July is certainly heating up as Jose Feliciano has taken off for concert appearances in Europe, the United States, the Middle East and Asia, ahead of a comprehensive release of music and video that, like his July (Globe-Trotting) Tour, spans Genres and Generations.
The July 2016 Tour includes a charitable event, 5 festival performances and 8 concerts, while his upcoming musical projects, on the other hand, will include an unprecedented and truly significant accomplishment for Jose under the direction of his manager, Helmuth Schaerf. It’s a body of work long in the production and soon to be released, publicly. These include:
— Feliciano’s highly-respected Symphonic Concert Performance at the Nokia Stadium in Tel Aviv with the Raanana Symphonette Orchestra, recorded and filmed live in Dolby Stereo 5.1, and capturing the last appearance on stage of arranger/conductor, Maestro Jimmie Haskell. It is a fine example of the classic “Evening with Feliciano” in a symphony concert setting and, this one in particular, is a poignant moment in time, preserved forever.
— “Happy Birthday, Les,” is the live, unplugged concert in New York City’s Iridium Jazz Club, celebrating Les Paul’s 100th Birthday with Les’ band on the very stage he called “home” for so long. Very listenable, it’s an enjoyable Jose & Friends evening of music, and a fitting tribute to a true pioneer and innovator – who was just about the sweetest man to ever grace the stage.
— One of the most daunting and challenging (yet satisfying) projects in Jose’s life is the adaptation and recording of a collection of Castrato Arias written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart — and performed on acoustic guitar by Feliciano — something that had never before been accomplished. Pairing with the renowned 5-octave male soprano from Vienna, Arno Raunig, Jose Feliciano brings about a magnificent piece of work, which, like all of Mozart’s music, will live forever. It is a significant benchmark in Jose’s musical career and a delight to behold.
— “Djangosims,” a collection of standards created in honor of the Master of ‘Jazz Manouche,’ the incomparable, Django Reinhardt. With guest artist, guitarist Harri Stojka, Europe’s beloved student of Reinhardt and the ‘Gypsy Swing’ or ‘Hot Club Jazz’ he created, Jose couples with Harri in preserving a beloved musical style and bringing to fruition his interpretation of a special class of music which heavily influenced Feliciano throughout his lifetime.
— And finally, the release of what is being called Jose’s “personal journey along ‘LATIN STREET;’” the multi-volume album project spanning many years and even more miles in this musical-voyage he calls, “my life.” New songs, old songs, in English, Spanish and Italian, with a celebrity cast playing and singing their hearts out with him along their way on “Latin Street”…
Stay tuned for more on both Jose’s July 2016 Globe-Trotting Tour AND his Multi-Project Releases, which are now practically right around the corner!