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Conversations with Ilan Stavans: Gustavo Santaolalla

Conversations with Ilan Stavans: Gustavo Santaolalla

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Argentine native Gustavo Santaolalla was a diehard folk musician until he heard the sounds of rock n' roll. Since then Santaolalla's music career has run on dual paths that often intersect.

As a producer of rock en español, Santaolalla pushed his groups to incorporate native music into their presentations. It is a formula that works for Mexican bands, Cafe Tacuba, Molotov, and Maldita Vecindad, regarded as some of the most innovative and successful acts in the business.

But there's more to Santaolalla than rock n' roll. The accomplished musician's 1998 album, Ronroco has been widely praised, as was his score for the hit films 21 Grams, Amores Perros and The Motorcycle Diaries.

Since appearing on WGBH's La Plaza, Santaolalla won an Academy Award in 2005 for Original Music Score for Brokeback Mountain.

Conversations with Ilan Stavans: Lila Downs

Conversations with Ilan Stavans: Lila Downs

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Mexican singing sensation Lila Downs burst on to the music scene with her stunning performance of a song from the film Frida at the 75th annual Academy Awards in 2003.

The daughter of a Mixtec-Amerindian mother and a US filmmaker/academic father, Downs, who is a native of the Mexican state of Oaxaca, has made music all of her life. She started singing Mariachi music at the age of eight, and began a formal music education at the age of 14. She recently released her fourth album, Una Sangre to many accolades and Billboard magazine describes her as "one of the most spellbinding voices to grace the world music scene." She won "Best Folk Album" at the 2005 Latin Grammy Awards.

Young Blood Musica: Marta Gómez

Young Blood Musica: Marta Gómez

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La Plaza profiles three up-and-coming Latino musicians — Marta Gómez, Rafael Alcalá, and Robert Rosario — as they rehearse and perform in Boston.

Part documentary, part performance, Young Blood Música explores the lives of three young Latino musicians who are on the cusp of success as they speak about their years of hard work, roadblocks to success, and dreams for the future.

Young Blood Musica: Rafael Alcalá

Young Blood Musica: Rafael Alcalá

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La Plaza profiles three up-and-coming Latino musicians — Marta Gómez, Rafael Alcalá, and Robert Rosario — as they rehearse and perform in Boston.

Part documentary, part performance, Young Blood Música explores the lives of three young Latino musicians who are on the cusp of success as they speak about their years of hard work, roadblocks to success, and dreams for the future.

Young Blood Musica: Robert Rosario

Young Blood Musica: Robert Rosario

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La Plaza profiles three up-and-coming Latino musicians — Marta Gómez, Rafael Alcalá, and Robert Rosario — as they rehearse and perform in Boston.

Part documentary, part performance, Young Blood Música explores the lives of three young Latino musicians who are on the cusp of success as they speak about their years of hard work, roadblocks to success, and dreams for the future.


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La Plaza profiles three up-and-coming Latino musicians — Marta Gómez, Rafael Alcalá, and Robert Rosario — as they rehearse and perform in Boston.

Part documentary, part performance, Young Blood Música explores the lives of three young Latino musicians who are on the cusp of success as they speak about their years of hard work, roadblocks to success, and dreams for the future.

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