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City of Dreams

Artist: David Gonzalez
David Gonzalez - City of Dreams CD
Label: Laughing Horse
Regular Price: $14.95
On Sale For: $7.48 
Year: 2002
Format: CD


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A spoken word/Latin jazz rhythm-n-soul fest with Bobby Sanabria, Oliver Lake, Lisa Sokolov and Yomo Toro.

The Poetic License Band lays down a feast of grooves, from Afro-Cuban and sacred Yoruba chants to modern jazz and mambo-flavored house. The band also features Daniel Kelly on keyboards and electronics, Carlos Henriquez on bass, Mac Gollehon on trumpet and John DiMartino on piano. Gonzalez rounds out the sound on jazz guitar. Multimedia is by Casey Meade, filmmaker, video artist and founder of Projectile Arts.

Reviewing the album upon which this performance is based, Martin Wisckol wrote in The Orange County Register, “This poetry-meets-Latin-jazz outing is rich, inspired and wonderfully evocative, delivering the best of the genres it touches while avoiding potholes common to spoken-word and music efforts...The band percolates easily, steadily, from swing to funk to rhumba, complementing the words while ranging from background textures to urgent, surging, frontline dramas.”

Gonzalez's salute is not to the pure-blooded, but to the glorious mixture of heritages which is claimed by most people. To him, part of being human in the modern City is the discovery and celebration of one's identity and learning how to let that go in order to “be in the now.”

For a taste of the upcoming show, imagine what the CD's liner notes call “a savory baritone voice intoning the melody, mood and rhythm of the City of Dreams, accompanied by an adventurous Latin Jazz Score,” proclaiming:

Welcome to New York, City of Dreams, the city that never sleeps won't bat an eye lest we miss the minor miracles that guide us through the cyber-streaming matrix, and plain simple living of our here and now. Welcome to New York, the magnificent location of our mortal unwinding.

David Gonzalez hosted New York Kids on WNYC, New York public radio, for eight seasons. He has performed his “poetic musical revelations” at the New Victory Theater, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Central Park SummerStage, and Aaron Davis Hall. Gonzalez's most recent projects include a multi-media opera, “The Secret Of The Ceiba Tree” (Cleveland Playhouse Square) and “The Frog Bride,” featuring the music of Prokofiev and the art of Kandinsky (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art).

Now, his poems and stories explore the quest for cultural identity and document his personal odyssey. His work is heavily informed by the rich world of story and myth. His poetry has been featured on Bill Moyers' PBS documentary “Fooling with Words,” NPR's “All Things Considered” and PRI's “Studio 360.”

David Gonzalez featuring Bobby Sanabria, Oliver Lake, Lisa Sokolov and Yomo Toro.
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