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Ritmo y Rima

MISTER G y JOSÉ V
“If you only know how much this album brightened my day, thinking of all the children and families, and myself as an immigrant. I wish that I had grown up with music like this.”
Claudia Acuña
Latin GRAMMY Nominated Jazz Vocalist
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Trasfondo histórico del álbum

DOS AMIGOS COLABORAN DURANTE UNA PANDEMIA

Si deseas una historia positiva en medio de la pandemia, este recuento es para ti: Mister G y José V se conocieron en el Latin GRAMMY® 2015, donde Mister G fue premiado con el galardón al Mejor Álbum Infantil y el álbum de José V (José Valentino) fue nominado en la categoría de Mejor Álbum de Jazz Latino. Rápidamente desarrollaron una amistad y a menudo hablaron de colaborar juntos en un álbum infantil en español. Las responsabilidades de trabajo, la distancia geográfica y los limitados encuentros pausaron la realización del proyecto. Entonces surgió la pandemia.

Con las recientes cancelaciones de presentaciones musicales, el dúo comenzó a trabajar de forma remota colaborando a través de videollamadas con el gran coproductor y ingeniero brasileño, Carlson Barros, compartiendo ideas y grabando pistas en sus respectivos estudios.
Mire a Mister G y José V tocando en vivo en el Key West Theatre (antes de la pandemia).
A medida que el entusiasmo crecía, así se expandió el alcance del álbum. En poco tiempo se comunicaron con amigos músicos de todo el continente americano quienes también estaban aislados debido a la pandemia. El álbum se convirtió en un proyecto internacional con músicos de Colombia, Argentina, Brasil, Venezuela, Chile, México, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Perú y República Dominicana contribuyendo sus variadas expresiones musicales y culturales.

El álbum Ritmo y Rima celebra los vibrantes sonidos y géneros del mundo latinoamericano. La samba “Ritmo y Rima”, es el tema principal que evoca la alegría del carnaval. “Señorita Mariposa” celebra la extraordinaria migración de la mariposa monarca mientras que el tema “Tú y Tú y Yo” es un llamado a la unidad entre las fronteras y la solidaridad con quienes atraviesan dicha trayectoria.

El alcance bimodal del álbum procura atraer primeramente a los niños con canciones cautivadoras que exploran los colores, animales y la conexión con el mundo natural. Por otro lado, los adultos se deleitarán con arreglos que honran los estilos del jazz latino, música folklórica y temas bailables, el componente educativo de las letra, ademas de mensajes de relevancia histórica y actual.

A história por trás do álbum

Dois amigos trabalhando juntos, mesmo durante uma pandemia.

Mister G e José V se conheceram na comemoração do Grammy Latino de 2015, quando Mister G levou para casa o prêmio de Melhor Álbum Infantil. Eles se tornaram grandes amigos e começaram a fazer um álbum em Espanhol juntos. Mas, com a correria do dia-a-dia, e morando distantes um do outro, eles só se encontravam durante festivais e outros eventos. E então, em 2020 a pandemia aconteceu.

Com as apresentações ao vivo canceladas, a dupla começou a trabalhar online com o produtor e engenheiro de áudio Carlson Barros, compartilhando idéias e gravando faixas em seus respectivos estúdios.
Mister G e José V, apresentaram-se ao vivo no Key West Theatre (antes da pandemia).
Em pouco tempo, eles aumentaram seu alcance, colaborando com amigos músicos de todas as Américas, que também estavam isolados em casa. Aos poucos, o álbum se tornou um projeto internacional, com participantes da Colômbia, Argentina, Brasil, Venezuela, Chile, México, Porto Rico, Cuba, Peru e República Dominicana, cada um adicionando seus estilos diferentes.

O álbum “Ritmo e Rima” celebra os sons e texturas vibrantes do mundo latino. A faixa-título, inspirada no samba, invoca uma atmosfera alegre como a do carnaval, "Señorita Mariposa" celebra a migração extraordinária da borboleta-monarca, enquanto a música final "Tú y Tú Yo" é um canção sincera que promove a união sem fronteiras, e a solidariedade entre todos os povos.

As crianças serão atraídas por músicas cativantes que exploram tópicos como: cores, animais e respeito á Natureza. Os adultos apreciam a grande variedade de estilos musicais, o conteúdo educacional das letras, e os temas de união e esperança.

The Story Behind The Album

how TWO friends made the best of THE pandemic

If you’re looking for silver linings amidst the pandemic, this story is for you. Mister G and José V met at the Latin GRAMMY’s in 2015, where Mister G took home the award for Best Children’s Album. They became fast friends and often talked of making a Spanish Language album together. But life was busy, they lived far apart and only met up to perform together at festivals from time to time. Then the pandemic happened.

