Raúl Paz uno de los exponentes de lo que se dio en llamar a finales de la década de 1990 como “nueva música latina”, una vertiente de creadores caribeños que escapaban de los clichés del son, las playas y el ron como únicos rasgos distintivos de la nación insular.
As soon as you hear a performance by guitarist, singer and composer Raul Midon, you're struck by the versatility of his musical knowledge. Following in the bebop tradition, he's fond of conjuring up musical references throughout his work. A bit of tango here, a standard jazz lick there, some operatic scatting, and a taste of the Miami Latin beat in the next tune. His musical idiom is all his own. And it's the product of experience, lots of talent, and an insatiable curiosity for interesting sounds, fueled in part by his life long blindness. Midon approaches his guitar and his voice as percussion instruments. And his vocal flexibility is one of his most recognizable assets. Raul Midon performed at the Zoellner Arts Center at Lehigh University and is featured this week on On Canvas. Elisabeth Perez Luna reports.