Havana, Feb 13 (Prensa Latina) Popularly known as ”La Musicalísima”, Cuban singer and composer Beatriz Márquez opens 2017 with the launch of an album of duets with 12 male trova musicians and singer songwriters.
Released on the Producciones Abdala S.A. Unicornio Record Label, ‘Mis duetos’ (My Duets) features the famous Cuban musicians Silvio Rodríguez, Pablo Milanés, Juan Formell, Vicente Rojas, Descemer Bueno, Leoni Torres, Waldo Mendoza, Amaury Pérez, Gerardo Alfonso, Raúl Torres, Israel Rojas and Pablo FG.
The artist told The Havana Reporter, the recording had been a complex endeavor because she had to adjust her voice to different styles and tessitura.
‘It was both rewarding and unusual because — although I have sang certain duets throughout my career — I had never undertaken a project of this magnitude’.
Famous for hits like Espontáneamente, Pólvora mojada and Como cada mañana, the artist added that her musical arranger and producer Juan Manuel Ceruto had suggested the idea of duets with male singers performing some of their best loved numbers.
The disc includes among others favorites, songs like Para vivir (Pablo Milanés), Requiem (Silvio Rodríguez), Quién (Waldo Mendoza), Candil de nieve (Raúl Torres), Caricias (Amaury Pérez), Tú y yo (Descemer Bueno) and Este amor (Juan Formell).
Beatriz explained that Ceruto’s arrangements add a modern twist to traditional danzón, bachata, bossanova, ballads, rock and flamenco themes by fusing them with other contemporary music styles.
Mis Duetos follows her double 2014 Cubadisco award winning Espontáneamente album, recorded at Abdala record’s studio number one. In November this year ‘La Musicalisima’ will celebrate 50 years of performances by recalling her first steps as singer with the pop band Los Barbas band back in 1967.
A pianist, singer and composer, Beatriz Márquez Castro (Havana, 1952) is a daughter of the prestigious composer and singer René Márquez.
In 2015 she was awarded the National Music Lifetime Achievement Award.
Pedro Quiroga, mh/ir/pq