Text: José Miguel Vera.
There have been other crisis that have affected the music sector, but none as deep as that derived from the pandemic. Especially when it comes to live music. As the area of recordings and music production continue to develop, what is perhaps the most important part, that of live music, is mortally wounded.
The list of festivals postponed to 2021 is endless. The model of large flows in large spaces is incompatible with the current measures required. Small and medium-sized rooms also do not find the balance between restrictions and prohibitions that make their business model unfeasible. The paid streaming solution does not seem to work in this sector.
The strength of an industry that encompasses all the parts involved in the realization of concerts and festivals is facing its being or not being. The vaccine against COVID-19 may allow us to experience the Festivals of Dystopia in the near future.
The Gibb Brothers songbook, vol. 1: “Greenfields”
“Greenfields” is a Barry Gibb album. A longtime fan of bluegrass and country music, he had long dreamed of a project that would bring together some of the artists he most admires. Now it finally comes true with the help of producer Dave Cobb.
Release date: January 8
Pablo Alborán: “Vértigo”
“Vertigo” is the title of the fifth album by Pablo Alborán. Recorded between Miami and Madrid, Pablo has also co-produced several songs, two with Fede Vindver (Nathy Peluso, Ricky Martin). More collaborations: the guitars of Lolo Álvarez and the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.
Release date: December 11
Instituto Mexicano del Sonido: “Distrito federal”
It is Camilo’s love letter to his city, with collaborations with Dan The Automator from Gorillaz or Graham Coxon from Blur, as well as Sergio Mendoza, Duckwrth, BIA, Cuco, Banda Misteriosa and La Perla de Colombia. With God as a single advance. Continues “My America is not your America”.
Release date: January 29
Niño de Elche: “La distancia entre el barro y la electrónica. Siete diferencias valdelomarianas”
It is published as one aspect of an artistic project whose fundamental component is the sound installation exhibited at the Reina Sofía, and “are expressions derived from the research that he has been able to carry out on sound legacy of the experimental artist Val Del Omar”.
Release date: December 11
Ruth Lorenzo: “Crisálida”
“Crisálida” is Ruth Lorenzo’s third album. Inspired by the process of darkness upon personal rebirth. A space without outside noise where you recognize your identity. With lyrics, guitar and voice directed by the artist herself, who participates in the arrangements and production.
Release date: first semester of 2021.
A duets album featuring a selection of his most beloved collaborations: Rai Cheb Mami, Eric Clapton, Shaggy, Mary J. Blige, Herbie Hancock, Annie Lennox, Charles Aznavour, Mylène Farmer, Melody Gardot and Gashi among others. It includes the unreleased song “September” with Zucchero.
Release date: November 27
Andrew Norman: “Sustain”
Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic present the world premiere of Andrew Norman’s recording “Sustain”. This recording won Best Orchestral Performance at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards, and “Sustain” was a 2019 Pulitzer Prize Music Finalist.
Hauser: “The Nutcracker Suite”
Includes some of the most beloved classical tunes ever written, handpicked by Hauser who has also created arrangements for each one. Hauser continues to present his new album “Classic” with magnificent videos: “Swan Lake”, “River Flows in You”, “Nessun Dorma” and “Air on a G String”.
Cecilia Bartoli: “Queen of Baroque”
In “Queen of Baroque”, the Italian mezzo-soprano abandons the monographic format and takes up the compilation recital. It will include operatic arias from the 17th and 18th centuries, as well as two unreleased recordings of forgotten jewels by composers Leonardo Vinci and Agostino Steffani.
Release date. December 4, 2020