Sílvia Pérez Cruz and Raül Fernandez Miró
Sílvia Pérez Cruz and Raül Fernandez Miró present
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**U.S. DEBUT at Joe’s Pub Saturday March 22 at 7:30pm **
“Cruz/Miró” part of Beyond Flamenco series that launched Buika, La Shica and others
Singer Pérez and guitarist/producer Fernandez debut far-reaching project with songs from Leonard Cohen, Beyoncé, Amy Winehouse, Violeta Parra, Fito Paéz,
Robert Schumann Dichterliebe, and a Hoagy Carmichael classic
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Singer and songwriter Sílvia Pérez Cruz and guitarist, songwriter and producer Raül Fernandez Miró (aka 'Refree') make their United States debut on March 22 at 7:30pm at Joe's Pub in New York City to present their soon-to-be-released new collaboration Cruz Miró, a duo album of intimate and unusual interpretations of songs they love.
Their appearance is part of the Flamenco Festival 2014 series "Beyond Flamenco" -- which in previous editions has introduced groundbreaking Spanish acts such as flamenco jazz singer Buika (who went on to win a Latin Grammy), flamenco pop singer La Shica (later chosen to perform at GlobalFEST) and the Madrid street-party Canteca de Macao.
Pérez Cruz and Fernandez Miró’s repertoire in their new production embraces Federico García Lorca and Leonard Cohen (“Pequeño vals vienés” better known as “Take This Waltz”) but also Beyoncé and Amy Winehouse ( a mash up of “Single Ladies” and “Rehab”); Edith Piaf (“Hymne à l'amour”) but also Violeta Parra (“Puerto Montt está temblando”) and Hoagy Carmichael (“I Get Along Without You Very Well”).
It also includes music by Argentine pop rocker Fito Páez, songs by the late great flamenco singer Enrique Morente and a piece from the 19th century German composer Robert Schumann´s song cycle Dichterliebe.
“We have worked with freedom as a point of departure, in a very relaxed way,” explains Silvia. “I thought of possible songs, played them to Raül, talked them through, tried approaches, recorded sketches. And he did exactly the same. We did not rush. We worked with the comfort of having Raül’s studio in Barcelona as our work space, with no schedules, no rules. I believe the results reflect this.”
Raül concurs and adds: “I don’t see this as the usual covers album. We have tried to reach the essence of each song, at least the essence we feel in them. Some of our versions are quite different from the original songs, while sometimes they are more recognizable. We have approached this work with the clear intention of taking artistic risks”.
It’s a daring, ambitious proposition by what once seemed an unlikely partnership.
Pérez Cruz and Fernandez Miró first met in 2006 -- and instantly disliked each other. “I thought of Raül as someone absolutely far away from my reality,” says Sivia. “We argued about everything. Now I believe he is one of the most important collaborators I have ever had.”
Fernandez Miró recalls that “ It felt as if we spoke different languages, the communication did not flow. I saw in Sílvia exactly the opposite to what I thought and stood for; I believe she was too academic. Time made me realize she was different, exceptional, an unprecedented talent.”
Everything changed in an Immigrasons concert, a project about exile featuring Argentine and Spanish artists. Raül was one of the musical directors, Sílvia one of the singers. The tension between them had been explicit during rehearsals and the daily tour coexistence -- but on stage their connection was magical. And it has since developed into a sort of musical telepathy.
Silvia and Raül have since collaborated on several projects, touring Mexico, Argentina and Brasil. Her solo debut, 11 de novembre (Universal, 2012), was written and arranged by Silvia and co-produced by Silvia and Raül. The album featured songs in Portuguese and several Spanish languages (Castilian, Galician, Catalonian) and it earned her a Gold Record and album-of-the-year nominations in Spain and France.
11 de novembre was called by Spain´s Jenesaispop.com “a musical life-preserver, far from fashion and new tendencies, full of emotion and tenderness for the songs, treated with the care of a mother to her children.” While the Catalonian newspaper El Periódico called it “ a courageous debut.”
In performance, the duo utilizes several languages and explores different styles, as Silvia, a singer with a distinct phrasing and of impeccable intonation, uses jazz improvisation, the powerful rhythms of flamenco but also the intense emotions of fado, a sort of Portuguese blues. Meanwhile, Raül brings to their sound his passion for rock and pop and a distinct fearlessness in his experimenting.
About the Artists:
Sílvia Pérez Cruz, born in 1983 in Palafrugell (Girona, Spain) is a singer, composer, arranger and producer of her own work. She is classically trained, has a degree in jazz and saxophone and plays various instruments. After being part of several important collaborative projects -- most notably with figures such as singer and songwriter Joan Manuel Serrat; guitarist, singer and composer Toti Soler; jazz trumpeter and conguero Jerry González; flamenco singer Juan Rafael Cortés Santiago “Duquende,” and flamenco dancer and choreographer Israel Galván -- Sílvia wrote and recorded 11 de Novembre (2012, Universal). It was her first solo album.
Previous works on record include En la imaginación (Contrabaix/Nuba Records, 2001) with the jazz trio of bassist Javier Colina; and Rompiendo Aguas (Harmonia Mundi, 2011) featuring the group Llama and Israeli percussionist Ravid Goldschmidt.
Pérez Cruz won a Goya – the Spanish Oscar - for Best Original Song for "No te puedo encontrar,” (I can’t find you) featured in the film Blancanieves (Pablo Berger, 2012)
Raül Fernandez Miró, was born in 1976, in Barcelona, Spain. A guitarist, songwriter and producer, Raül has already toured the United States several times with alt-folk, country singer and songwriter Josh Rouse and worked in Nashville with multi-instrumentalist and producer Brad Jones.
He is arguably the best-known and respected independent music producer in Spain, having produced records for Lee Ranaldo, Kiko Veneno and Christina Rosenvinge. He has also arranged songs by Enrique Bunbury, Nacho Vegas and Amaral and has been the musical director of La Mala Rodríguez.
An indie cult artist, Raül has just released his seventh album under the name Refree. It’s his debut with the Primavera Sound label.