Diego el Cigala U.S. Tour in New York
Debuting a new 11-piece band featuring a horn section, backing salsa vocalists and Latin percussion, Flamenco singer Diego el Cigala presents his new album “Indestructible” at The Town Hall.
Diego Ramón Jiménez Salazar, better known as Diego El Cigala (the nickname El Cigala, roughly “the prawn,” alluded to his thin frame), was an important young singer in Nuevo Flamenco when in 2003 he collaborated with the great, late Cuban pianist and arrranger Bebo Valdés in Lágrimas Negras, a recording that recast classic Cuban songs and Argentine tangos with a flamenco feel.
The disc became an improbable global hit and since, Cigala’s career, while anchored in traditional flamenco, has been distinguished by his imagination and courage in exploring other musical traditions. El Cigala presents his new CD, titled Indestructible, set for release on October 28 on Sony Music Latin.
In this new CD, recorded in Puerto Rico, Colombia, Cuba and the U.S., the singer revisits the classic sound of 70s salsa, reinventing some of its hits with his soulful, inimitable flamenco touch. He’ll be supported by an 11-piece lineup featuring his longtime pianist Jaime Calabuch and bassist Yelsy Heredia as well as David Marcano (timbales), Daniel Diaz (congas), Richard Stella and Leo Aguirre (trombones), Carlos Martinez and Anibal Martinez (trumpets), Diego Giraldo and Giovanni Betancourt (backing vocals), and for this show only, special guest pianist Ceferino Cabán, a salsa legend.
A musical game-changer, the rare musician who single-handedly alters the direction of a genre.– NPR
He radiates a magnetic mix of winking charm and unpredictable vitriol reminiscent of a singer from an entirely different milieu, Frank Sinatra.– The New York Times
Diego has one of the most beautiful flamenco voices of our time, a voice of sweetness that flows over everything.– Paco de Lucía