The world music duo Correo Aereo made up of Abel Rocha & Madeleine Sosin performs traditional music of Venezuela, Mexico, Argentina, and Peru. Here's what others have said about this CD:
'Lo Que Me Dijo El Viento'
"This is what the wind told me, starting with the acoustic insistence of Abel Rocha's "Cuatrapeado" and heart-tugging vulnerabilty of "Golpes Tocuyanos" to the sawing, strumming "El Caimán" and delicately dancing beauty of "Carnaval." Rocha and Madeline Sosin's embrace on the tragic "La Mariquita," the funereal beat of Rocha's "De Mis Memorias," and lastly, the playful strum and teasing palmas handshake of "Camaguán." Lo Que Me Dijo El Viento. This is what the wind told me."
"I liked [their] arrangements and the way they know what to leave out and what are the bare essentials to make the song, in whatever style they are playing, work. Abel, who plays the harp and the huapanguera as well as sings, is amazing."
"Remarkable fact is that Abel's compositions Cuatrapeado and the very moving De Mis Memorias blend so well with the traditionals.... Traditional and contemporary at the same time, but most of all beautiful, very beautiful."
RootsTown Music Review, BELGIUM
"Within the first three of the 15 songs on the CD this duo's dexterity shines through. In "Cuatrapeado,'' Rocha's guitar builds in an ever fuller and faster crescendo for nearly two minutes before his reedy voice slides in, backed by Sosin's sultry vocals, gradually upping the dramatic tension until the end. Switching mood and tempo in "Pena Huasteca,'' the duo blend their voices together over Sosin's plaintive violin, Rocha playing a supporting rhythm with his guitar. Then, with the traditional upbeat but minor-key Venezuelan tune "Fiesta Lllanera,'' it's instrumental virtuoso time for the duo, Sosin's maracas providing a rhythmic velvet background for Rocha's rapid yet lush harp playing.'
'It's that blend of contrasts that makes "Lo Que Me Dijo El Viento'' a jewel. "
-Jeanne Claire Van Ryzin
Correo Aereo (Air Mail), is a world music duo performing traditional and original music
of Latin America, primarily Venezuela, Mexico and Argentina.
Highly skilled musicians Abel Rocha and Madeleine Sosin combine silken vocal harmonies locked
in carnal embrace with an unusual array of instruments in rich tasting styles of traditional rhythm
and song. Hailed for their musical virtuosity, exciting percussive complexity and original interpretations of folkloric music as well as original compositions, Correo Aereo takes audiences
on an unforgettable journey into the soul and sonic riches of Latin America. Their performances propel
audiences into a magical world of indigenous rhythms, passionate adventure, the lush sensuality of
nature, dream, and the poetry of life and death.
Correo Aereo, favorites of the SXSW Music Festival and Conference in Austin TX,
are the winners of 'The Austin Music Awards 2000-2001' for Best Traditional Latin Group.
Correo Aereo tours nationally and internationally and have collaborated in Holland's prestigious
"Moondive", an international media project produced by VPRO Television-Radio, Amsterdam,
led by Joey Burns and John Convertino of 'Calexico'.
Correo Aereo's music is featured in Universal Pictures Movie and soundtrack,
"The Life of David Gale", directed by Alan Parker and starring Kevin Spacey, Kate Winslet, and
They Composed the soundtrack for the film "Shipibo Konibo" by Dutch filmmaker Willem Malten.
Correo Aereo was comissioned by The Seattle International Children's Festival 2005, to create a new work
for all ages, "Para Cantarle al Rio/ To Sing A River", a musical multimedia ensemble production,
which had it's world premier run in May 2005 at the Seattle Opera House.
They are featured in the film and soundtrack â€˜Before The Music Dies’, a documentary film by
Andrew Shapter and Joel Rasmussen of FaronWest Productions, soon to be released,
along with Erykah Badu, Elvis Costello, Eric Clapton, Dave Matthews, Los Lobos, Bonnie Raitt,
Branford Marsalis, Calexico, and narrated by Forest Whittaker.
To learn more about Correo Aereo go to www.correoaereo.com