Haciendo Punto en Otro Son: 35 Years of Song

In Puerto Rico, leading singer Andy Montañez will perform at the opening of the concert where Haciendo Punto en Otro Son will celebrate 35 years since its founding. An important part of the concert will be a tribute to the late singer-songwriter and founding member Tony Croatto. His son, Alejandro Croatto will be present as a guest artist, as well as urban poet and hip-hop performer Medina Carrión, singer Victoria Sanabria, and guitarist Pancho Irizarry. This concert, Haciendo Punto en Otro Son: 35 años . . . y todavía cantamos [Haciendo Punto en Otro Son: 35 Years . . . and We Still Sing] will take place on Saturday, November 6, at 8:30 pm at the Center for Fine Arts in Santurce. On Sunday, November 7, 2010, from 5:00 to 7:00pm, they will perform at the Center for Fine Arts in Caguas in a gala to benefit the political group Movimiento Unión Soberanista.

For Silverio Pérez, member and founder of the group with Irvin García and Josy Latorre, underlines the importance of celebrating the group’s continuity to show the importance of “making art that transcends, precisely at a time [. . .] when everything seems irrelevant” adding that “having a group that continues working and still has relevance after 35 years is in itself a celebration of what transcends [time].” Vocalist Latorre recalls that the group had a hiatus between 1986 and1992, after successfully placing “la nueva canción boricua” [the new Puerto Rican song, part of Latin America’s nueva canción movement and similar to Cuba’s nueva trova school] but after that, members continued working together for 18 more years. For her, celebrating the 35th anniversary also celebrates “a point of convergence of many things, our lives, what is happening in the country.”

In October 1975, the group performed for the first time in the Café Teatro La Tea, which was located at Sol Street in Old San Juan. Since then, 25 people—including Nano Cabrera, Millito Cruz, Iván González, Pedrito Guzmán, Nena Rivera, and José Vega (Remi)—have been part of the Haciendo Punto en Otro Son family. In November’s concert, they will include time-tested hits such “La vida campesina” [The Peasant Life], “Ensillando mi caballo” [Saddling My Horse], “Verde luz” [Green light], and “La muralla” [The Wall], as well as new songs by various authors and representing different styles, including batucada, samba, and rock elements.

For full article (in Spanish), see http://www.vocero.com/escenario/musica/16287.html

To read more on the new song movement, see http://www.folkways.si.edu/explore_folkways/la_nueva.aspx

Photo of Tony Croatto from http://www.last.fm/music/Tony+Croatto

2 thoughts on “Haciendo Punto en Otro Son: 35 Years of Song

  1. As a Puerto Rican born in Arecibo,raised in NYC. Am so proud of the talented folk singers of “Haciendo punto”.. for the quality and fervor in their singing..

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