Las Rubias del Norte
Las Rubias del Norte (The Blondes of the North) was born seven years ago, when Allyssa Lamb and Emily Hurst decided to quit their classical choir and start a group of their own. The band mixes musicians from the US, France and Colombia who all look back to the Latin motherland most of them never had. The group’s sound quickly veered off its classical course, incorporating boleros, Peruvian waltzes, Andean huaynos and Cuban guajiras. The result plays like a dreamy soundtrack with classical harmonies set to a Latin beat. Their first release, Rumba Internationale (Barbes records), features songs written by Margarita Lecuona (of Tabu and Babalu fame), W.A. Mozart and The Sons of the Pioneers, as well as selections previously interpreted (or "borrowed") by artists as varied as Nat King Cole, Los Panchos, Edith Piaf, and Abba. Their sophomore album Panamericana, described as a "sparkling gem" by the New Yorker, draws its inspiration from all across the Americas, and lets cha-cha-cha and boleros mix with classical harmonies and cowboy music. Las Rubias' new album Ziguala is due out on March 9th on barbès Records. The album includes latinate renditions of Bollywood, Rembetika, Opera, Venezuelan, Ecuadorian and Neapolitan folklore, classic Mexican songs, Tex Mex repertoire, Cumbia, Chicha, a Spanish pop gem and a rarely performed Kurt Weill French song.
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This activity is made possible in part by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature from the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008, and a grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation Minnesota.