Raul Midón; Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Wednesday, July 24
“…beyond any category…” – Huffington Post
A New Mexico native turned New Yorker, guitarist Raul Midón brings more than just his six-string skills to Kuumbwa. He also comes equipped with a soulful tenor voice and improvisational mouth ‘horn’ technique in which he mimics trumpet lines. His work with Joni Mitchell, Herbie Hancock, Bill Withers and Peter Gabriel has exposed Midón to a wide audience, enthralled by his mash up of soul, pop, jazz, folk, and Latin elements. Midón has just released Invisible Chains, which was recorded live at Joe’s Pub in Manhattan.
After giving up a lucrative career as a background singer for Latin pop stars such as Shakira, Alejandro Sanz and Jose Feliciano, he dedicated himself to honing a highly personal repertoire that draws on jazz, soul, flamenco, Latin and West African influences. His solo career was jumpstarted after he received a standing ovation on the Late Show with David Letterman and having been offered an open invitation to the Tonight Show, after his performance impressed host Jay Leno. Midon has since been busy shaping his rapidly growing solo career, starting with the release of his 2005 debut album, State of Mind.
Soaking up invaluable experience by performing with bass giant Marcus Miller, recording with legendary pianist Herbie Hancock and filming with soul icon Bill Withers, Midon has become a top-tier collaborator. Blind from birth due to an incubator mishap, he has also pioneered making the recording of music more accessible to the blind. He has designed and built a home studio with a company called Dancing Dots, which designs technology specifically for use by the blind.
All of Midon’s major label releases (State of Mind, A World Within A World, Synthesis and the new Invisible Chains) mark new chapters in his continually growing musical prowess. With his broad assortment of collaborations and stellar discography, People Magazine has called him an “eclectic adventurist” and Guitar Magazine has described Midon as “one of those rare musical forces that reminds us how strong and deep the connection between man and music can sometimes be.”
DATE: Wednesday, July 24, 2013
PLACE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIMES: 7:30 PM
PRICE: $25/Adv $28/Door, No Comps
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at: http://www.kuumbwajazz.org
MORE INFO: http://www.kuumbwajazz.org or 831-427-2227
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