Navigating between tradition and the desire to explore “the thousand colors of Latin American songwriter music,” Alex Ferreira presents a new collection of songs in the album TANDA. TANDA highlights a sampling of Ferreira’s creativity, brought to life through inspired sounds like Caribbean afrobeat, jazzy boleros and nu-Bachata and merengue with his visionary tropicalismo in between.
TANDA reflects Alex’s passion for music beyond its surface while the name alludes to its spoken sound, like “two syllables echoing from hands on a drum, the cha-ka of seeds shaking inside a gourd, the step of bare feet on a wooden floor, or the familiar call of a name from another room in the house.” Alex recorded TANDA at El Desierto Casa-Estudio in Mexico City, with an array of special guests including Silvana Estrada, Jose Andres Marquez, Roberto Verastegui, Diego Franco and Laura Itandehui. Ferreira also made his way back to Dominicana to record Otoniel Nicolas for the songs, “La Vida Es Un Chin,” and “Paripe,” since he is a master of Afro-Antillean percussion. The album was produced by Gustavo Guerrero and Matías Cella.
The album is also a special reflection of Alex’s love for home, for surrounding himself with all those things that bring back that feeling, no matter his physical location. This album is so at home that his mother even makes an appearance sharing her voice and recipes on two of the tracks, “Majo Ajo,” and “Colorante Puro.”
This evening, Wednesday, March 3, 2021, tune in for an in español conversation with Alex Ferreira on the program Entre Sonidos y Almas, broadcasting on Lumpen Radio 105.5FM WLPN at 7:00 p.m. CST.
About Alex Ferreira
“Born in the Dominican Republic, he moved to the United States a few years later. As a young man he left for Spain in search of new music and spent ten years in the Old Continent making roads, playing with musicians like Jorge Drexler. He then moved to Mexico, where he currently resides.
“More and more, the music I make has the freedom to merge cultures,” says the author, who believes that “the house is not about a place,” but that the house is sometimes a person, an idea or the family. It does not necessarily have to be a place made of concrete, with a roof.
This absolutely elementary and at the same time universal way of understanding home that the artist has is also the way he understands the song format: as a delicious concoction of sensations, musical preferences, travels and flavors.
In 2010 he released the first of his five albums and in 2018 he was nominated for a Latin Grammy for “Best New Artist”. In these years of travel, the musician has collaborated and shared the stage with artists such as Fito Paez, Jorge Drexler, Lisandro Aristimuño, Natalia Lafourcade, Ximena Sariñana, Russian Red and Xoel Lopez, among others.
Alex Ferreira unwittingly dictates us some keys to the recipe of a universal troubadour, a singer-songwriter who remakes the very concept of singer-songwriter, a singer who makes borders and musical traditions liquid, who turns listening to his music into a direct road to a home called the world.”
produced by GUSTAVO GUERRERO, MATÍAS CELLA and ALEX FERREIRA.
all songs written by ALEX FERREIRA — except “PLAYA MADAMA” written by ALEX FERREIRA and AUGUSTO BRACHO.
ALEX FERREIRA, vocals, acoustic guitar and bass; ROBERTO VERÁSTEGUI, all kinds of keys; JOSÉ ANDRÉS MÁRQUEZ, drums
and percussion; GUSTAVO GUERRERO, bass, calabaza, backing vocals, acoustic, electric and 12 string guitar; MATÍAS CELLA,
electric guitar, keys, bass and backing vocals.
with guest appearances by: CÉSAR PACHECO, percussions; OTONIEL NICOLÁS, the Dominican grease (bongó, tambora and güira);
SILVANA ESTRADA and LAURA ITANDEHUI, backing vocals; DIEGO FRANCO, tenor sax; CARLOS VARELA, bass; CHRISTIAN
TERÁN, sax — (all participating musicians contributed to the musical arrangements).
with additional contributions from: JEANNETTE PEGUERO, recipes; MISCO JONES, additional production and EDWIN ERAZO,
recorded at El Desierto Casa-Estudio (Mexico City, Mexico) by DANIEL BITRÁN; additional engineering by JC VERTTI with the
assistance of ROLADO ALATORRE.
percussions in “PARIPÉ” and bass and percussions in “LA VIDA ES UN CHIN” recorded at Terranota (Santo Domingo, República
Dominicana) by JV OLIVIER.
mixed in Romaphonic (Buenos Aires, Argentina) by MATÍAS CELLA.
mastered in Lacquer Channel (Toronto, Canada) by NOAH MINTZ.
executive and artistic production, art direction, design and management by EDWIN ERAZO.