Around the World in 80 Songs
By Klaudia Oliver
Thu, May 14, 7:30pm
Teatro Ángela Peralta
100, 150, 250 pesos
Klaudia Oliver: Tell me about Around the World in 80 Songs.
Liah Alonso: Around the World in 80 Songs is a personal mission to bring the world together through musical collaboration that has turned into a travel documentary TV show (as of now independently produced). I started the project several years ago when I was on tour and realized that everywhere I would go with my guitar on my back, magical, musical connections would happen; 80 Songs is about bridging cultures through music. It is my mission to understand the people of the world through their music. I plan to collaboratively write 80 songs, in 80 countries, with 80 bands, with musicians and artists from many walks of life.
KO: What was your experience in San Miguel?
LA: I came to San Miguel to learn what makes San Miguel such a haven for artists. In less than one week, I was able to collaborate with amazingly talented musicians! I learned so much and had a hard time leaving the warm, welcoming, and serendipitously spectacular town of San Miguel.
KO: How would you describe your style of music?
LA: My musical style in a blend of Gypsy-cowgirl-Latin-pop! I like writing songs that have a strong and catchy melody but driving and rocky beats. I tell a lot of stories in my songs and I move through styles with ease like a gypsy.
KO: You are cross-cultural. How does this influence your songwriting?
LA: It’s true! I am a Mexi-Jewish guitar slinger who grew up between Mexico City and California, and now I’ve spent most of my adult life playing music in NYC. I think this constant traveling and merging of cultures has made me who I am. I sing in many languages because it makes me a small, harmonious part of the culture.
KO: What can we expect from the show at the Ángela Peralta?
LA: The show at Ángela Peralta will be a reflection of the vast array of musical styles that thrive in San Miguel! I will be playing mostly my own original compositions with a local funk band while bringing in special guests I’ve met while carrying my guitar through the streets of this beautiful city. You will see modern dancers, a fourth generation mariachi family band, a sound healer, and a funk band merging together on one stage.
KO: What are some of the challenges facing female musicians? What is some advice you have for female musicians?
LA: Being a full time musician is a labor of love, devotion, and determination. The over-sexualization of women, the infantilism of women, and the dominance of a male-run industry, it all seems like the cards are stacked against us. The challenge is to remain true, to know one’s own value, and keep hustling and working toward your dream. At least that’s what’s worked for me so far.