07 10 08 | 7PM | EL MUSEO’S FREE SUMMER NIGHTS MUSIC SERIES FEAT. CECILIA VILLAR ELJURI & XIOMARA LAUGART
El Museo continues its crowd-pleasing summer music series this year with concerts held every Thursday evening at 7 PM. Now through August 14.
Women on the Verge, June 12 through July 10, highlights ground-breaking new work by leading Latina singer-songwriters. The series focuses on the growing trend of Latina musicians taking traditional Latin musical forms (cumbias, sones, bambucos, festejos, zambas, landos, etc.) and reinterpreting them with modern twists, from free jazz to indie rock, to create their own inimitable sounds. (Think Julieta Venegas, Shakira, and Andrea Echeverri in their underground days.)
The Summer nights music series contiues this week with a LAMC collaboration. Performing live will be Cecilia Villar Eljuri. Ecuadoran rockera Cecilia Villar Eljuri’s latest release titled “En Paz” melds the music of Cecilia’s heritage with honest lyrics and powerful dance-inciting rhythms. Sung primarily in Spanish, this may be Eljuri’s most raw and passionate album to date.
Born in Ecuador, Cecilia is the daughter of legendary radio, theatre and television pioneer Paco Villar and composer Olga Eljuri de Villar. She grew up in New York City’s punk scene, playing clubs including CBGBs and The Bitter End beginning when she was still a teenager, with the group “Trouble Dolls”. But for the creation of her new album, “En Paz”, Cecilia tapped into her parents’ artistic legacy and Ecuadorian heritage by traveling to her homeland during the writing stage, greatly impacting the direction of the album. What unfolds on “En Paz” are pared-down rock songs with hook-driven melodies, complimented by confident lyrics. On “Sombra Negra”, Eljuri delivers sultry, urgent vocals backed by growling guitar licks. Another song, Una Ola, one of the first tracks written for the album, reflects on memories of a dear friend. Eljuri describes the powers of the ocean and how a single wave can sweep you away into bliss. Come hear "… a sound that electrifies Latin styles…This is rock/dance music at its best." —BILLBOARD Magazine [ www.eljurimusic.com ]
Joining Cecilia will be Xiomara Laugart. For many years in Cuba, powerful, raw songstress Xiomara Laugart (a.k.a. “La Negra”) was muse to artists in the “Nueva Trova” movement, and shared stages with the likes of Pablo Milanes, Silvio Rodriguez, and Raul Torres. After immigrating to the United States, Xiomara became the lead vocalist in Yerba Buena, and recently played Celia Cruz on Broadway, singing the Cuban legend’s classic songs so authentically, older audience members were regularly moved to tears. Over the course of her career she has recorded and/or performed alongside some of Latin music’s most legendary musicians, including Albita, Omara Portuondo, Jacky Terrasson, Omar Sosa, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Dave Valentin, Isaac Delgado, Carlinhos Brown, Roy Hargrove, Ron Blake, and many more. [ www.xiomaralaugart.net ]
Admission: All of the concerts are free and open to the public. Location: Typically held in El Museo’s outdoor courtyard, this year’s concert series will take place in El Museo’s 599-seat Heckscher Theater while the courtyard undergoes renovation.