Tearing Down Walls: Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra
New Album Release!
Fandango at the Wall, the latest album from MFM AC Member Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra (ALJO), will be released September 28th, bringing together voices from a variety of cultural and musical traditions to tear down the many walls that isolate us –physical, musical, or cultural. This album was inspired by the Fandango Fronterizo Festival, which for the last ten years has gathered son jarocho musicians on both sides of the U.S.-México border in Tijuana and San Diego for a celebratory jam session.
“I found that idea so touching and elegant in its activism,” O’Farrill recalls. “I held it inside my soul and spoke to everyone I could about my hope to join the Fandango Fronterizo and record at the border, bringing special guests and making it a true collaboration.”
Arturo O’Farrill and ALJO gathered at the border with more than 60 gifted musicians representing both sides of that divide, as well as several of the countries targeted by the U.S. Government travel ban. Jazz greats Regina Carter (violin), Akua Dixon (cello), and Antonio Sánchez (drums); multi-talented Mexican violin trio The Villalobos Brothers; Broadway singer-actress Mandy González (Hamilton, In the Heights); Iraqi-American oud master Rahim AlHaj and his trio; Iranian tar virtuoso Sahba Motallebi; French-Chilean rapper-singer Ana Tijoux; son jarocho greats Patricio Hidalgo, Ramón Gutiérrez Hernández, and Tacho Utréra as well as many others.