Aterciopelados- Rio

Iconic Colombian Group Builds Upon the Crossover Success of Latin
GRAMMY-winning Oye (2006) With New Album

Mixed in NYC by Hector Castillo (Brazilian Girls, David Bowie, Gustavo Cerati)

Nacional Records is proud to announce that Colombian music icons Aterciopelados will release their highly-anticipated new album, Rio. The new release finds the band aggressively building upon the creative momentum of Oye, the critically-acclaimed album that not only won them a Latin GRAMMY but also a Premio Lo Nuestro award. TIME said, “Aterciopelados’s true skill lies in its ability to take north-of-the-border musical styles… and breathe new life into them, all while giving them a distinctly Colombian sheen.”

Rio is evidence that, as VIBE put it, “For Aterciopelados, maturity has become a form of liberation.” The album was recorded in the band’s hometown of Bogotá and mixed by Héctor Castillo (Brazilian Girls, David Bowie, Gustavo Cerati) in New York City. It is an impassioned, socially conscious record with the group’s signature organic rock sound.

The album’s opener and first single is the title track, a call to action that finds Aterciopelados at a new level of creativity and musicality. It coincides with a proposed Colombian constitutional referendum that declares the country’s bodies of water deserve basic rights. “When I was growing up, the Bogotá River was considered a mythic and iconic place, and now it’s a tiny stream,” says singer Andrea Echeverri. “Musically and lyrically, the track ‘Rio’ is unlike any previous Aterciopelados song. I’m even singing in a different way than in the past. With this one, we reached an entirely new place.”

The album’s guests range from rapper Gloria “Goyo” Martínez (of Colombian hip hop act Choc Quib Town) on “28,” to the Andean group Kapary Walka on “Madre” and “Aguita.” Echeverri’s

daughter, Milagros, makes an appearance on “Ataque de Risa.” The birth of Milagros, now six, was the primary inspiration for her critically lauded self-titled solo album. “This track was originally going to be on a children’s album I’ve been recording with Manolo, my husband, and Milagros in our home studio. With the first couple tracks, Milagros was nervous at the mic but now she approaches it with such confidence and happiness.”

Aterciopelados plan to tour the U.S. in support of ‘Rio’ in early 2009, following the birth of Andrea Echeverri’s second child. They recently completed a European tour with her pregnant belly proudly displayed.
The longtime creative relationship between Echeverri and Buitrago proves to be the source for the band’s musical genius. “We have had quite a musical career, which has evolved over the years through our own identity search and experimentation, finding our own sound,” Echeverri says. “I do some things, like writing the songs and he does the other things, such as producing and imagining the musical vision for the song. We really complement each other musically in a way that works. And more important than anything, we have love and respect for each other.”

miércoles, 23 de diciembre de 2009

Aterciopelados wishes you a Merry Christmas and a New Year Lighting

PEACE reverberates in the cathedral and even bounces light here traveling from the central sun from here is called PEACE
generating the guardian angel touches us all unconditional love light that no mistakes

jueves, 3 de diciembre de 2009

Aterciopelados Nominado al Grammy Best Latin Rock, Alternative Or Urban Album

Aterciopelados de Colombia ha sido nominado al Grammy por su disco "RIO" en la categoria Mejor Album Rock Alternativo o Urbano. Best Latin Rock, Alternative Or Urban Album

Category 58
Best Latin Rock, Alternative Or Urban Album
(Vocal or Instrumental.)

* Rio
[Nacional Records]
* Y.
[EMI Spain]
* Los De Atras Vienen Conmigo
Calle 13
[Sony Music Norte]
* La Luz Del Ritmo
Los Fabulosos Cadillacs
[Nacional Records]
* La Revolucion
Wisin Y Yandel
[Machete Music/Wy Records]

viernes, 30 de octubre de 2009

The dreams are free, surreal level

Es gratis la lluvia, gracias al creador Es gratis el aire, el hoyo soplador
Gratis el mail y el jardín interior El éter y el baile del electrón
Es gratis el fuego, su eterno crepitar es gratis el verbo, la lava del
Gratis la risa, las olas sin fin el hoyo negro el canto del

