June 20, 2008
By James Klein
New York (KPRENSA) On March 6th, Julieta Venegas recorded the show “Julieta Venegas MTV Unplugged” in Studios Churubusco in Mexico City. The special hour long program marked the twentieth production of MTV Unplugged for MTV Latin America.
“Julieta Venegas MTV Unplugged” is available this week as a CD and DVD.
The Julieta Venegas MTV Unplugged project provides an acoustic platform for the Tijuana native to debut new songs and perform some of her biggest hits in an intimate setting before a live audience. The CD and DVD features elaborate arrangements, very interesting instrumentation and surprising artist collaborations,
“I am very happy about doing this project with MTV. It really was a great challenge for me to recreate the music I have already composed and take it to another level” commented Julieta. “This show was important not only for what an Unplugged represents, but also for what it means to me musically.”
Venegas was joined onstage by two-time Oscar winner Gustavo Santaolalla, who accompanied her with a six-string banjo and background vocals for “Algún Día”, and renowned Brazilian singer, Marisa Monte, for “Ilusión,” a new song with Spanish and Portuguese lyrics. Also, Spain’s La Mala Rodríguez provided a strong hip-hop infusion on “Eres Para Mí”, while Porter’s lead singer, Juan Carlos Son, joined the Mexican sensation for a unique performance of “De Mis Pasos.” In addition, Natalia Lafourcade formed part of Venegas’ orchestra playing various instruments throughout the evening, while accomplished Brazilian composer/arranger, Jacques Morelenbaum, accompanied Venegas on cello for “Cómo Sé.” Venegas closed the evening with her popular hit “Me Voy.”
The next step in Julieta’s career
Julieta Venegas is known not only for her musical talent and as a gifted songwriter, but also for her distinct interpretive style which has allowed her to take her music outside of her native Mexico. Having been invited by various artists to collaborate musically and with her voice, Venegas has demonstrated her remarkable talent and acceptance internationally.
Venegas’ last studio album Limón y Sal achieved triple platinum and gold status in Mexico, United States, Chile and Argentina, in addition to almost receiving double platinum status in Spain. Limón y Sal also achieved gold status in Central America, Colombia, Switzerland and Venezuela and her music was edited for the first time with this album in Italy and Switzerland where it has been widely accepted. Throughout her 11-year career, Venegas has garnered several international awards including a 2004 Latin Grammy for “Best Alternative Music Album.” In 2004, she was the big winner at the MTV Video Music Awards Latin America, garnering three trophies: “Artist of the Year,” “Best Solo Artist” and “Best Artist Mexico.” Venegas was also named “Best Solo Artist” at Los Premios MTV Latin America 2006 and “Best Pop Artist” at Los Premios MTV Latin America 2007.
The importance of MTV Unplugged
The MTV Unplugged series creates a space where artists can reinvent their music and perform new and well-known songs in an intimate, acoustic setting before a live audience. The series premiered on MTV U.S. in 1989 with the British rock band Squeeze, while MTV Latin America produced its first episode with Argentine band Fabulosos Cadillacs in 1994. To date, MTV has produced more than 100 MTV Unpluggeds internationally, 19 of which have been produced by MTV Latin America.
MTV Latin America’s MTV Unplugged concert series includes 19 productions that have prompted recognition from several industry giants. The Ricky Martin MTV Unplugged won two 2007 Latin Grammy awards in the categories of “Male Pop Vocal Album” and “Best Long Form Music Video.” The Alejandro Sanz MTV Unplugged won three 2002 Latin Grammy awards for “Album of the Year,” “Record of the Year” and “Song of the Year.” Mexican band Maná received a Latin Grammy in the “Best Pop Group or Duo” category for their 2000 MTV Unplugged. In 2002, Colombian sensation Shakira garnered a Grammy and two Latin Grammy awards for her MTV Unplugged album and most recently, Diego Torres quadrupled sales in the US and received a “Best Latin Pop Album” Grammy nomination for his MTV Unplugged compilation in 2004.