José María Vitier and Martirio
El Aire que te Rodea (Sony Music, 2011)
Cuiban pianist and popular Spanish singer Martirio join forces on El Aire que te Rodea, an intimate album dedicated to Iberoamerican poetry. Martirio is one of Spain’s most popular singers. She revolutionized the old time Spanish copla by incorporating contemporary elements, jazz and Latin American rhythms. José María Vitier is a renowned pianist and composer.
The two artists met in 2002 when Jose Maria Vitier asked Martirio to sing a poem by Federico Garcia Lorca for one of his albums. They became friends and talked about a full album together. The result is El Aire que te Rodea which combines memorable songs with jazz, boleros, tango, classical music and Flamenco stylings.
El Aire que te Rodea contains 13 poems set to music by Vitier. Poets include Garcia Lorca, Gabriela Mistral, Calderon de la Barca, San Juan de la Cruz, Ernesto Cardenal, Ruben Dario and Vitier himself, as well as his mother Fina Garcia-Marruz.
Maribel Quiñones began her artistic career in 1981 in the Andalusian folk group Jarcha. She left the group and created Martirio (Torment), her new musical identity. She quickly attracted the attention of the media and music fans for her big “peinetas” (Spanish traditional decorative hair combs), her dark glasses and her dresses that combine folklore and postmodernism.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.