Jorge De La Vega at Americas Society
Last week I attended the “Jorge De La Vega: El gusanito en persona” held at the Americas Society. The concert is one of many produced by the institution’s Music of the Americas Series. The concert, an immersive experience, was dedicated to singer-songwriter, Jorge De La Vega. The group who played utilized a diverse array of arrangements to fuse the sounds of modernity and antiquity. Sofia Rei, the singer, used her ethereal voice to incorporate sounds of Latin America to revamp the work of Jorge De La Vega. Joined by guitarist Juancho Herrera, percussionist Franco Pinna and bassist Bambam Rodriguez together they created a medley which redesigned many of De La Vega’s songs and added their own personal twists. Each artist, from a distinct part of South America represented the audience who not only included people of Hispanic background but also Americans and Europeans. The concert space which utilizes elements of its past life as an old mansion sets an ambience for audiences to explore the realms of Latin music.
As this concert was my first experience in the Americas Society space I am eager to attend future concerts where contemporary musicians put a twist on traditional music and bring to light the expansion of Latin American musicians globally.
Americas Society is located at 680 Park Avenue at 68th Street. Hunter students, staff, and faculty receive free admission to all public arts events at Americas Society. Click here for more information on Music of the Americas and Visual Arts at Americas Society.