Brilliant One-Man Band Touring Europe – The Berlin Spectator

Raul Midón has developed a unique way of composing and playing his instrument. He basically created his own genre. There is only one Raul Midón. And he’s coming to Europe. Dresden is on his tour plan.

Sofia/Bulgaria, February 12, 2022 (The Berlin Spectator) — In 2005, something happened. ‘State of Mind’ is released, Raul Midón’s third studio album, but the first that has attracted a lot of attention, including outside the United States of America. When he performed the title track, his audience looked at him in awe.

Beautiful and moving

Midón, a genius guitarist and singer from New Mexico, introduced the guitar slap to the world. The way he used his instrument as three instruments namely guitar, bass guitar and drums impressed and mesmerized his growing fan base. On top of all that, his songs were, and still are, as beautiful as they are moving.

Since then, Raul Midón has performed both solo and with his band. He recorded five more studio albums and a new live disc. He was also twice nominated for the Grammys. In one case, it was his 2017 album “Bad Ass and Blind,” which he actually is. He earned the other Grammy nomination for the 2018 album “If You Really Want” which featured the Netherlands’ Metropole Orchestra.

He obviously doesn’t need groups, because he is one when he goes on stage alone. But he seems to enjoy having fellow musicians around him. Maybe he wants some of his concerts to include louder beats, or he likes to have the accompaniment once in a while.

“Bad Ass and Blind”

Early in his career he worked with artists like Shakira, Alejandro Sanz, Julio Iglesias and Jose Feliciano as a backing vocalist. Yes, they are all artists of Latin American origin. They chose him because he is brilliant and because he sings in English and Spanish without any accent. Her father was Argentinian, her mother African-American.

As newborns, Raul Midón and his twin brother were placed in an incubator in a rural hospital. Since they didn’t have the eye protection they needed, they went blind. During a recent concert, Midón said that the title of his album “Bad Ass and Blind” was a kind of “coming out”, because people had hardly ever asked him about his blindness until then.

There is only one Raul Midón. Photo: Raul Midon

His disability does not prevent him from doing anything. At home in the United States, he had a recording studio built. It contains technology that allows blind people to make recordings without assistance.

Message songs galore

A track titled “Mi Amigo Cubano” is one of the finest tracks Raul Midón has recorded. He wrote the piece with soul legend Bill Withers and translated it into Spanish, which was Withers’ idea. The result is phenomenal. At the same time, calling any of Midón’s tracks “one of the finest” is counterproductive because they all are.

And most of them are songs with a message, which means that Raul Midón is not the kind of artist who would sing what everyone sings, but a real singer-songwriter. “Gotta give a lot of love before my time is up” is the chorus of “Gotta Gotta Give,” another brilliant track from him. ‘Sunshine I can Fly’ is a fascinating example of the material he recorded with the Metropole Orchestra. His Bossa Nova-influenced tunes are also breathtaking.

Oh yes, there is more good news: none other than Raul Midón is coming to Europe, for a tour that will take him to France, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Germany. ¡Welcome! The American stage is only a few days away. Tampa, Miami Beach, Aspen and Portsmouth (New Hampshire) are on the list.

Then, on April 21, 2022, he must perform in Clermont-Ferrand (France), before going to London, Eindhoven (Netherlands), Basel (Switzerland) and Dresden. Here, Midón will take to the stage of the ‘Alter Schlachthof’.

Raul Midón’s full tour schedule can be accessed on his website.
Tickets for his concert in Dresden are available here.

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