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.”

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

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