Paul Gauguin: Paris, 1889
Gauguin made several journeys to “primitive” islands, first in the Caribbean and then the Pacific Islands. His purpose was “to escape European civilization and everything that is artificial and conventional.” Two concerts explore the theme of the artist as itinerant from various angles. Paul Gauguin: Paris, 1889 runs October 4, 2009 through January 18, 2010.
"This music is an extraordinary listening experience.”
“Afro-Latin roots music at its best: passionate, brisk, and, coming from an all-but-forgotten octogenarian, delightfully unexpected.” –NPR's All Things Considered
Puerto Plata’s sweet, nostalgic voice is laced with the kind of wisdom that’s reminiscent of the late Ibrahim Ferrer (Buena Vista Social Club). At age 85, the Dominican master is as charismatic and vigorous as ever. He plays the guitar and sings the arresting Dominican sones, boleros, and merengues in a voice that has seen its share of romance and trouble. An heir to an unbroken native son tradition, Puerto Plata offers a taste of the living music of the great soneros, a time when presumably Gauguin first visited the Caribbean Islands. $34, CMA members $33.
Jose Cobles (Puerto Plata), vocals
Frank Mendez, lead guitar
Augusto Santos, rhythm guitar
Samuel Paredes, bass
Randy Alejo, percussion
Roberto Santos, percussion