The Latin GRAMMY® Awards, on Sept. 25, has announced this year’s nominees with Paquito D’Rivera receiving a nomination for Best Instrumental Album "Día y Medio" with extraordinary guitarist, Berta Rojas.
"Día y Medio" or "A Day and a Half" comprises 12 tracks, many by Paraguayan composer Agustín Pío Barrios Mangoré. You can find the album dedicated to Paraguay on iTunes and Amazon.
The XIII Annual Latin GRAMMY® Awards will air on November 15, 2012 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, NV, broadcast live on the Univision Network from 8:00 – 11:00 p.m. ET/PT (7:00 p.m. Central).
Photo by Jermaine Cruickshank – Trinidad Express Newspaper
Two reviews of the concert on Sept. 16 at Queens Hall, Port-of-Spain in Trinidad.
The tour "In the Footsteps of Mangore" with Berta Rojas continues throughout the Americas with Honduras and Costa Rica this week. See the full schedule.
Travis Rogers, Jr., posted a wonderful review on JazzTimes.com of Dia y Medio, a joint venture of Paquito D’Rivera and Paraguayan guitarist Berta Rojas.
"To have a musician of D’Rivera’s performing and composing skills alongside Rojas’ dedication to her homeland makes for a moving and enlightening journey into Paraguay. Hers is the old love of home and his is the new love of a captivated traveler."
Full review from JazzTimes.com.
Read further about Dia y Medio on paquitodrivera.com including track information.
On June 30 and July 1, Paquito D’Rivera will perform live with Jose Limon Dance Company the world premiere of “Come With Me” inspired by the original work “Ladies in White”. The work was commissioned by Jose Limon Dance Company and choreographed by Rodrigo Pederneiras of Brazil’s Grupo Corpo.
Performances will be held at SummerStage in Central Park both nights at 8:00 pm.
Heard on June 14 in the Academy of Music, Philadelphia, Opera America presented “New Works Sampler” with performers from the Curtis Institute of Music, to attendees of the 2012 conference. Among those presented included arias from Paquito D’Rivera’s opera “Cecilio Valdés, King of Havana” represented by Boosey and Hawkes. The full opera is not yet complete. Full article about the performance on Opera Pulse.