Carla Morrison to Take Part in Special Panel at This Year’s Latin Alternative Music Conference

Carla Morrison is opening up about being creative while in quarantime…

The Latin Alternative Music Conference (LAMC) has announced the panelists and performers for their 2021 virtual event, including the 34-year-old Mexican singer and composer.

Carla Morrison

Morrison is scheduled to appear in a panel entitled “The Creative Process in Pandemic Times.” She’ll appear alongside Guaynaa, Eduardo Cabra, Alizzz, Aureo Baqueiro and Universal Music Latin‘s Aldo González.

 

For the second edition of its “Wonder Women of Latin Music” event, this year’s honorees and panelists include Sony Music‘s Maria Fernández, ASCAP‘s Gabriela González, Universal Music Spain‘s Alicia Arauzo, YouTube‘s Sandra Jimenez, Warner Music Latin‘s Gabriela Martinez and The Orchard‘s Laura Tesoriero.

Other panels include “Afro-Latino!” The panel includes producer Sergio George and artists Mabiland, Fidel Nadal, Carlos Alomar, La Dame Blanche and Akapellah.

The touring panel will focus on the topic of “Post Pandemic Touring” with CMN‘s Henry Cardenas, OCESA‘s Andrés Sánchez, WME‘s Richard Lom, Seitrack‘s Javier Montemayor, PopArt Music‘s Diego Sáenz and Electric Feel Entertainment‘s Austin Barmak. Other panels set to take place are “Publishing and Opportunities,” “Rompan Todo Y Ahora Qué?,” “Streaming Strategies,” “Digital Marketing and Promotions” and “Exploring Alternative Revenue Sources.”

Showcasing performers for this year include Vanessa Zamora, Silvana Estrada, Los Master Plus, KHEA, YENDRY, Niña Dioz, among many others.

Like last year, the 22nd annual LAMC will offer free registration for panels, workshops and showcases. For the latest on the LAMC’s schedule and to register, click here.

Mala Rodriguez to Perform During the Virtual Edition of the Latin Alternative Music Conference

Mala Rodriguez is offering a special alternative for people stuck at home during this coronavirus pandemic.

The 41-year-old Spanish Latin Grammy-winning rapper will take this in this year’s Latin Alternative Music Conference, which will be held live online.

Mala Rodriguez

This year, the annual Latin Alternative Music Conference will officially kick off on Tuesday, June 9 withg a variety of virtual industry panels, workshops and showcases that will live.

Amid the global COVID-19 pandemic and as the nation begins to reopen gradually, the LAMC‘s five-day virtual conference includes timely panels like “The Future of Touring” with panelists Jordi Puig (OCESA), Phil Rodriguez (Move Concerts) and Sebastian De la Barra (Lotus Producciones).

And, “Mental Health and the Creative Community” presented by MusiCares and the Latin Grammys featuring Carla MorrisonKany GarcíaAna Tijoux and Guaynaa.

LAMC’s Talks with Billboard Latin will feature Leila Cobo‘s fireside chats with Walter Kolm and ChocQuibTown‘s GloriaGoyo” Martínez.’

Rodriguez will perform on June 9 as part of peermusic‘s showcase. Other participating artists include Thee SinseersGaby Moreno and Lido Pimienta.

Francisca ValenzuelaTatiana HazelLos Caligaris, among others will perform during the LAMC. 

On closing night, LAMC will celebrate Pride Month with performances by Kany García, MabilandCirco and Javiera Mena.

“Providing a forum to discuss the issues we face and the potential solutions that lie ahead is key as we look towards the future,” LAMC founder Tomas Cookman said in a previous statement. “Although the days ahead may be slightly different for a time, we should always keep in mind there is very much a future as music is a human and global emotion. We are lending our hand by making the conference free for all and having a team of professionals join us in making sure the LAMC experience is as informative and technologically seamless as can be.”

Check out the full schedule on the LAMC website.

Mirella Cesa to Perform at Verano Alternativo Showcase During the Latin Alternative Music Conference

Mirella Cesa is hitting the Big Apple

The 33-year-old Ecuadorian singer, who has been called the “mother of Andipop,” will take part in a summer showcase spotlighting some of the most innovative Latin indie music acts.

Mirella Cesa

Co-sponsored by BMI and taking place during the Latin Alternative Music Conference, Verano Alternativo will take place on July 10.

The event will also feature Latin Grammy-nominated Mr. Pauer, MitreVivanativa, PJ Sin Suela, Cheryl Rivera and Maréh.

“New York City has such a rich musical history, and this showcase will give fans and industry executives alike an opportunity to tap into that and hear what’s trending in Latin music,” said Joey Mercado, BMI executive director, creative, Latin Music, adding that some of the genres represented will include rock, hip-hop and electronic, among others.

The free event takes place at Drom, 85 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009 at 6:00 pm ET.

For more information, follow @bmi and #BMILAMC.

Mon Laferte to Perform at LAMC’s Central Park SummerStage

Mon Laferte is headed to the Big Apple…

Organizers of the annual Latin Alternative Music Conference have unveiled its Central Park SummerStage lineup, with the 33-year-old Chilean singer-songwriter and actress among the performers.

