Juancho Herrera explores the nature of conflict in different contexts in this new release, "El Mismo Sol"
From the political to the personal, from the turmoil of the Middle East to the streets of his native Venezuela, Herrera applies his stamp of South American "soul" to convey a deeply rooted conviction that only through dialog, acceptance and inclusion can these challenges be addressed.
Humor, directness, and poetry inform the lyrics and the urbane, blues-infused sound is achieved through the familiarity created by the collaboration with long time partners Yayo Serka (Lila Downs) on drums, Ben Zwerin (Angelique Kidjo) on bass, and Rafi Malkiel on Trombone.
In contrast with previous releases by Herrera, El Mismo Sol, (produced by Herrera, Serka and Zwerin), has a “band” feel to it.
Arranged as a group and recorded with minimal personnel, this new music reflects what the group sounds like in live performances.
Strong, direct, soulful, and, sometimes raw, this new collection of songs never departs from the South American musical realm. Rhythms such as Venezuelan Merengue or Peruvian Festejo coexist with a heavier blues sound invoking a new character within these traditions.
released June 16, 2015
All songs written by Juancho Herrera
© 2015 Lagartcho Music/ASCAP, Zwerin Music/ASCAP
Produced and arranged by Juancho Herrera, Ben Zwerin and Yayo Serka
Recorded by Albert Leusink at “A Bloody Good Record” in LIC New York
Additional recording by Ben Zwerin and Juancho Herrera at
“Ben Zwerin Productions” and Juancho’s studio in NYC
Mixed and mastered by Fernando Aponte at Playa Larga
Photography by Miguelangel Yabrudes and Daniel Herrera
Graphic design by Miguelangel Yabrudes
-Juancho Herrera: vocals, acoustic guitars, electric guitars and cuatro
-Rafi Malkiel: trombone on 1, 3, 4
-Ben Zwerin: bass, background vocals on 3
-Yayo Serka: drums, cajon, bombo legüero, congas, campana, tambourine and shells
-Nikolett Pankovits: background vocals on 5
Ben, Yayo, Rafi, Niki, Fernando, Albert, Lukout, and Miguelangel
Special thanks from Yayo, Ben and Juancho to all our friends and families
Also thanks to:
Franco Pinna, Alex Alvear, Ricky Rodriguez, Dana Leong, Bambam Rodriguez and Raul Molina for giving their love and talent to this music
To Nikolett Pankovits for your support, love and understanding
Juancho uses Godin and Gibson guitars
Yayo Serka uses Istanbul Agop cymbals
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