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Monsieur Periné, Mr. Pauer and the New Old Sound of the Tropics

Written By Fernando Gonzalez
June 7, 2018 at 11:21 PM

After years of shaping their sound and their act, the Colombian band Monsieur Periné — Catalina García, vocals; Nicolás Junca, guitar; and Santiago Prieto, string instruments — exploded on the international stage winning a Latin GRAMMY for Best New Artist in 2015. Presented with theatrical costumes, a hint of vaudeville and touches of campy humor, their music was a fresh, improbable mix of old-timey, Gypsy jazz and Latin American styles and instruments.  Most notable, their “suin a la colombiana” (Colombian-style swing) sounded unforced, organic.

The group’s third and latest album, Encanto Tropical, which will be featured Sunday, shows a continuing evolution, veering ever so gently into a more pop direction, including more variety and musical detail and lyrics that go past love stories into wider themes.

“The tropics are a magical space, exuberant, deep, shamanistic, passionate and beautiful,” said García in the Colombian newspaper El Tiempo. “Those of us who come from the tropics, we are a collection of pieces from many cultures, and that’s what make us charming and colorful.”

Encanto Tropical “is a passage to be proud of who we are and imagine it as a sort of tropical power,” added Prieto. “It’s an attempt to resist, de-colonize, to look at [the world] from what we have here and build our own world from who we are.”

Miami-based Venezuelan producer and DJ Mr. Pauer (aka Toto González) will open the evening with his Electrópico sound, a trademarked smart, danceable fusion of electronic music and traditional Latin styles.

Monsieur Periné and Mr. Pauer, presented by the Rhythm Foundation, Sunday, June 10 at 7:30 p.m.; North Beach Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; tickets  $30 advance, $40 at the door;305.672.5202.

 

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