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Meridian Brothers perform “Bomba Atómica” from their latest album “Meridian Brothers & El Grupo Renacimiento” during their performance on July 29 as part of Summer Sessions 2023, broadcast on Fridays Live.
About the concert:
Masterminded by Colombian multi-instrumentalist Eblis Álvarez, the Meridian Brothers project has gained a rapidly expanding following for it’s wildly inventive take on Colombia’s neo-tropicalista movement, described by The New York Times as “at once a psychedelic fever dream, a deep dive into salsa’s past, (and) a critique of society’s surrender to technology.”
Though the name suggests a familial collaboration, Meridian Brothers is solely the brainchild of Álvarez, who started it in 1998 as a self-released, cassette-only songwriting laboratory for which he played most, if not all, of the instruments.
Almost a decade later, the project became a performing band with the addition of a revolving cast of musicians and began playing the festival circuit throughout Latin America.
Álvarez has released a steady stream of recordings under the Meridian Brothers that blend traditional folkloric styles with experimental approaches, electronics, and modern rock influences, and his latest release for Ansonia Records, 2022’s Meridian Brothers & El Grupo Renacimiento, is a revelatory new chapter. For this release, Álvarez presents an invented collaboration between himself and a non-existent 1970s Colombian salsa band that had fallen on hard times and now makes a triumphant comeback, allowing the composer to freely experiment in a classic style and take his audience on an entrancing journey of imagination.
Eblis Álvarez: vocals, guitar
María Valencia: woodwinds, percussion, keyboards
Alejandro Forero: keyboards
César Quevedo: bass
Mauricio Ramírez: drums
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