Art Music of the Day: Vereda Tropical as Done by Alondra de la Parra & Co.

Where’s the art music? In the orchestration. Therein lies the craft, the art. Orchestration is not something your neighborhood DJ or rock band is going to provide.

This is another example of the fusing of pop and art music. De la Parra, conductor of the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas in New York City, collaborates with three of Mexico’s most visible pop female singers; Lo Blondo of the group Hello Seahorse, Natalia Lafourcade and Ely Guerra on this track and on the new album Travieso Carmesí.

I’m reminded of another very fine version of Gonzalo Curiel’s Vereda Tropical, this one with a tropical orchestra, a mariachi and José Santana, the father of Carlos Santana singing. Incidentally, Carlos was a violinist before he picked up the guitar and learned the blues in Tijuana with Javier Bátiz.

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