Had first heard of Molina’s music via my favorite radio program RadioLab (big Molina fan, Abumrad is). Her background, for those of you not familiar with her, is in comedy. She’d been a huge star in Argentina until deciding to move over to making music in 1996. It’s a ballsy move, and a lesson to take no matter what tradition or occupation you come from, to make a switch like that. She talks about the initial reaction her audience had when she’d started out.
Obviously the sampling makes and shapes her sound a lot, but I was curious to see how she builds it up live. There was no fanfare, no flashy intro, and no droning music cues (not such a bad thing though). She simply came onstage, said hi and started her set with Un Dia, accompanied by a bassist and a drummer. It looked like she was surrounded by a small island made of pedals and effect boxes. She’d add layer upon layer of phrases to build a song (there may have been a crescendo or two involved). It’s quite hypnotic. Perhaps being in the park, out in the open, gives the music an extra air of soothing loopness. It was, unusual for July, a beautiful chill night, but they both complemented each other.
Molina’s Central Park Summerstage appearance is part of the Latin Alternative Music Conference, happening in town from July 7-11. The roster of artists is diverse (and alternative, as promised) and the series of shows scheduled in the next few days should bring some of you some happiness.
Molina is on tour with her 5th album, Un Dia.
Juana Molina: Site + MySpace + Albums & MP3s + Videos
Follow @CPSummerstage on Twitter for concert details +updates. The next LAMC gig at CP is Calle 13 (Sat 11th).
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