The Landfall Music Festival starts this week. The Landfall Music Festival is the Legion Arts’ World Music festival that has taken place since 2008. Like last year, the festival will take place at Greene Square Park in downtown Cedar Rapids. Boasting 16 bands from all around the globe, it will run from Wednesday, September 22 to Saturday, September 25. There will not be any performances at CSPS as it is under construction due to remodeling.
One of the bands I’m looking forward to see is Cordero from Brooklyn, NY. Cordero is a Rock/Latin Rock band fronted by Ani Cordero. Following a very busy run touring in a blur indie bands– including a stint as the drummer Tweety Tone for Man Or Astroman? all-girl “clone” band the Gamma Clones— she moved to Tucson for a brief time. With help from Tucson music scene regulars Howe Gelb of Giant Sand, Joey Burns of Calexico, Naim Amor of Amor Belhoum Duo she self-released her first album Deserter in 2000. Shortly on the heels of this she moved to Brooklyn to assemble what would become Cordero, the band. The band signed to Amy Ray of Indigo Girls record label Daemon Records where they released two albums: 2002’s Lamb Lost in the City and 2004’s Somos Cordero.
In 2006 Cordero signed with Bloodshot Records (home of Alejandro Escovedo, Neko Case, Split Lip Rayfield and Ha Ha Tonka among many others). They have released two albums here: 2006’s En Este Momento and 2008’s De Donde Eres. Up until De Donde Eres, the releases from Cordero have been largely bilingual– in an interview around the release of En Este Momento, Ani said that she is comfortable writing in either Spanish or English. To that end, she said that she doesn’t even plan which language she’s going to write a particular song in. With De Donde Eres the whole album was in Spanish. Ani found that writing this album in her native tongue a catharsis following a string of unfortunate events in her life and those around her. The result is a particularly moving album and possibly her most personal effort to date.
Ani reports from the Cordero Facebook page that they have finished recording the follow-up to De Donde Eres. Produced by Sergio Eres of the venerable Os Mutantes, Cordero has left some hints about the album in the wall feed. Back in March, Ani reported that she had just returned from Las Vegas with material recorded there as well as some field recordings from Puerto Rico– so we can expect some interesting texture to these recordings.
Cordero will be finishing up the Friday night lineup of the Landfall Music Festival starting at 7:30PM. The Landfall Music Festival does not have a cover charge– but graciously accepts donations.
Cordero, “Ruleta Rusa” from Bloodshot Records on Vimeo.
Click Here to visit Cordero’s Website
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Click Here to listen to “Ruleta Rusa” from De Donde Eres.
The Landfall Music Festival Schedule is: (borrowed from the Legion Arts Website)
|Wed Sep 22||Dragon Knights, various times|
|Barbara Furtuna (France), 6-7:15 pm *|
|Mahala Rai Banda (Romania), 7:15-8:45 pm|
|Thu Sep 23||Dragon Knights, various times|
|Red Baraat (India / USA), 6-7:15 pm|
|Barbara Furtuna (France), 6:45-8 pm *|
|Cimmarón (Colombia), 7:30-8:45 pm|
|Fri Sept 24||Kenge Kenge (Kenya), 6-7:15 pm|
|Portico Quartet (England), 6:45-8 pm *|
|Cordero (Mexico / USA), 7:30-8:45 pm|
|Sat Sept 25||Turkana (Turkey / USA), 1:35-2:45 pm|
|Salaam (Iraq / USA), 2-3:15 pm *|
|Calle Sur (Colombia / Panama / USA), 4-5:15 pm|
|Zedashe Ensemble (Georgia), 5:30-6:45 pm|
|Salaam (Iraq / USA), 6:30-7:45 pm *|
|Nation Beat (Brazil / USA), 7-8:15 pm|
|The Sway Machinery (USA), 8:30-9:45 pm|
|Performances marked * take place in First Presbyterian Church. Artists and schedule subject to change. For the latest updates visit this Website.|