With live performances canceled for the foreseeable future, the pair began working together remotely: collaborating over video calls, sharing ideas, and recording tracks in their respective studios along with their Brazilian Co-Producer, Carlson Barros.
Watch Mister G and José V performing live at the Key West Theater (before the pandemic).
As their excitement grew so did the scope of the album. Before long, they had reached out to musician friends from all over the Americas who were also isolated at home. The album became an international project with players from Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela, Chile, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Peru, and the Dominican Republic adding their distinct styles.

The album, Ritmo y Rima (Rhythm & Rhyme), celebrates the vibrant sounds and textures of the Latin world. The samba inspired title track conjures the joyful atmosphere of carnival, “Señorita Mariposa” celebrates the extraordinary migration of the monarch butterfly, while the closing song “Tú y Tú y Yo” is a heartfelt anthem calling for unity across borders and solidarity with those who traverse them.

In a sense, the album has two voices: children will be drawn to the captivating songs that explore topics like colors, animals, and a connection to the natural world. Adults will appreciate the wide range of musical styles, the educational component of the songs, and the themes of unity and hope that are woven throughout the album.

The MUSICIANS

Mister G

BEN GUNDERSHEIMER

CO-PRODUCER, SONGWRITER

Ben Gundersheimer is a Latin GRAMMY Award-winning artist, author, activist, and educator. Hailed as “a bilingual rock star” by The Washington Post, he has released ten albums for children and families, and earned 5 Parent’s Choice Gold Awards. Ben has published two picture books with Penguin Random House, the first of which is based on the song "Señorita Mariposa", which appears on this album.
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José V

JOSÉ VALENTINO

CO-PRODUCER, MULTI-INSTRUMENTALIST

Dr. José Valentino Ruiz is an EMMY® Award-winner and a music professor at the University of Florida who is known for his expressivity on numerous instruments and vocals. Jose is co-founder of a non-profit music education center in Guatemala that helps children learn life skills, a music coach for kids at the Diaz Music Institute, and the loving father of Luca who performs on track 4, "Ollas y Sartenes."
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Boris Milan

Boris Milan

engineer
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Venezuela

Claudia Acuña

Claudia Acuña

Vocalist
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Chile

Mica Farías Gomez

Mica Farías Gomez

Vocalist
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Argentina

Carlos H. Alvarez

Carlos H. Alvarez

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Rodney Alejandro

Rodney Alejandro

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USA

Manu Uriona

Manu Uriona

Percussionist
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Argentina

Verny Varela

Verny Varela

Percussionist
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Colombia

Carlson Barros

Carlson Barros

Co-Producer and Mix Engineer
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Brazil

Lisette Marie Diaz

Lisette Marie Diaz

Vocals
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Puerto Rico

Pamela Mireles

Pamela Mireles

violin
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Mexico

José Antonio Diaz

José Antonio Diaz

vocalist
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Puerto Rico

Robert Acevedo Jr.

Robert Acevedo Jr.

percussionist
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Puerto Rico

Benny Maldonado

Benny Maldonado

percussionist
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Puerto Rico

Eduardo Jaramillo

Eduardo Jaramillo

engineer
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Venezuela

Adrian Maldonado

Adrian Maldonado

Drummer
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USA

Joey Diaz

Joey Diaz

drummer
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USA

Jaden Suarez

Jaden Suarez

vocalist
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Bolivia

Sophia

Sophia

vocalist
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Mexico

Jorge Flynn

Jorge Flynn

Percussionist
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Puerto Rico

Luca Valentino Ruiz

Luca Valentino Ruiz

Pots & Pans
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USA

Benjamin Lapidus

Benjamin Lapidus

Guitarist
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USA

Alex Acuña

Alex Acuña

Percussionist
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Peru

Dan Thompson

Dan Thompson

Engineer
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USA

Vladimir Suarez

Vladimir Suarez

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Bolivia

Oscar Autie

Oscar Autie

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Cuba

Kenya Autie

Kenya Autie

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Cuba

Nathalia

Nathalia

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Colombia

Bruno Miranda

Bruno Miranda

Pianist
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Brazil

Derris Lee

Derris Lee

keyboardist
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USA

Scott Wilson

Scott Wilson

trumpeter
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USA

Ben Elgan

Ben Elgan

trumpeter
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USA

Viviana Guzman

Viviana Guzman

Flutist
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Chile

Katherine Jamieson

Katherine Jamieson

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