhythmic melting pots, rich harmonies, and pastoral Cuban melodies all encompassed by a tacit authenticity" and says the concert recording "staunchly carries with it the brand characteristics that launched this cultural exchange." The Sun-Sentinal says it "proves just how brilliant this ensemble was ... The Carnegie Hall concert is a document of that virtuosity, and a pleasure to hear."
Monday, October 27, 2008
Times (UK): Four Stars to Recording of "Triumphant" Buena Vista Social Club Concert at Carnegie Hall
It was 10 years ago that the Buena Vista Social Club took the stage of Carnegie Hall for what Spinner says was "a cultural event as much as a concert" and, the site exclaims, "How fresh it sounds today! ... It's every bit as revelatory as the introductory album had been and arguably even more involving for the concert setting. You can hear the joy of the performers and audience alike." The Times (UK) gives four stars to this recording of "the triumphant" event.