Este Mundo

Este Mundo

by Rupa & the April FishesRupa & the April Fishes


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After a breakthrough debut with Extraordinary Rendition, San Francisco's Rupa Marya and her band of musical misfits returned in 2009 with Este Mundo, an album formed in ways around a more singular cultural core. The musicality of the group is without question -- the players jump into formation at the drop of a hat, and can alternately swing together or clash as they devolve into a frenzy of excited improvisation. There are still the elements of Gypsy jazz, the elements of Indian classical music, and the Argentinean milongas and tango pieces that were present in their previous album. However, there's a stronger tie both thematically and musically with Mexico here. The lyrics, largely in Spanish, deal strongly with the displacement and danger inherent in border-crossing, and the music takes on a casual norteño sound with its reliance on the accordion and bass. Even the pieces with a theoretical Andalusian or Argentinean pattern end with a bit of a country feel thanks to some violin playing that verges on fiddle territory. The group makes a point of social statement within its music, and showcases cultural diversity whenever possible. At times, the ethnic portions can seem a bit ill-fitted (and worse when a stray rapper is enlisted to juxtapose against more traditional fare), but the full album is a worthwhile one. Transitions from raga to klezmer to chanson are rarely so fluid. While the music's goals or directions may never be entirely understood, you can still enjoy the sound.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/27/2009
Label: Cumbancha
UPC: 0890846001152
catalogNumber: 15
Rank: 95223

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rupa & the April Fishes   Primary Artist
Ralph Carney   Baritone Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Guest Appearance
Boots Riley   Rap,Guest Appearance
Ara Anderson   Trumpet,Sousaphone,Pump Organ,Guest Appearance
Eliyahu Sills   Bansuri,Guest Appearance
Safa Shokrai   Electric Bass,Upright Bass
Isabel Douglass   Accordion,Bandoneon
Jorge Molina   Berimbau,Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Pablo Neruda   Composer
Oz Fritz   Engineer
Boots Riley   Composer,Lyricist
Rupa & the April Fishes   Arranger

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