Israel Varela
Frida en Silencio
Forward Music Italy, 2021, 2021

July 21, 2021

Israel Varela‘s new album is a tribute to Frieda Kalo.

Frida en Silencio, the new album by Mexican composer, drummer, vocalist, and producer Israel Varela, was released last week for Forward Music Italy. The South American artist has set to music the letters that Frida Kahlo wrote to her husband Diego Rivera. It features many prestigious musicians including Shai Maestro, Rita Marcotulli, Ben Wendel, Nguyen Le, Michel Benita, Julian Heredia, Humberto Flores, Luis Villalobos , Rudyck Vidal and Serena Brancale.

The album begins with “Veo Horizontes”, a particularly evocative and nocturnal song and an excellent synthesis of the record’s themes. The tone of the music is generally melancholic but as in “Espejo de la Noche”, it sometimes take on a pop flavor. In other cases you’ll find fusion such as in “Autorretrato” and “Colores de Tayen”); there is a folk feel to “Ausencia de Ti”; and a classical motif to “Flores”. The group of musicians involved is amazing and makes arrangements and performances even more interesting, “Huyo” and “El Venadito” being perfect examples of their genius. Particularly successful and significant are “Silence” with the excellent vocalist Serena Brancale and the touching ballad “Azul”.

Frida en Silencio is a successful, touching, melancholic and intense tribute; a record that features some of the best musicians in the world collaborating with surprising and fascinating results.




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