Fania All Stars/Hector Lavoe: Mi Gente

Written by Roberto Sierra


In category: Song of the Day

Published January 21, 2019

These are the sounds of salsa that I remember growing up in Puerto Rico, and these are the same sounds of Latin Music that could be heard in New York during the 1970s! The amazing musicianship, timing, rhythm and impeccable musicianship are just masterful. Particularly moving for me is to see this group of Latinos in Zaire (now known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo) bringing Salsa back to its musical roots.

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For the past three decades Roberto Sierra’s works have been performed by orchestras, ensembles and festivals in the Americas and Europe. Sierra came to prominence in 1987, when his first major orchestral composition, Júbilo, was performed at Carnegie Hall by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Major commissions and performances include: the Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Houston Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Tonhalle Orchestra (Zurich), Germany’s Radio Orchestras from Saarland and Frankfurt, England’s BBC Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, etc. In 2003 he was awarded the Academy Award in Music by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. and in 2010 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. He was awarded the prestigious Tomás Luis de Victoria Prize in 2017, the highest honor conferred in Spain to a composer of Spanish or Latin American origin.

NYFOS will perform the American premiere of Sierra’s 33 Suenos (33 Dreams) with poetry by Juan Carlos Garvayo on February 20, 2018 at Merkin Hall.


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