Recent arrivals – Fernando Gonzalez review “El Gavilán”

El Gavilán, Sofia Rei featuring Marc Ribot (Cascabelera) Argentine vocalist, songwriter and producer Sofia Rei´s tribute to Chilean singer – songwriter Violeta Parra, who would have been 100 next October, is an inspired celebration of the folklorist as innovator.

 

In El Gavilán, Rei re-imagines some of Parra’s classics ( “Run Run se fue pa’l Norte,” “Maldigo del Alto Cielo,””Casamiento de Negros” ) and puts a spotlight on one of her under appreciated pieces (the title track) by setting them in an often stark, minimalist, electronic landscape built on electric guitars, vocal loops and electronic effects. Folk music for the 21st Century.

 

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