Paz reverbera en la catedral y hasta acá rebota
Luz viajando desde el sol central desde acá se invoca
Paz generando el ángel guardián a todos nos toca
Luz del amor incondicional que no se equivoca-3

Es gratis la aurora, la ley de gravedad la niebla, la nieve, que cae en
Gratis las nubes que traen tempestad los chakras los ojos del huracán
Son gratis los sueños, el plano surreal el humo, que sube, que flota
La fantasía, los prismas de luz el relámpago y su

martes, 27 de octubre de 2009

Perform at United Nations

ATERCIOPELADOS to perform at United Nations general assembly hall on october 23rd

Aterciopelados Recently Returned Home To Bogota After Their First-Career Tour Of Australia

The Colombian Music Icons Will Join A Special “Tribute To Peacekeeping”
Concert With A Star-Studded Lineup Of Performers Including Harry Belafonte, Roberta Flack and Angelique Kidjo

Aterciopelados Will Play Several Songs Including Human Rights Anthem “The Price Of Silence,” The Group’s Amnesty International Benefit Track Re-Worked From “Cancion Protesta”

Watch “The Price Of Silence” Video Featuring Aterciopelados With Artists Like Julieta Venegas, Stephen Marley AndNatalie Merchant In The U.N. General Assembly Hall

Colombian music icons Aterciopelados will perform a special concert at the United Nations General Assembly Hall on October 23rd as part of “United Nations Day.” The United Nations and non-profit organization Culture Project present a “Tribute To Peacekeeping” concert as Aterciopelados will join artists like Harry Belafonte, Roberta Flack and Angelique Kidjo to celebrate the anniversary of the 1945 charter of the United Nations. Most recently, Aterciopelados returned home to Bogota after their first-career tour of Australia.

Aterciopelados will play several songs at this prestigious concert including their human rights anthem “The Price Of Silence.” The Amnesty International benefit track was re-worked from the Aterciopelados hit “Cancion Protesta,” originally off their Latin Grammy-winning album ‘Oye.’ “The Price of Silence” was released last winter by Nacional Records, celebrating the 60th Anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The song’s music video was virtually simulated in the U.N. Assembly Hall and features Aterciopelados with artists like Julieta Venegas, Stephen Marley and Natalie Merchant.

Video: The Price of Silence

jueves, 1 de octubre de 2009


ATERCIOPELADOS (The Velvets) Australian Tour

For the first time ever, Colombian music icons Aterciopelados bring their Grammy Award winning Latin indie-rock to Australia. Led by songwriters Andrea Echeverri (vocals) and Hector Buitrago (bass), Atercios’ annex and combine styles with a healthy disregard for musical boundaries: new wave, lounge, reggae, bossa nova, electro, hard rock, bolero, Mexican banda, house, rumba-rock and straightforward pop anthems, not to mention surf-rock guitar lines. Accompanied by some of the best musicians in Colombia, the pair is renowned for creating magic onstage.

Lead singer Andrea Echeverri is a high profile Amnesty International ambassador, outspoken on human rights issues in Colombia and across the globe. Her passionate songs and actions have branded her a “Latin Janis Joplin” in the tradition of socially conscious singer-songwriters. The band donated their single “Cancion Protesta” to Amnesty USA which commissioned it’s transformation into a new bi-lingual hit “The Price of Silence”, featuring a host of international world music stars. Please see below for a link to this music video.

Amnesty International Australia are showing their support by sponsoring The Metro concert on October 1st. In response, the band is donating some of the profits to Amnesty.

Full tour dates:
Thursday October 1st – The Metro (Sydney, NSW)
Friday October 2 – Fiesta Festival (Sydney, NSW)
Saturday October 3 – QPAC Concert Hall (Brisbane, QLD)
Sunday October 4 – Hamer Hall (Melbourne, Vic)
Monday October 5 – Stage 88 (Canberra, ACT)


UNSEEN TV: Aterciopelados in concert- Australia

EL DIARIO AUSTRALIANO: "El icónico grupo colombiano liderizado por Andrea Echeverri y Héctor Buitrago se estará presentando -por primera vez- en octubre en una gira que cubre algunas de las principales ciudades de Australia."

