Felipe Abad is a Berklee College of Music student that nicely sings a much different version of the song “Las Caras Lindas”.
The classic song written by the late Puerto Rican songwriter Tite Curet Alonso, is performed in an Afro-Peruvian mixed with Classical style, as part of the “Susana Baca Meets Berklee” concert. Felipe is backed by a pretty big ensemble, with plenty of string instruments, two “Cajones”, and a populous chorus to supplement the basic orchestra format. All in all it’s a pretty big ensemble.
As I let you enjoy the video of Felipe Abad’s version of “Las Caras Lindas” (arranged by Emily Shibata), two popular quotes from Steve Jobs come to mind. Jobs liked to quote Picaso in saying “good artists copy, great artists steal”. And he instituted the Apple motto “think differently”.
When you listen to this version of the song popularized by the great Salsa singer Ismael Rivera, you might find yourself thinking how Felipe Abad and this great ensemble of young musicians came up with such a different and beautiful version of the song we know in Salsa format.
My thanks to Felipe Gonzalez of Berklee for sharing this video.