30 Apr Grammy®-nominated bilingual singer-songwriter Alih Jey hits the road with Raul Malo ( The Mavericks)
“Just like how international star Rosalia is reimagining Flamenco, Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Alih Jey is breathing new life into boleros. Trust me, her new single Mi Debilidad is definitely worth checking out, it’s romantic, it’s authentic and the sound is just rich all around.”- L.A. Taco
Vesper Public Relations. Los Angeles, CA. (April 2019) – Alih Jey, the genre-defying Dominican bilingual singer-songwriter, who premiered her new single “Mi Debilidad” on @KCRW ’s #PanCaliente curated by Jose Galvan, followed by a glowing review on NPR’s ‘Alt. Latino,’ plus a performance at SXSW Music Festival 2019, and a recent performance at @ChidoCheverCool series at The Hi Hat in Highland Park, continues making her mark.
Now Alih Jey will be performing solo acoustic shows this May, opening for Raul Malo, the incomparable front man of the band The Mavericks. Malo’s free-wheeling, swaggering style seamlessly blends neotraditional country, rock ‘n’ roll, Latin rhythmic fervor, and prominently features his lush, soaring baritone.
May 10, 2019 San Juan Capistrano- The Coach House
May 11, 2019 Bakersfield- Buck Owens’s Crystal Palace
May 14, 2019 Folsom, CA – Harris Center
May 15, 2019 Saratoga, CA – Carriage House Theatre
May 17, 2019 Crystal Bay, NV- Crystal Bay Club Casino
May 18, 2019 San Francisco, CA –Great American Music Hall
Alih’s Mi Debilidad, available on all platforms, features elements of the Dominican criolla and bolero, and is part of her upcoming album Soy De Peña, in collaboration with the band Cuñao. The album is a tribute to her father Aníbal De Peña, who to this day remains an icon in Dominican musical history. Alih Jey presents a distinctive approach to alternative folk music, within an ever growing roster of Dominican female artists. Dominican women have been taking center stage in music, and Alih is bringing her Bolero-indie flavor and fresh sound into the mix. A bona fide rockera and previously Grammy-nominated for Best Rock Solo Vocal album, Alih kicks it up a notch by revamping culturally significant songs from the Dominican Republic in this tribute.
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Soy De Peña chronicles the musical heritage of Alih Jey’s family with tributes to her father’s much beloved repertoire as well as her grandfather’s lesser-known musical poems. In certain regions of Latin America, a “peña” is a celebratory gathering of artists presenting their work and can also mean mountain. This double meaning reveals how Alih’s newest project honors and adds to a rich, long-standing musical legacy.
“While remaking Mi Debilidad, I changed the time signature from 4/4 to 6/8, because it just felt right to me! And it turns out that the new version sounds a lot like an older genre from the 1860s in the Dominican Republic called the Dominican ‘criolla’. I realized the lyrics and melody of my father’s original bolero song combined with my triple time variation and Cuñao’s stripped down arrangements, gave it that criolla feel. It was pretty exciting! The criolla’s precursor is actually the ‘barcarola’ of Venice, Italy (a rhythm reminiscent of the gondolier’s stroke, almost invariably in 6/8 meter at a moderate tempo), that got to the DR in the 1850s! Hence, the triple meter characteristic.” says the young recording artist.
ABOUT ALIH JEY:
- Alih Jey is a Grammy®-nominated singer and songwriter living in Los Angeles, CA of Dominican Republic roots.
- In 2008, she was the first Dominican nominated for a Latin Grammy® in the category of Best Rock Solo Vocal Album for her independently released album Necia. Alih is also a featured vocalist and writer on “Déjame Bailar”, Los Rakas’ single from their Grammy®-nominated album Los Rakas.
- She has performed at major festivals and events such as SXSW, LAMC, LALIFF, The Grammy Music Series, L Festival, The Casandra Awards (Premios Soberano), The Miami Music Festival, and Dominicana Moda.
- As a songwriter, Alih Jey won the BMI award in 2016 for co-writing Ricky Martin’s hit single “Adrenalina (Spanglish version).” On stage, Alih has performed with Gloria Estefan, Paulina Rubio, Aleks Syntek, Bacilos, and La Quinta Estación. Alih has also collaborated with multi-Grammy winners Sebastian Krys and Elsten Torres (Fulano), Jarina De Marco, Francisca Valenzuela, Huey Dunbar, Paulina Rubio, and Frankie J.
Discography: (Albums and EPs): Alih Jey (2001), Gotas de Piel (2004), Necia (2008), Tarte (2011) & Car Trouble (2014).
“Just like how international star Rosalia is reimagining Flamenco, Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Alih Jey is breathing new life into boleros. Trust me, her new single Mi Debilidad is definitely worth checking out, it’s romantic, it’s authentic and the sound is just rich all around.”
NPR – SXSW Interview
“Backed by the LA-based retro folk outfit called Cuñao, [“Mi Debilidad”] is an evocative torch song, sung in Spanish… it’s intimate, powerful, and a wonderful statement from [Alih Jey].”
Fuerza Y ‘Debilidad’: Our Favorite Latin Songs This Week https://n.pr/2RG6YsW
KCRW “MI DEBILIDAD”
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