Torres traveled to New York in September 2001 to mediate and perform
in various houses of worship near Ground Zero. "It was my intention to
be conduit for whatever energy was present in the city at that time,
and channel it into music that could transform grief to acceptance,
anger to courage and despair to hope", he recalls. "From those
improvisational performances emerged the songs included in this
album." Dances, Prayers & Mediations is Nestor Torres' appeal to
Reading this official comment
and the title the impression takes shape in one's mind, this is a
serious album with indigestible music. I believe I've never failed so
much in an album. This album is groovy in it's purest
of Middle East is getting stronger in worldwide music. The rhythmic Human
Revolution is an extremely
well-arranged adaptation of Middle Eastern culture. "It's a song
about the change that has to
happen from within," comments Torres. Nestor Torres' flaming
flute and a strong blend of highly danceable, infectious backbeat
creates a real dancefloor hit.
Let There Be Light
is a melting pot of styles. "You hear classical elements in this
song," says Torres. "Then you hear pop, then reggaeton, then
Latin. You 're listening to four completely different styles blended
into a single cohesive piece of music. It's diverse, but it's
accessible at the same time."
Lotus Sutra Of The Wonderful Law
is a cross-cultural piece that was composed for a
performance that Torres gave in conjunction with a lecture
in Florida by the Dalai Lama. This spiritual song starts
with a Buddhist chant opening a wide spreading soundscape
of Middle Eastern and Western flavors. Friends of Yulara's
music will be exited.
Peace Within Myself
is a crossover of hip-hop
backbeat and Carlo Pennisi's Latin guitar music. No, it's not Peter
White. Italian producer Carlo Pennisi from Miami took great part of
this album. He has also produced and performed on Nestor Torres' Heads
Up Records debut album "Sin Palabras".
Torres explains the intellectual superstructure: "There is a
certain aggressiveness in achieving peace. It's about confronting your
own sense of self and making peace with that."
Grace is a slow melodious
tune beautiful like pure nature. "The love of a friend expressed
is featuring Ed Galle on alto sax. This tune is dedicated to the
brothers and sisters in Cajun country. Top notch like the whole album.
As shown up with A Widow's Lamentation
(Lamentoso) Nestor Torres
isn't hesitating to set antipoles on his album. This contemplative
tune expressing deep longing and eternal sorrow leaves
Torres' distinctiv scent for zest finds its expression in Dance
Because You can. He combines
a lightly melody with a solid groove. Torres conclusion: "It may
seem contradictory. We grieve, and we face whatever hardships we must
face, and then we go dance, because we have the capacity to move on,
and it's important that we can do that. I can grieve when I have to,
but that shouldn't hold me back from lifing my life!"
is a blend of Native American flute and drumming with Middle Eastern
sufi kind of mood. Very hooky melody.
is the right party sound. "Live like there is no tomorrow and set
your body free."
Prayer is another religious
antipole of this album. Choir, flute and strings with some harp melted
in a summit of moody emotion.
is dedicated to those we have lost, a prayer and a promise that we
will go on living and dancing in their name and memory. The nucleus of
Latin music stands for.
is Mozart meets Puerto Rican Plena. Classic meets Latin. A great
recording is the strongest and most honest record I have ever
made," says Torres. "My entire recording career has led me
to this moment. Everything I am as an artist and human being is
expressed through the music in this work." I believe in these
words and Nestor Torres' music. This album is absolutely compelling.
This surpassing album is the highlight of the year 2006.