Music: Up Close and Personal

Pacha Massive's bilingual, boogie-down mix of dub, cumbia, trip-hop and funk, plus Federico Abuela, ignite the Ford, Sep 26

Published on LatinoLA: September 9, 2008

Music: Up Close and Personal

89.9 KCRW and the Ford Amphitheatre present the critically acclaimed trip hop group Pacha Massive and Argentinean cool electronica and Spanish guitar sensation Federico Aubele in a rare, very intimate concert at the Ford Amphitheatre on September 26 at 8 pm for an audience of only 1,200. Proceeds from this concert will benefit the L.A. based Community Bridges Program, which provides accessibility to the arts for youth in under-represented communities.

Singer-songwriter Federico Aubele blends a variety of musical genres and styles: Jamaican dub and reggae, American ambient and hip-hop, Mexican bolero, and Argentine tango. Produced by and on the same label (ESL or Eighteenth Street Lounge) as Thievery Corporation, Aubele was last seen in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Bowl with Thievery Corporation, in June of 2008. He returns to Los Angeles for an up close and personal concert of hypnotic guitar and sultry vocals.

Aubele's latest album "Panamericana" was voted "One of the Top 5 Albums of the Year" by the Los Angeles Times. He describes his music as a synthesis of styles from across the Americas. He is now touring the US and Canada with Argentinean singer Natalia Clavier www.eslmusic.com/artist/natalia_clavier.

Pacha Massive will be making their 3rd and their largest Los Angeles appearance at the Ford Amphitheatre, having performed live in L.A. only twice at small venues. This rare performance will feature a funky fusion of traditional Latin rhythms like Colombian cumbia, Dominican palo, and Afro-Cuban son. Their rhythmic blends of funky Latin jams with Jamaican reggae-dancehall, dub and drum-and-bass has made them a New York club favorite.

Straight from the boogie-down Bronx, Pacha Massive (from Pachamama meaning "Mother Earth") is the creative collaboration between Dominican-born Nova (keys, guitar, writer and producer) and Colombian-born Maya (writer and bass). the duo met in New York while working on a project with Ivan Benavides (Sidestepper, Bloque, Carlos Vives) where a creative collaboration between the two led to the formation of Pacha Massive in 2005.

Pacha Massive has been making a buzz since playing their first gig at Madison Square Garden opening for Aterciopelados. DJ Nova (writer/producer, King Chango, SiS?®, Om) on keys/guitar and Maya on bass make up the core of Pacha Massive, often sharing the stage with up to seven or eight collaborators. They are the first U.S. group to be signed by Nacional Records.

Both members of the group are Latinos, from Colombia and the Dominican Republic, now living in the U.S. and sharing a common passion for music. Their music is a reflection of this exciting generation: a melting pot of genres, languages, backgrounds and styles.

"When I came to the U.S. I got my first instrument on my 15th birthday, a drum set, and as the years passed I picked up guitar, bass, keys, percussion and finally the instrument that allowed me to solidify my ideas in a flexible and efficient way.a Mac," said Nova. He describes his musical influences from people "who have influenced me in the way I make music" citing Bruce Lee, Benjamin Franklin and Leonardo DaVinci as "people who had a bigger perspective and were more holistic in their craft."


Nova's Dominican roots exposed him to a lot of traditional music like palo in addition to music from England and the U.S. played on Dominican radio. As a youth he built instruments out of whatever he could find, using cans for drums, 2 X 4s, and rubber bands.

Maya was born in Colombia and raised in New York City's Washington Heights. Her love of music also started at an early age with the violin, and later became a career choice when she went to Cuba after graduating to study double bass. Her musical influences range from classical, salsa, bolero and traditional Colombian folklore to reggae, house and artists like Manu Chao, Hector Lavoe and Sidestepper.


"Aubele makes music that tongues you, runs a feather down your thigh, and wraps you in beats so ripe you can't help but melt into the torrid elegance" -Resonance

Federico Aubele is an Argentine singer-songwriter whose music blends a variety of genres and styles: Jamaican dub and reggae, American ambient and hip-hop, Mexican bolero, and Argentine tango. He describes his music as a synthesis of styles from across the Americas. Born and raised in Buenos Aires, he started playing music at 12, with his early musical influences coming from his mother, an amateur guitarist. He moved to Berlin in 2001 (during the Argentine economic crisis), where he lived for several years. After submitting a demo via email to Thievery Corporation's Eighteenth Street Lounge Music, he was quickly signed to the label, and released his debut album Gran Hotel Buenos Aires, produced by Thievery Corporation, in 2003. In 2006, he played at the Austin City Limits Music Festival. His song "Esta Noche" was featured in the 5th season of Alias (TV series). After Berlin, he moved to Barcelona where he began working on his new album, Panamericana (a title to indicate the many musical influences and in part named after the Pan-American Highway), which was released on September 18, 2007, also produced by Thievery Corporation. He lives in Barcelona, Spain and frequently returns to Buenos Aires.

For more information visit: http://www.myspace.com/pachamassive, and http://www.myspace.com/aubele


Proceeds from this event will go to the Community Bridges, an outreach and audience development program dedicated to exposing underrepresented communities to the Performing Arts. Through this program, Ford performers conduct workshops at 16 youth and social service centers based in Asian Pacific Islander and Latino communities within the LA County. Participants and their families are invited to several events throughout the Ford season, with free transportation, tickets, and interactive artist workshops provided by the Ford in collaboration with the performers.

For more information visit: http://fordamphitheatre.org/en/support/communitybridges.asp

Performances at: Ford Amphitheatre, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood, CA 90068.

FOR TICKETS: Tickets are $20-$30 for adults and $12 for students and children and may be purchased by calling 323-461-3673 or through www.fordtheaters.org

The Ford Amphitheatre is located at 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood, CA 90068, just off the 101 Hollywood Freeway across from the Hollywood Bowl and south of Universal Studios. The grounds open two hours before showtime for picnicking. The Ford offers a number of dining options: a variety of food and beverages is available on site and box dinners for evening events may be ordered in advance. Patrons are welcome to bring their own food and drink. The Ford is disabled accessible. Portable wireless listening devices are available upon request.

On-site, stacked parking costs $5 per vehicle for evening shows and $1 per vehicle for morning family shows. For evening shows only, FREE non-stacked parking serviced by a FREE shuttle to the Ford, for evening amphitheatre performances only, is available at the Universal City Metro Station lot at Lankershim Blvd. and Campo de Cahuenga. The shuttle, which cycles every 15-20 minutes, stops in the "kiss and ride" area.

This event is part of the Ford Amphitheatre 2008 Season, a multi-disciplinary arts series produced by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission in cooperation with Los Angeles County based arts organizations. For a complete season schedule, directions to the theater and parking information, log on to www.fordtheaters.org

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