Alih Jey is an artist that makes you willingly change your plans so you could witness her live. With an impressive self-paved career — being the first Dominican musician to be nominated for a Latin Grammy for Best Rock Solo Vocal Album, a lengthy discography, and earning a BMI award in 2016 for co-writing Ricky Martin’s hit single “Adrenalina” — Jey returns to Los Angeles after performing multiple stints and fests in preparation of her new project.
For the second installment of chido/chevere/cool, a new monthly showcase, Thursday April 18th at The Hi Hat, the night will feature an assortment of boleros and tropical/alternative Latin vibes at Highland Park. Alongside Jey and Cuñao, the night will also bring KCRW’s DJ Jose Galvan, Loyal Lobos, The Bumbys, and El Mañana.
On Jey’s single “Mi Debilidad” and forthcoming album, Soy De Peña, the project becomes a tribute to her father Aníbal De Peña, who had a profound impact during the Dominican Republic’s Golden Age of music within the ’60s-70s. Teaming up with Cuñao on the single, “Mi Debilidad,” is a reimagined result and fresh nod at the classics, with an undeniable passion.
“While remaking ‘Mi Debilidad,’ I changed the time signature from 4/4 to 6/8, because it just felt right to me! And it turns out that the new version sounds a lot like an older genre from the 1860s in the Dominican Republic called the Dominican ‘criolla’. I realized the lyrics and melody of my father’s original bolero song combined with my triple time variation and Cuñao’s stripped down arrangements, gave it that criolla feel. It was pretty exciting! The criolla’s precursor is actually the ‘barcarola’ of Venice, Italy (a rhythm reminiscent of the gondolier’s stroke, almost invariably in 6/8 meter at a moderate tempo), that got to the DR in the 1850s! Hence, the triple meter characteristic,” says Jey.
Soy De Peña was produced by Cameron Bartolini and is set for release in May of 2019.
Tickets are $10 at the door, $8 pre-sale, and the show is 21+. More information, visit the event page.