Conga Line in Hell

Conga Line in Hell


Artist: Camerata de las Américas, Joel Sachs (conductor), Duane Cochran (piano)

Composers: Miguel del Águila, Arturo Márquez, Conlon Nancarrow, Roberto Sierra, 
Alejandro García Caturla, Mozart Camargo Guarnieri

Format: 1 CD


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A cosmopolitan city, a place of privilege for encounters, dialogues and clashes, suddenly realizes that an unprecedented phenomenon has come to being in its midst. Accustomed to speaking of itself in terms of Latin or Afro-American quarters, for instance, the city hesitates as it tries to find a name for the new space. Yesterday's adjectives seem unwieldy: the untiring blender of mestizaje and fusion has worked with such intensity that its labour finally muddles the limits between the neighborhoods, and borders become tenuous in this new cartography. The city witnesses, reacting with alarm and enthusiasm, witnesses the appearance of a zone where the confrontation of traditions is so constant and dynamic that it becomes to no one and everyone at the same time.

—José Wolffer (translation by Alan Stark and José Wolffer)

Track List

Miguel del Águila (Uruguay, 1957)
1. Conga-Line in Hell     11:49

Arturo Márquez (México, 1950)
2. Danzón No. 4     10:39

Conlon Nancarrow (Estados Unidos/México, 1912-1997)
3. Primera pieza para pequeña orquesta     6:44

Roberto Sierra (Puerto Rico, 1953)
4. Lenguas desconocidas     3:52
5. Lo que pasó en las nubes     3:56
6. Batata-Coco (¿mambo?)     2:43

Alejandro García Caturla (Cuba, 1906-1940)
Primera suite cubana
7. I. Sonera     4:10
8. II. Comparsa     8:19
9. III. Danza     2:23

Mozart Camargo Guarnieri (Brasil, 1907-1993)
10. Flôr de Tremembé     6:17

Total time: 60:52
Release date: 1999
UPC: 053479323026

Best-of-the-Year Disc
— Audiophile Audition
10/10 “Conga-Line in Hell” is one of those rare discs that not only makes thematic sense but also happens to be hugely enjoyable from beginning to’s a terrific program.
— Anastasia Tsioulcas,

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