Kevin Carrel Footer & María Volonté & Mavi Díaz: Blue Tango Tour
The Blue Tango Tour a collaboration between the celebrated Argentine tango singer María Volonté and California harmonica player Kevin Carrel Footer is a ground-breaking musical project exploring the emotional and musical crossroads where tango and the blues embrace.
This globe-trotting duo celebrates the deep spiritual bond that joins tango and the blues, as two musical genres born in desire and marginality, many times censored yet always resurgent and speaking directly to our hungry souls. When they play together, Maria's voice and guitar fill the stage with echoes of tango's forbidden pleasures while Kevin's harmonica whines with the lament of the solitary blues soul.
About María Volonté:
Celebrated Argentine singer and songwriter María Volonté is a powerful creative force whose "entrancing creative expression" (International Review of Music) has fascinated critics and audiences around the world. Called "the best-kept secret of Argentinian Tango" (Songlines Magazine), Volonté has gathered a fervent international following which keeps her touring constantly.
A Latin Grammy nominee, Gardel Prize Winner (Argentina's Grammy) and member of the Tango Hall of Fame, Volonté has emerged as one of the most admired and passionate voices in Argentine music. A singer who combines the "earthiness of Edith Piaf with the sassiness of Eartha Kitt" (Jazz Perspectives), Volonté is also a restless musical innovator who "plays impressive acoustic guitar and is willing to experiment" (The Guardian).
Dubbed "Tango's shimmering star!" (Global Rhythm), Volonté conquered the world of tango with numerous award-winning CDs. Her current projects explore the fusion of Argentine music with other Latin American rhythms, jazz and the blues.
She has shared the stage with Astor Piazzolla's legendary last quintet, recorded duets with trumpter Arturo Sandoval and counts among her many fans Paquito D'Rivera ("her music is a parade of good taste") and Derek Sivers (founder of CD Baby) who included María in the list of artists he was proudest to have released while founding the seminal online music distributor. NPR Music called Volonté's art a "potent brew" and advised listeners to "consume responsibly."
Artist Video: http://mariavolonte.com/2009/10/28/maria-volonte-artist-video/
Video Clip: Beso Azul: http://mariavolonte.com/2012/03/30/beso-azul-official-video/
About Mavi Diaz:
Gardel Prize-winner Mavi Diaz is a towering presence on the Argentine music scene. A former pop star, she was a founding member of the seminal all-female 1980s band "Viudas e Hijas de Roque Enroll." Currently, she is the leader of the path-breaking folk-rock band "Mavi Diaz & Las Folkies"). Daughter of the world-famous harmonica player Hugo Diaz, she was surrounded by the best Argentine music from an early age and has dedicated her life to putting that legacy to good use as a performer, composer, vocal coach and producer. Her latest folk-rock music CD "Sonqoy" is tearing up the Argentine music charts and helping to bring folk music back to the center of attention on the popular music scene.
Video Clip: http://youtu.be/P611j3f0d30
About Kevin Carrel Footer:
Kevin Carrel Footer learned to play harmonica while hitchhiking across the United States during his own pilgrimage to the delta of the Mississippi, birthplace of the blues. Later, following the perfume of tango to Argentina, he lost himself in the milongas and cafes of Buenos Aires. Together with Argentine singer-songwriter María Volonté he created the Blue Tango Tour project to explore the fusion of tango and the blues through original compositions and unique versions of classic tango songs.
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