LIVE GUIDE: “Musical mavericks often reject the past; this Colombian electro-rock duo is dragging its traditions into the present, marinating its songs in South American rhythms.”

MUSIC FEEDS:"Lead singer Andrea Echeverri is a high profile Amnesty International ambassador, outspoken on human rights issues in Colombia and across the globe. Her passionate songs and actions have branded her a “Latin Janis Joplin”

CONSULADO DE COLOMBIA SYDNEY:"La Embajada de la República de Colombia tiene el gusto de invitarlos a participar en los conciertos del grupo colombiano ATERCIOPELADOS"

LA COMUNIDAD:"Con ellos se viaja a la buena música... Hacen mestiza una música que no tiene fronteras, íntima y bailable, divertida y poética."

martes, 25 de agosto de 2009

Amnesty International Press Release

Amnesty International USA sponsors Viva! Chicago Latin Music Festival Aterciopelados to perform on Saturday August 29th on behalf of Amnesty International.

(Chicago) – Amnesty International USA will be sponsoring the City of Chicago’s Mayor’s Office of Special Events annual Viva! Chicago Latin Music Festival this year on August 29th and 30th. Amnesty International will be raising awareness on two of their priority campaigns; The Women of Atenco and Immigrant Detention. The women of Atenco were brutally abused, mentally and physically by the police in San Salvador Atenco Mexico in May of 2006 after participating in a peaceful peasant protest. Some are still facing charges. Amnesty International is demanding that the Mexican government investigate the crimes committed against these women by the police and hold the guilty accountable. The AIUSA staff and volunteers will be asking guests to sign petitions to Lic. Felipe De Jesus Calderon Hinojosa calling for an effective and impartial investigation into the torture, and federal criminal prosecution for those responsible.
The AIUSA staff will also be discussing their immigration report, focusing on immigrant detention. Attendees of the festival will have the opportunity to get involved in Amnesty International’s worldwide activism by signing petitions at the festival, as well as joining the Amnesty International movement as members.
On Saturday August 29th, The Colombian rock band Aterciopelados will close out the day by performing on behalf of Amnesty International USA. Aterciopelados speaks out on a myriad of issues ranging from political injustice to women’s rights and environmental causes.

martes, 9 de junio de 2009

Live Last Nigh

Aterciopelados: Live Last Nigh
Nature and environmental themes dominate "Rio,'' the latest album by eclectic Colombian band Aterciopelados. So it was fitting that the first few numbers the quintet played Thursday night at the State Theater just rippled pleasantly. Then singer-guitarist Andrea Echeverri shed her bulky white jacket, and the mood became livelier.

Aterciopelados ("the velvety ones'') didn't revisit the early '90s, when they played punk and hard rock. They didn't even allocate much time to their more recent forays into electro-lounge. The set emphasized the mode of "Rio'' -- jangly Latin folk-rock with rhythms that straddled from the Caribbean to the Andes. Songs began with synthesized burbles, Afro-Cuban syncopation or guitar fanfares in the styles of either Carlos Santana or the Edge. But such elements were soon absorbed into the loping whole, and overwhelmed by Echeverri's hearty, penetrating alto.

If such jaunty pop-rockers as "Bolero Falaz'' sounded more like Liverpool than Bogota, the dominant accent was still Latin, with a new tilt toward jazz. Andean pan flutes produced both traditional bird-like tones and free-jazz squawks, and such midtempo tunes as "Aguita'' showcased Echeverri's torch-singer potential.

"Aguita'' is actually a protest of the privatization of water resources, and Echeverri is known for political lyrics. The singer drew cheers when she adorned her guitar with a "No Mas'' sticker from a campaign targeting violence against women, and when she introduced "Cancion Protesta,'' a song the band remade for an Amnesty International project. Aterciopelados's music may sound more easygoing these days, but it's still pointed.



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