Diego El Cigala @ Lehman Center
(April 8, 2017) Now, into its 36th Season, Lehman Center for the Performing Arts continues to be the premier gateway to the world in The Bronx. With that vision outward, they still remain firm in their commitment to those genres that have contributed to the musical heritage of our borough.
Making his first appearance at The Center was the prolific flamenco singer known far and wide as Diego El Cigala. This was a special performance which, according to Executive Director Eva Bornstein, he wanted to happen only in The Bronx. However, one would think, of course! Considering that he has combined his rich vocal instrument, of late, to the Salsa genre of afro-cuban rhythms, where else in NYC would you bring it?
El Cigala’s venture into La Salsa, “Indestructible,” has received raves throughout and has given a fresh sound to classics of the 70s and 80s. Prior to this release, he recorded “Piratas del flamenco“ (2004) with Nuyorican musician of Libre and Fort Apache Band fame Jerry González (now, based in Spain), which also caused a stir across the pond.
Diego el Cigala brought it to Lehman Center, and he had a solid cast of talented musicians providing the canvases for his vocal paint strokes. They included, band leader Johnny ‘Dandy’ Rodriguez, Jimmy Delgado, George Delgado, Pete Nater, Jimmy Bosch, Ricky Gonzalez, Ruben Rodriguez, Richie Viruét, Ivan Renta, Doug Beavers, Jeremy Bosch, Arturo Ortiz, and a few more. Featured soloist, during a rendition of the Isolina Carrillo standard “Dos Gardenias,” was trombone master Reynaldo Jorge. Singers Frankie Vásquez and Tito Allen, also, gave performances, during the opening set, celebrating some of the Legends like Tito Rodriguez, Tito Puente and Ray Barretto.
The crowd which packed into The Center for his performance, jumped quickly into the flow. They sang along parts of the way, and just slid back when the cante got real deep. Old souls reconnected, and between each meeting, El Cigala was all smiles this particular night in The Bronx.
For more info on upcoming performances at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts, goto: SEASON 36 .