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The following review was written by Randy Zahara, manager of the Kelowna Community Theatre in British Columbia, Canada:

On April 19, 2011 something amazing happened at the Kelowna Community Theatre, and although, widely anticipated, the impact on the audience was completely unexpected.

Fernando Varela, one of the world’s most promising young tenors took the stage and moved the audience with a performance that was an emotionally beautiful, completely entertaining and captivating blend of classical opera and classic rock. As the manager of the Kelowna Community Theatre, I have attended many great performances over the past eight years, however, I have never before witnessed such a powerful post-event audience reaction.

Fernando began the concert singing the classic “Granada’, in the wings out of sight of the audience and before he had walked the short distance to the microphone stand at centre stage he had already won the audience over. The person I was sitting beside and I just looked at one another, both mouthing the same words, “Oh, My God!” From the very beginning of the concert, through to the final notes of the encore, which was a brilliantly arranged blending of “O Solo Mio” with “It’s Now or Never” ( where Fernando holds an incredibly powerful note for an unheard of, full thirty seconds), was a span of over two hours, but, under Fernando’s spell, the time seemed to go by in a matter of minutes.

Listening to the audience reaction to the various songs throughout the concert was also a unique experience, as it became very clear that Fernando had attracted a broad spectrum of music lovers, from those who started cheering at the first few notes of Nessun Dorma, to the screams that erupted at the beginning of the Bohemian Rhapsody, to the people singing along to Orbison’s “Pretty Women”, to the women I saw weeping openly at Fernando’s delivery of Elvis’s “American Trilogy”. Although they all may have come with a specific genre of music in mind, they all left united by the brilliance and power of Fernando’s performance and of an evening that was pure magic.
It has taken me three days to write this review, as I have needed the time to truly absorb what I had witnessed the evening Fernando performed at the Kelowna Community Theatre, and in that time I have had numerous people telephone me, email me, drop into my office and stop me in the street to let me know how moved they had been by Fernando’s performance, and what an unbelievable experience it had been for them. As I have already mentioned, I saw women weeping openly, unable to speak immediately after the concert as they had been moved so emotionally by Fernando’s voice and grace on stage, and, I, myself, at one point, laughed out loud, at the surprise of hearing a sustained note of such purity, power and beauty that it was completely unexpected, and I had no personal reference for witnessing such an amazing musical moment.

I would be remiss if I did not mention the stellar group of musicians who accompanied Fernando Varela on stage, as they were nothing less than absolutely brilliant. Ron Paley on Piano is one of the finest musical arrangers and concert pianists in North America, and his sense of how to exploit the incomparable talent of Fernando Varela was a significant contribution to the success of the evening. On Bass, Gord Maxwell was flawless and his supporting harmonies were pitch perfect. The drummer, Murray Smith was fabulous, with an accurate and crisp style that showed his experience and also a deep understanding and grasp of the arrangements created by Ron Paley. On lead guitar was Mr. Lee Worden who’s solo’s were another one of the many highlights of the evening and who truly showed off his talent when he tackled Bohemian Rhapsody with all the skills of a Brian May.

Judging by the number of people who told us after the performance that it had been the best concert they had ever attended, I think that Fernando’s promise to return to the Kelowna Community Theatre in the not too distant future, will be one event that Packing the House Productions will have no problem selling tickets for.

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My brother, Fernando Varela, whose career is beginning to soar and will be singing live in Canada later week in a return engagement, recently sang a bilingual version of Coldplay’s YELLOW in front of a live audience. The song, which I translated into Spanish with Fernando, was dedicated to our two-year-old cousin, who died on April 4 in an accident in Puerto Rico.

Our little angel, look how he shines for you

Look at the stars, see how they shine for you. This message of pure love is one we would love to share with everyone out there!

Peace to you all,

Julio and Fernando

Click on this link here to listen to the song, recorded live in Florida this week:

Fernando Varela Sings a Bilingual Version of Coldplay’s Yellow Live in Concert

Here are the lyrics:

Estrellas ves,
Pa’ ti te brillarán,
Y todo que harás,
And they were all yellow
I came along
I wrote a song for you
And all the things you do
And it was called Yellow
Así me toca a mí
Con todo que yo ví
And it was all yellow
Tu piel
Tu piel y huesos son
Tan bellos, hermosos de sudor
Sabes que, que si te quiero yo
que si te quiero yo
Nadé el mar
Salté a verte ya
Y todo que harás,
Cause you were all yellow
La recta va
A ti te llegará
Pa’ todo que harás
Cause you were all yellow
Tu piel
Tu piel y huesos son
Tan bellos, hermosos de sudor
Sabes que, que sangraré por ti
que sangraré por ti
It’s true, look how they shine for you
look how they shine for you
look how they shine for you
pa’ ti te brillarán
pa’ ti te brillarán
pa’ ti te (and) brillan
Look at the stars, look how they shine for you, and all the things you do

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Today, there is no talk about politics, writing, social media, Whole Foods, LATISM, or Being Latino. Today, we celebrate the new album by The Strokes.

