Prom 24 (31.7.12): BBC Radio 3 World Routes Academy
Tuesday 31 July at 10.15 p.m.
Royal Albert Hall
Now in its third year, BBC Radio 3’s World Routes Academy mentoring project turns to Latin America. Born in London of Colombian descent, 2012’s young apprentice is self-taught 20-year-old accordionist, singer and guitarist José Hernando
Arias Noguera. His mentor, the renowned Bogotá-based accordion king Egidio Cuadrado – who brings his own band – is probably best known for his collaborations with Carlos Vives, the Latin American superstar actor-turned-singer. Fusing the folk tradition of vallenato with elements of rock and pop has proved a game-changer for music now enjoyed all over the Spanish-speaking world and beyond.
A Late Night Prom devoted to the vallenato music of Colombia, and featuring the protégé and the mentor of the 2012 World Routes Academy. London-born 20-year-old accordionist and singer José Hernando Arias Noguera performs with one of Colombia's top artists, accordion virtuoso Egidio Cuadrado, with new songs as well as vallenato standards including 'La Gota Fria', 'El Cantor de Fonseca', 'La Vieja Sara' and 'Matilde Lina'. They are joined by singer Carlos Maria Zabaleta, guitarists Edgardo Ramos and Jesus Enrique Saurith, percussionists Eder Polo, Alfredo Rosado and Rony Theran, with Mayte Montero playing gaita flute and Luis Ángel Pastor on double bass. Introduced by Lucy Duran.
This is the third year of the World Routes Academy scheme, which brings together young UK-based performers of traditional roots music with top artists from the tradition to which they belong. José Hernando Arias Noguera was born and raised in West London - his parents emigrated to the UK from Colombia, but are not musicians themselves - José is largely self-taught, learning from recordings of great vallenato artists. In the World Routes Academy scheme he was able to make two trips to Colombia, involving intense mentoring sessions with Egidio Cuadrado, and also taking part in the celebrated Valledupar vallenato festival. He is aware that the vallenato tradition requires all-round musicianship: "The aim is to be a complete troubadour - to sing, to compose and to play the accordion at the same time. My dream is to make this music as well-known as salsa and to write lyrics in English for it.".
Last edited by Eine Alpensinfonie; 24-07-12 at 15:39.
Any comments (in anticipation) from our World Music friends)
I was looking forward to this and there was no doubt that they were excellent musicians but I found two accordions at full pelt too much after an hour!
Two people passed St Peter at the Pearly Gates. He sent one to heaven, where the guardian said: "Welcome to Heaven. Here's your harp." The other was sent to hell. His guardian said: "Welcome to Hell. Here's your accordian."
(It's the way I tell em.)