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Dance to the rhythms, sway to the melodies, and meet Tito Puente, Memo Acevedo and other acclaimed personalities of the Latin music scene in this scintillating DVD performance documentary. Celebrating the rich musical traditions and cultures of diverse Latin America countries, this DVD pays tribute to the accomplished Latin musicians who maintain their cultural identity as they live their individual stories after their Diaspora to Canada.
Through a series of eleven full-length concert performances, as well as rehearsals and interviews with influential artists such as Hagood Hardy, we witness the creative process and the musical results, complemented by a behind-the-scenes look at the reality of the daily lives of this unique group of dedicated musicians spanning Latin American countries such as Mexico, Peru, Uruguay, Brazil, Columbia, Argentina, Puerto Rico, and Ecuador. Salsa, Cumbia, Merengue, Jazz, Brazilian Bossa Nova and Samba, Tango, Canto Nuevo and indigenous folk music (from the depths of the Andean mountains) all shine brightly in this stylishly filmed documentary, covering the spectrum of Latin American music.
Award-winning Filmmaker Anthony Azzopordi takes us backstage at the nightclubs, coffee houses and concert halls to show the powerful rhythms and the cool, seductive melodies of the music. Now living in North America, the music and the film showcase the hopes, the politics, and the promise of their new life while struggling to maintain the musical tradition and native cultures of their homelands.
Song Selections include (not listed in order):
Tito Puente: El Rey Del Timbal
Ramiro's Latin Orchestra: Latinada
Banda Brava: Hoy Vide el Recuerdo
Nazka: Coplas del Cantaclaro
Onda Latina: A Mi Que Me Importa
Dario Domingues: 111 Rivers
Memo Acevedo's Latin Jazz Quintet: Morocco
Romulo Larrea's Tango Ensemble: Preparense
Hugo Torres: The Three Lands
DVD BONUS FEATURES:
Extensive Information on Latin American Music Genres
Digitally Mastered Audio & Video
Digital Dolby Stereo Audio
Instant Access to Performances & Scenes
About the Director... Malta born Anthony Azzopardi graduated from New York University in 1976, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with honors. He majored in theater and film direction. Thereafter, he formed his own independent production company, Theatre Impressions, where Azzopardi produced and directed productions wherever he could. After deciding that his real interest was film, he signed on to associate-produce Surfacing, a film adaptation of the Margaret Atwood novel. But it wasn't until 3 films later, in 1984, that Azzoparidi's career took off when he produced a documentary style biography about Canadian native, symphony conductor, John Kim Bell.
Besides finally achieving critical success, Azzopardi now found himself on the film map. His works include acclaimed trilogy Making Opera, Making Ballet and Making Theater and Strindberg & His Women.