Once again Latin America journeyed into Tejano Music by bringing in the band Motivo from Toledo, Ohio. Playing on a night that was billed as a “family friendly” baile (dance), Motivo provided some great music for a crowd that came in from Caledonia, Grand Rapids and even Holland. Just like in 2014 when Tejano music was highlighted, Aldaco’s Taco Bar catered with a taco bar at the start and Diego Rivera played the role of emcee and guest speaker.
Diego would soon turn in his emcee microphone and add some of his own musical talents on a few numbers with Motivo. A world-class musician, composer, arranger and educator, Diego Rivera has entertained audiences for over 15 years. Rivera is known for his muscular tone and unique blend of straight-ahead mainstream jazz fused with music inspired by his Latino background and heritage. His debut recording, Hercules was released in 2006 on his own record label, Rivera Records. His latest CD project, The Contender (D-Clef Records 2013) received national critical-acclaim reaching #8 on the JazzWeek Radio Charts.
Motivo, established in February of 2016, released their first album “Nacimiento Motivado” digitally (online) available in most popular digital media sites: iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, Spotify, etc… or you can purchase a physical copy on their website.
Much thanks to Mark Sullivan from the Michigan State University’s College of Music. Mark along with several committee members work together to present the sixth annual Latin IS America series March 25 – April 17. Latin IS America demonstrates the blending of Latin American and U.S. cultures by featuring music from Haitian drumming to salsa dancing and from an audiovisual experience to classical strings.
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