Fusicologist on October 9, 2012with 0 comments
ALEX CUBA ADDS KEY U.S. CITIES TO FALL TOUR
Shows Will Feature Material from Ruido en el Sistema, the Follow-up to Alex Cuba, Which Won Him the Latin Grammy for Best New Artist and a Grammy Nomination for Best Latin Pop Album Alex Cuba has added a string of November dates, including SOBs in New York, to the fall tour supporting Ruidoen el Sistema (October 9, Caracol Records). These additional shows will follow several European performances with the Colombian rock superstar Juanes. Ruido en el Sistema is the follow up to the self-titled album that won him the Latin Grammy for Best New Artist, a Grammy nomination for Best Latin Pop Album, and a heap of critical acclaim. Please see below for antinerary of confirmed shows.
Ruido en el Sistema perfectly reveals Cuba’s artistry, a mix of styles—including rock, pop and funk—he calls “Latin soul.” To be sure, “Latin music” only partially describes his work, which has garnered him at least as many native Anglo as Latino fans, and which began to evolve after he had spent years studying and performing jazz and Cuban music.
Cuba made the new album with producer Joby Baker, who has played a key role in Cuba developing his sound, having produced Alex Cuba in 2009 and, before it, Agua del Pozo in 2007. They recorded Ruido en el Sistema at Baker Studios Ltd. in Victoria, BC and the legendary Egrem Studio 101 in Havana, Cuba.
The first Spanish-language single, “Eres Tu,” was released on August 7, following the release of the English-language version, “Are You,” this past April. The song epitomizes the Alex Cuba signature: rock guitar; an extraordinary knack for melody, pop hooks, rhythm and vocal phrasing; and balance of edge with hopefulness and spirituality. Cuba’s longtime collaborator Nelly Furtado is featured on the uptempo pop-rocker “Nadie Como Tu,” taking turns singing verses, and contributing harmonies on the choruses. Navigating more acoustic arrangements, such as the title track and “Por Donde Vas,” and the vastly dynamic “Suspiro en Falsete,” the album is just that: an album, which coheres as a single work from start to finish.
With exceptional artistic integrity and independence, Cuba has achieved a remarkable level of success. He makes a genre- and nationality-defying music, runs his own record label from a town 14 hours outside Vancouver, and has been equally, and increasingly, acclaimed by English- and Spanish-language media. His self-titled 2010 release received an NPR First Listen feature, an “Album Of The Week” feature at Jazz FM UK, a KCRW Today’s Top Tune download and airplay on BBC Radio’s “Paul Miller Soul Show,” in addition to reaching the #1 spot on iTunes’ Alternativo/Rock Latino chart.
October 7 Minneapolis, MN – Dakota Jazz Club
October 8 Grand Rapids, MI – WYCE Hat Trick Concert Series
October 9 Chicago, IL – City Winery
October 11 Philadelphia, PA – Tin Angel
October 12 Hoboken, NJ – Maxwell’s
October 13 Vienna, VA – Jammin Java
October 14 Raleigh, NC – Berkeley Café
October 16 Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbits
October 17 Orlando, FL – The Social
October 18 Atlanta, GA – Vinyl
October 20 Los Angeles, CA – The Mint
October 21 San Diego, CA – The Casbah
October 23 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
October 25 Victoria, BC – McPherson Playhouse
October 27 Paris, France – Le Trianon (Support for Juanes)
October 29 Brussels, Belgium – Koninklijk Circus (Support for Juanes)
October 30 Luxembourg – Den Atelier (Support for Juanes)
November 2 Ottawa, ON – NAC Studio
November 3 Ottawa, ON – NAC Studio
November 4 Burnstown, ON – Neat Cafe
November 7 New York, NY – SOBs
November 9 Toronto, ON – Koerner Hall
November 10 Peterborough, ON – Market Hall
November 12 Nashville, TN – The Basement
November 13 Birmingham, AL – The Nick
November 14 Memphis, TN – Hard Rock Café
November 16 Houston, TX – McGonigel’s Mucky Duck
November 17 New Orleans, LA – Howlin Wolf’s Den
November 18 Austin, TX – Cactus Cafe
November 19 Dallas, TX – The Prophet Bar
ALBUM SNIPPETS (click on video play buttons):
Alex Cuba-Ruido En El Sistema (album snippets)
STORY BEHIND THE ALBUM ARTWORK
Alex Cuba revela el cover de su nuevo disco RUIDO EN EL SISTEMA.
|(Are You. Lyric video)**|
Alex Cuba – Eres Tu –
LIVE PERFORMANCES AND INTERVIEWS:
“When it comes to creativity, I need to go to places I’ve never been before,” he says. With the wanderlust of a world traveler, the Cuban-Canadian singer-songwriter explores new sonic spaces on Ruido En El Sistema / Static in the System. Following the compass points of rock, soul, pop, and Latin-funk on his fourth album, Cuba continues his journey as a critically acclaimed independent artist who’s charted his own destiny across the world stage while earning a growing legion of devoted listeners at each new juncture. READ FULL BIO