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Up Close & Personal with the "One Man Band" Raul Midon

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Up Close and Personal

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Ever since the 20th century turned into the 21st singer songwriter and guitarist Raul Midón has earned renown as one of as one of music’s most distinctive
and searching voices. He is “a one- man band…
who is spiritually connected,” according to The New
York Times, and “an eclectic adventurist,” in the
words of People magazine.
Artists from Jeff Beck to Jason Mraz are on record
as big fans, and Midón has collaborated with such
heroes as Herbie Hancock and Stevie Wonder, along
with contributing to recordings by Queen Latifah and
Snoop Dogg and the soundtrack to Spike Lee’s She Hate Me.
The New Mexico native, blind since birth, has released seven albums since 1999, including the hit
studio productions State of Mind (Manhattan/EMI,
2005), A World Within a World (Manhattan/EMI,
2007) and Synthesis (Decca/Universal, 2009).
Midón’s most recent release is the captivating CD/DVD Invisible Chains – Live from NYC,
which documents an intimate concert in Joe’s Pub
from 2012.
Attuned listeners can hear the inspirations of Donny
Hathaway and Richie Havens in his work, as well
as Sting and Paul Simon. But Midón’s questing musicality makes him, as the Huffington Post put it,
“a free man beyond category.”
Search for “Raul Midón” on YouTube and
you’ll find a clip of of him appearing on The Late Show With David Letterman in 2006. Performing
“State of Mind,” Just INCREDICLE!!

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