Mon Laferte

In addition to Mon Laferte, the list of performers includes psychedelic Los Angeles-based band Chicano Batman, Puerto Rican artist IFÉ, Venezuelan group La Vida Boheme, multifaceted NYC musician Princess Nokia and Argentine reggae group Los Pericos.

Mon Laferte, IFÉ and Princess Nokia will perform at SummerStage on July 12, while the other three artists will take the stage on closing night July 15.

The fest will take place on July 12-15 in New York.

Now in its 18th edition, LAMC, known as the “Sundance of Latin Music,” will take place at the Stewart Hotel, featuring keynote speakers, industry panels, showcases and other events that will be announced leading up to the conference.

Last year’s fest included performances by Grammy-winning artist iLe, Las Robertas and Sexy Zebras.

 

For registration info, click here.

Sariñana to Perform at This Year’s Latin Alternative Music Conference (LAMC)

Ximena Sariñana is making alternative plans for the summer…

The 29-year-old Mexican singer-songwriter is set to perform at this year’s Latin Alternative Music Conference.

Ximena Sariñana

Taking place at the Central Park Summerstage and St. Mary’s Park in the Bronx, the event will also feature a performance by Vicentico, best known as the lead singer of Los Fabulosos Cadillacs.

He’ll headline a Saturday show with his own band on July 11, when Sariñana and critics’ favorites No Te Va Gustar, Uruguay’s most popular rock band, will also perform.

Mexican Institute of Sound’s Camilo Lara and DJ/producer Toy Selectah, performing together as Compass, will be featured at Summerstage on July 8. They’ll be joined by Colombian electro-cumbia outfit Systema Solar and the bilingual electronic music artist known as Helado Negro.

At a July 7 show at St. Mary’s, DJ Afro — aka Los Amigos InvisiblesJose Luis Pardo — shares the bill with “Our Latin Thing,” a tribute to the music of salsa founders the Fania Allstars and their ’70s scene by 17 singers and musicians.

Now in its 16th year, the LAMC is an annual date for lovers of diverse Latin sounds and tastemakers of all stripes. This year’s event will include several days of industry panels and presentations at the Affinia Manhattan Hotel, and showcases around the New York City area that can be attended by the public.

Blades May Sign with Nacional Records

Rubén Blades is looking to become a Nacional star…

The 64-year-old Panamanian salsa singer/songwriter/actor, is looking to make Los Angeles-based Nacional Records the possible home for his new music, according to Billboard.com.

Rubén Blades

Blades, who spoke at this week’s Latin Alternative Music Conference (LAMC) in New York, said he was still unsigned with several music projects on the way.

The singer also confirmed he has two upcoming feature films in the works, including The Counselor with Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Brad Pitt and John Leguizamo.

“I’m not signed to a label,” said Blades during an interview at the conference, adding that he’s been working on several projects including the re-recording of his music from his time at Fania, the salsa label that was co-founded in the mid ’60s by Dominican-born composer Johnny Pacheco.

Tomas Cookman, who founded the LAMC, owns Nacional Records and confirmed that he had a weekend meeting with Blades about working with the singer.

“We had an amazing time together,” said Cookman. “The coming weeks will get us closer to potential next steps. I can’t wait.”

So it looks like Blades, who is also attached to the feature Hands of Stone with Robert De Niro, could have a bright future at Nacional.

“We’re going to look forward [to meeting with Blades in the upcoming weeks],” Cookman said. “He’s so beloved. It’s an exciting time for Nacional Records. We have plans to expand in 2014.”

Morrison Discusses English-Language Single “The Truth” at LAMC Conference

She’s best known for Spanish-language songs like “Déjenme Llorar” and “Compartir”… But the truth is Carla Morrison has a new single en ingles that’s just as memorable.

The 26-year-old Mexico-born alt-rock singer-songwriter, a two-time Latin Grammy winner, took part in the 14th edition of the Latin Alternative Music Conference (LAMC) this week in New York.

Carla Morrison

“It’s not always about the song,” Morrison declared during the “DIY 2.0” panel, referring to the use of social media.

Morrison, known for pop songs with some bite, recently recorded her first English-language song as a soloist and released it without telling many people.

During her most recent tour Morrison has been performing “The Truth” and her die-hard fans seem to be appreciating the love ballad, which features the ukulele.

“If I had told my managers about the song they would probably have come up with some kind of strategy in releasing it,” Morrison said, who instead wanted to keep her new musical inspiration low-key.

While it’s still unclear if Morrison will record an all-English album, she’s definitely interested in exploring the idea.

Morrison performed a short set at the LAMC Acoustic Showcase at S.O.B.’s on Thursday night, with Astro, Alex Anwandter, Torreblanca, Catupecu Manchu, Sol Fernandez, Mitre, Ulises Hadjis and Viniloversus also performing.

A much fuller show featuring Morrison and her band was scheduled to take place on Saturday, from 3 to 7 p.m., at the LAMC/Central Park SummerStage Show at Rumsey Playfield entrance (72nd Street and 5th Avenue).

Saturday’s lineup also includes Julieta Venegas and Anwandter, while Morrison plans to perform “The Truth.”