Pure brilliance. Enjoy!

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Yup, it’s Friday and it means it’s #VivaViernes time. Here are the five songs I am listening to enjoy my work day. What’s on your playlist?

1. “La bolsa” by Bersuit Vergabat (Argentina)

2. “Ingrata” by Café Tacvba (Mexico)

3. “En el muelle de San Blas” by Maná (Mexico)

4. “Si hoy” by Entre Ríos (Argentina)

5. “Matador” by Los Fabulosos Cadilacs (Argentina)

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I am excited.

For this very simple reason: @gopalo (non Twitter name is PALO!), one of the first bands to embrace #LATISM, will be in Boston this weekend, playing at Ryles in Inman Sqaure. This very talented and unique group from Miami is starting to make national appearances, and I can’t wait to be there. I had a chance this week to speak with Palo! member Steve Roitsein, and we talked about how social media is the perfect forum to promote a band’s music.

PALO!

 

PALO! has become a favorite among South Florida’s live music devotees. The group plays a style of extremely danceable music they call “Afro-Cuban Funk”. Their appeal lies in their unmatched musical energy, catchy original songs, and amazing display of impromptu virtuosity. A mix of Latin and Urban sounds gives PALO! their unique, infectious style.

JRV: Why social media?
STEVE: All of the members of PALO! are very sociable and friendly. I represent PALO! on Twitter and Facebook but we all like to communicate with our friends and fans. Facebook and Twitter make that very convenient.

JRV: Has social media helped increase your audience?
STEVE: Definitely. Sometimes people will look on Facebook and see that their friends like PALO! so this helps them discover us. Often, a Twitter conversation about another topic, like Cuban food, for instance (one of my favorite subjects) will lead people to find out more about who they’re Tweeting with. Then they’ll click on the profile @gopalo and then Our PALO! site where they hear the music. Usually this gets a positive response, like “Wow, that’s amazing music!” They often follow this up by finding out where we’re performing or wanting to buy our music.

JRV: Palo! is unofficial band of Latinos in Social Media. How has LATISM helped your band’s promotion?
STEVE: LATISM has introduced me to all kinds of wonderful people. Since many people on LATISM speak Spanish, they can appreciate PALO!’s lyrics. Also, many are bi-cultural and like our blend of Funk beats with Afro-Cuban sounds. People on the LATISM chats seem to be open to networking; we’ve even obtained gigs from chatting on LATISM! Thanks, Julio!

JRV: You are starting to play in venues far away from Miami. Why do you think that is so?
STEVE: It seems like our music appeals to many different people; PALO! has fans all over the world. Just look at PALO on Facebook and you’ll see. I think the recent increase in shows outside of South Florida is just due to venues and promoters becoming aware of us and wanting to invite us to perform. Social Media has certainly helped in creating this awareness.

JRV: How is 2011 looking like for the band?
STEVE: As our conga player Philbert would say, “¡Como los dioses!” In 2011, we hope to continue to perform for our friends in other cities and countries, and keep on funkin’ up South Florida as always. We’re currently working on our second album, which we hope to release this year as well. Stay in touch: it’s gonna be slammin’!!!

Want to see Palo! in Boston? Buy your tickets ($10 each) here: BUY PALO! TICKETS.

Still not convinced? Listen to one of PALO!’s songs right on their site!

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The Fernando Varela musical adventure continues. Fernando, an amazing vocal talent, producer, and performer, and his team have launched a brand-new site at FernandoVarela.com. The site contains Fernando’s new tag line, “Where Classical Meets Classic Rock,” as well as new photos, videos, and the latest 2011 tour information.

Fernando, who is represented by Mascioli Entertainment, has also understood the power of social media to get his music and videos to his fan base. As his older brother, using social media to share my brother’s amazing talent has been a joy. We will never forget the early support we received, especially from Twitter rockstars @ginidietrich, @justinthesouth, and @adriandayton. We will also NEVER forget the amazing love and support from organizations such as Latinos in Social Media and Being Latino. They were all quick to recognize what has been clear to me and the rest of my family: Fernando’s voice, talent, and performance style is WORLD CLASS and he is destined to become a major global star. A little fun facts about what has been accomplished on social media in sharing the talent of Fernando Varela:

  • When we started, Fernando Varela’s Facebook Fan Page in January of 2009, we had 3 fans: me, Fernando, and my dad. Today, we have close to 18,000.
  • Fernando’s Sonico page, primarily intended for the Latin American market, has over 50,000 fans.
  • Fernando’s version of “Por ti volaré” is still the #1-searched version of that song on iTunes. That means that since the song was released in December 2008, more people on iTunes have downloaded Fernando Varela’s version of “Por ti volaré” than any other artist’s version. Here is tonight’s screen capture for that song:

We think 2011 is THE YEAR for Fernando. He is positioned to expand his social network and continue to grow. We leave you with one of his new videos. Enjoy!

 

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