Juanes takes his ‘Origen’ on tour with 20 concerts in the United States

Juanes is ready to take his “Origin” on a tour of the United States with 20 concerts at venues such as the Fillmore in Miami, where he begins his tour on September 16 and 17.

“I can’t wait to go back” to the ring, said the Colombian rocker in a recent interview via Zoom from Medellín, after spending most of the pandemic locked up composing and studying singing, guitar and poetry. “I really miss it, more than ever in my life.”

After experimenting with different types of music, Juanes returned to his roots for “Origen”, his 10th studio album released in May, in which he covered songs by some of the most influential artists in his life and career, from Joe Arroyo and Bruce Springsteen, to Bob Marley and Juan Luis Guerra.

“Origen Tour”, the tour of this album, will include stops in Orlando (House of Blues on September 18), Atlanta (Tabernacle on September 19), Washington (The Anthem on 21), Seattle (Moore Theater on September 24), Las Vegas (House of Blues on October 1), Los Angeles (YouTube Theater on October 2), San Antonio (Majestic Theater on October 9) and Houston (House of Blues on October 12 and 13), among other cities, before ending in Chicago on 15 October at the Rosemont Theater.

In New York it will be on September 22 at Terminal 5. Tickets go on sale on Friday.

“We have been here for two, three weeks putting together how the whole show is going to be, all the most theatrical part, let’s say, of our tour, and obviously we are going to play the album of ‘Origen’, to play my songs too and to put on a show. super organic, rocker, in iconic places in all those cities and we are happy, “said the musician, who also hopes to bring this show to Europe and Latin America next year, as the pandemic allows.

“Origen” (Universal Music Latin) was accompanied by a homonymous documentary on Amazon Prime, produced by José Tillán and directed by Kacho López, in which the interpreter of hits such as “La camisa negra” and “A Dios le pido” explained by what he chose each of the songs, talked with some of its creators (Guerra, Sabina, Páez) or survivors (Ziggy Marley), and reproduced emblematic performances of the 60s, 70s and 80s, including the first of the Beatles in “The Ed Sullivan Show ”.

Will you carry some of those performances that were seen in the documentary onto the tour?

“Not so… but yes. We are going to be with some very specific pints and we are going to also be doing a bit of ‘storytelling’, like telling stories behind each song and locating them in time, where I was at that moment ”, said Juanes.

“We want to go a bit for that style more than the rock shows of many years ago, minimalist but with great force, and now with a supremely powerful repertoire. And we are going to go clear with the 100% seventies look. Nobody takes this beard and this mane from us. Nobody, “he added with a laugh.

His upcoming releases include a bilingual version of Elvis Costello’s classic “Pump It Up” for an album by the British singer-songwriter produced by Sebastian Krys, the same Argentine producer he worked with on “Origen”, with whom he hopes to record an upcoming album by new music he wrote during confinement.

Juanes spoke enthusiastically about the Costello project, whom he said he had on a pedestal.

He recounted that they used the original tracks from the 1978 song in a “super original” experience: “You can even hear Elvis breathing. If you see the multitrack, you can go one by one listening to the drums, the bass, there is the guitar of the guitarist from The Clash there. “

“And the video is very particular too,” he continued, “because it’s an animation over the original video. I mean, it’s the original video, but with my face. It’s a bit crazy (laughs), but it’s really cool. The same body of Elvis there dancing to the song, but with my face ”.

The 23 Latin Grammy and two Grammy winner, who recently also recorded Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” for the legendary American heavy metal band’s “The Metallica Blacklist” album, seems to be experiencing a moment of great peace and harmony as an artist.

Close to his 49th birthday, he works with complete freedom, without fear or restrictions.

“I am simply more grateful than ever in my life,” he said. “I’m betting on what I like regardless of the trend or if it is fashionable or not, or if it is number one or not, because in those ways to be number one and seek that popularity, it is too easy to distort yourself. And the truth is, I prefer my dignity and weakness at all levels than the numbers and the views and the likes and that things are. And to find that me there again, that real me, ah, it has given me tremendous joy ”.

“Let’s say Costello, Metallica, which for me has been like something that cannot be explained,” he said. “I can’t explain to you what I feel about that. It is something very deep in the soul ”.

Young Puerto Rican receives Juanes Scholarship from the Latin Grammy Foundation

Juanes arrives at the 20th Annual Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas on November 14, 2019.

(Eric Jamison/Eric Jamison/Invision/AP)

A young Puerto Rican cuatrista will be able to study at one of the most prestigious music schools in the United States after having won a scholarship from the Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation: the Juanes Scholarship.

Xavier Cintron, 18, will receive up to $ 200,000 to study beginning in September and for four years at Berklee College of Music in Boston, the foundation said Tuesday. The money from this initiative, also known as the Prodigy Scholarship and which each year adopts the name of its sponsor, is donated this year by the Colombian rocker.

“For me this has been very beautiful,” Juanes said in a recent interview with The Associated Press. “Xavier is too talented a guy playing the Puerto Rican cuatro. In addition, he is not only talented with the instrument but with a very advanced mentality. I was very surprised by this peeling with his ability ”.

Juanes, winner of 23 Latin Grammys and two Grammys and honored as Person of the Year by the Latin Recording Academy in 2019, recalled that some three decades ago, when he decided to dedicate his life to music, studying at a university like Berklee was not for him a possibility.

“So now I can have the opportunity after what I have lived to give that opportunity to another boy, as I did not have it, it seems super nice. That makes me too happy and grateful even more with the music and with the academy for everything I have been able to do, … (including) now reaching out to this boy who is really very talented and who is also a young boy that he is betting on folklore, that he is betting on the indigenous instruments of our culture, in this case the Caribbean, ”he said.

The Berklee College of Music is one of the largest and most prestigious contemporary music universities in the world. Among its graduates are the American musician and producer Quincy Jones and the Dominican singer-songwriter Juan Luis Guerra.

Cintrón was selected from a competitive pool of hundreds of applicants around the world “for his hard work, commitment, and passion for Latin music,” said Tanya Ramos-Puig, president of the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation, in a statement.

“As the first Puerto Rican cuatrista to receive the Prodigy Scholarship, I feel immense gratitude and responsibility,” the young man said in the same letter. “I want to continue to develop and gain new experiences so that I can share this knowledge and inspire young people like me.”

The Prodigio Scholarship, created seven years ago to support musical education and Latin music genres, has been previously sponsored by Enrique Iglesias (2015), Juan Luis Guerra (2016), Miguel Bosé (2017), Carlos Vives (2018), Emilio and Gloria Estefan (2019) and Julio Iglesias (2020).

The Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation also announced on Tuesday the winners of its Talent Tuition Scholarships and Tuition Assistance Scholarships this year, which will allow 38 students from different backgrounds to study at different musical institutions around the world.

Three of them will receive the Talent Scholarship for Tuition, endowed with up to $ 100,000 to pay for four years of study at the university or institution of their choice: Argentine vocalist Clara Díaz, Venezuelan flutist María Milano and Brazilian cellist Thiago Silva.

The remaining 35, from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Spain, the United States, Mexico, Paraguay and Venezuela, among other countries, will receive the Tuition Assistance Grant for one year, with a maximum value of $ 10,000.