New York-based soul singer, guitarist, and songwriter Raul Midón is known for his silky, soulful tenor and his dazzling, percussive guitar style - a syncopated, flamenco- and jazz-infused approach in which bass, harmony, and melodic lines take life.
Born in rural Embudo, New Mexico to an Argentine father and American mother he began playing drums early in his childhood before switching to guitar, taking in flamenco, jazz, and classical styles on his chosen instrument.
Raul Midón+ Georgia Mancio
Friday 19th October 2012
Part of Georgia Mancio’s ReVoice! Festival 2012
Doors: 7:00 pm
Price: £25 adv + booking feeEntry: Under 16s accompanied by an adult
Compton Avenue London N1 2XD
020 7226 3750
Opening tonight’s performance, Georgia Mancio will be joined by bassist/producer Laurence Cottle.
Midón attended the University of Miami, which he selected for its prestigious jazz curriculum. He remained there after graduating and became an in-demand backup singer, working primarily in the Latin-pop world for such artists as Shakira, Ricky Martin, and Alejandro Sanz. He also worked the club circuit, sprinkling the requisite cover songs amid the original tunes he was beginning to write. In 2002, Midón walked away from his lucrative work as a back-up singer to pursue a career as a solo artist in New York City. He eventually landed a monthly residency at Joe’s Pub and was approached backstage to perform at a show called “The Movie Music of Spike Lee,” at Carnegie Hall, along with Terence Blanchard, Angie Stone, Cassandra Wilson, and Bruce Hornsby. This led to a series of appearances. His singular timeless soul pop jazz sound garnered him a standing ovation during his television debut on Letterman and an open invitation back to Leno following his appearances there.
With three record releases under his belt “State of Mind,” “A World Within A World,” and “Synthesis” and countless appearances both on television worldwide and on other artist’s records he is more a part of the musical landscape than you might realize. Not only have the music lovers of the world recognized Raul’s specialness so have some of the greatest musicians in recent history. You might have seen Raul featured in the recent documentary on Bill Withers “Still Bill” or in the Herbie Hancock documentary “Possibilities” or the documentary of the legendary producer Arif Mardin “All My Friends Are Here” where he declares that Raul is the only artist he ever signed to a label.
His musical collaborations have also been broad and varied from a duet with Jason Mraz to a live recording with bass legend and producer Marcus Miller to playing The Budakan with Roberta Flack. People Magazine calls him an “eclectic adventurist” and the New York Times an “unreconstructed hippy.” Guitar magazine describes him as “One of those rare musical forces that reminds us how strong and deep the connection between man and music can sometimes be.” Midón will delight you with his wit, his musical virtuosity all a result of his dedication to being the best he can be. This talented, mesmerizing genre-defying artist has travelled the globe spreading the message that you can do it, you can be yourself and be recognized and be bold.