Alex Alvear & MANGO BLUE

Alex Alvear & MANGO BLUE

 Boston, Massachusetts, USA
BandLatinWorld

A great new flavor in Afro-Latin and World music. The band's all-original repertoire offers a mix of Funk, R&B and Jazz with a strong Afro-Latin rhythmic foundation. Songs of celebration, love and social conscience. Hip music to listen, great music to dance.

Biography

Alex Alvear & Mango Blue blends an exciting mixture of musical styles to create a refreshing new sound in Afro-Latin and World music, through songs of celebration and social conscience. Alex Alvear & Mango Blue is a high-powered, all-original music ensemble that has delighted audiences and promoters alike, throughout the Americas with its infectious sound.

Led by Ecuadorian composer, bassist and singer Alex Alvear, this invigorating hybrid playfully integrates a wide array of influences from Rhythm & Blues, Jazz and Funk to Caribbean Roots, with a strong rhythmical foundation that draws from diverse Afro-Latin musical traditions. This stylistic fusion allows for a concoction that translates into music that transcends ethnic boundaries, providing a new color in the latin music palette.

The members of this band come from different parts of the world including Venezuela, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, the US and Ecuador and are among the best instrumentalists in the region.

Alvear's credits include recordings and/or performances with internationally acclaimed artists such as Celia Cruz, Orlando "Puntilla" Rios, Paquito D'Rivera, Larry Harlow, Afrocubism, Isaac Delgado, Jimmy Haslip, Johnatha Brooke, Raul Midon and Israel "Cachao" Lopez, to name a few. Two productions Alvear has taken part in have been nominated to the Grammys including Paquito D'Rivera's "Paquito D'Rivera Presents: Las Hermanas Marquez" and Gonzalo Grau's "Frutero Moderno."

Alex Alvear & Mango Blue has performed extensively in concert halls, festivals and clubs nationally and internationally. Some of these include CAPA's New Haven Jazz Festival, (sharing the stage with Dee Dee Bridgewater), Severance Hall (Cleveland), The Savannah Onstage Festival, Blue Frog (Mumbai, India), Teatro Nacional Sucre & Plataforma del MAAC (Ecuador), New York's S.O.B.s, MAKOR, Village Underground and The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, The Beantown Jazz Festival, Portland's Festival of Cultural Exchange, Boston Symphony Hall's World Music Series, Museum of Fine Arts in Philadelphia and many more.

On February 12, 2008, the band was featured as part of a report on immigration on NBC Nightly News with the song "Immigrant Blues". In addition, Mango Blue has been featured in over 65 Public Television Stations throughout the US with a TV special recorded for WGBH-Boston's "La Plaza". Visit http://www.wgbh.org/programs/Mango-Blue-632/episodes/-9156 to view some great clips from this program.

ATTENTION NEW ENGLAND PRESENTERS!!
Alex Alvear & Mango Blue belongs to The New England Foundation for the Arts' Touring Roster which can help cover up to 50% of the artist's fees. Alex Alvear's work as a composer makes the artist also elegible for Meet The Composer funds. For more information, please visit: http://www.nefa.org/grantprog/index.html


Find Alex Alvear & Mango Blue's Music on Bandcamp Now!! 

http://alexalvearandmangoblue.bandcamp.com/

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS
Alex Alvear & Mango Blue offers additional educational programs to complement performances including residency activities, workshops and lecture/demonstration performances on the music of the Caribbean, suitable for grades K-12, as well as college and university audiences.

Lyrics

Immigrant Blues

Written By: Alex Alvear

(English translation below)

ESCUCHA BIEN LO QUE TE DIGO
NO SE PORQUE NO QUIERES SER MI AMIGO
VINE A ESTA TIERRA PA’ TRABAJAR
MAS SINEMBARGO TU ME QUIERES DESPLAZAR
MALAS SEMILLAS HAY EN TODOS LADOS
PORQUE PAGAN EL PRECIO SIEMPRE LOS HONRADOS?
YO NO TE PIDO TU CARIDAD, YO SOLO QUIERO UNA OPORTUNIDAD

IT’S AN IMMIGRANT NATION
WE LIVE IN AN IMMIGRANT NATION
I WORK HARD FOR MY MONEY
SO DON’T YOU PUT THE BLAME ON ME

NO QUIERO AQUI UN MALENTENDIDO
TENGO ESPERANZA DE QUE TODO AUN NO SE HA PERDIDO
BUSQUEMOS JUNTOS UNA SOLUCION
TRABAJANDO UNIDOS PARA CONVIVIR EN COMPRENSION
MI GENTE TIENE MUCHO QUE OFRECERTE
SI TU QUISIERAS YO PUEDO SER TU PANA FUERTE
YO NO TE PIDO TU CARIDAD, YO SOLO QUIERO UNA OPORTUNIDAD

IT’S AN IMMIGRANT NATION…

YOU KNOW WELL WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT
‘CAUSE YOUR OWN PEOPLE
THEY HAD TO TAKE THE SAME ROUTE
I’M NOT ASKING FOR YOUR CHARITY,
ALL I WANT IS OPPORTUNITY

IT’S AN IMMIGRANT NATION
WE LIVE IN AN IMMIGRANT NATION
I WORK HARD FOR MY MONEY
SO DON’T YOU PUT THE BLAME ON ME

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Translation of 1st & 2nd verse

Listen to what I have to say
I don't know why you won't be my friend
I came to this land to work
However you want to push me aside
There are bad seeds can be anywhere
But why should the honest ones pay the price?
I'm not asking for your charity
I only want an opportunity

I don't want to be misunderstood
I have faith all is not yet lost
Let's find a solution together
Working in unity to coexist in harmony
My people have much to offer you
If you wanted I could be your best friend
I'm not asking for your charity
All I want is opportunity

Discography

"Immigrant Blues"
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"MANGO"
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"Equatorial"
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All of Alex Alvear's music can be heard and downloaded at:

www.alexalvearandmangoblue.bandcamp.com

Also on iTunes & Amazon

Set List

Mango Blue's sets include an array of rhythms that come from a mixture of influences i.e.: "SongoRengue" (mix of Cuban Songo and Dominican Merengue), "Cha-Cha-Ska" (mix of Cha-cha-cha and Ska), etc. Some tunes have a stronger "Jazzy" feel allowing for improvisation while others are more song-oriented and others focusing on celebration and funky/AfroLatin beats. Sets vary depending on the venue, especially if people have an opportunity to dance. Nonetheless, the repertoire is high-powered and reflecting the many rhythmic and stylistic mixes unique to the band, as well as ranging in thematic content from the fun and celebratory to love songs and songs of social commentary. Sets can be as short as 45 minutes and as long as two and a half hours. Mango Blue can provide up to three one-hour sets of rockin', all original music.