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Yordano will celebrate 40 years of career with a rock album

The material will be released in the coming months and includes 10 songs, five of them unreleased

Yordano announced a new album titled “Ida y Volver”. In the album he travels to his childhood and adolescence, and becomes a rocker after forty years of experience.

A decade after the diagnosis of bone marrow cancer, which almost killed him, the 72-year-old musician told EFE that he is in good health. He also says that he musically returns to the present “with the best sounds and memories.”

The album, which will be released in the coming months, has 10 songs, five of them unreleased. It is completed with versions of rock songs by other artists, the most important in his life.

Its first delivery this June is “The last train“, a Spanish version of “Downtown Train”, by American singer and songwriter Tom Waits. “Wild Horses”, by the Rolling Stones, and “For No One”, by the Beatles, in their voice and style will come later.

“The creation process of this album has been going on for more than two years,” Yordano revealed. The idea was born during the isolation of the covid-19 pandemic. “It was a complicated process due to the issue of rights,” but he managed to resolve it, he says.

There were several left in the pipeline, but the one that hurt the most was “Purple Rain,” by Prince, which “I still hope to be able to release one day.”

More than versions

The songs chosen by Yordarno are not only “jewels of music,” as he describes, but they are also part of his musical training.

He clarified that the Spanish versions are more than translations.

“You cannot make a direct translation. You have to look for words that work with the music, but that respect the song and the intention,” she explained.

The Venezuelan singer-songwriter also told EFE that he spent years playing with the terms in English and Spanish. Additionally, he focused on video and written interviews, in which artists explain their songs and the stories behind them.

“I wanted each word to be loyal to the decisions of the original artist,” he stressed.

“Words are important and in times like the one we live in, in which music is made with such simple and rude words, it became imperative for me to take care of them even more,” he said.

His passion for musical and lyrical poetry is not new. When the Yordano songs emerged in Venezuela in 1984, one of the phrases most used to describe him was “urban poet.” With him a musical revolution was born that combined tropical jazz, with rock sounds, Cuban son, elements of rancheras and pop.

Memories take him to the day the first record player entered his house in Caracas, when he was about 5 years old.

“He arrived with three albums, one by Bola de Nieve (Havana, 1911-1971), one by (classical music director George) Gershwin (Los Angeles 1898-1937) and one by rock'n'roll,” he says.

“It's everything that formed me. “It's what I did and continue to do,” she said.

Imminent visit

In the coming weeks, Yordano will be in Venezuela, a country that he considers both his own and strange. After being born in Rome, his family emigrated to the South American country in his childhood. They then returned to Italy and returned to Caracas when the artist entered his adolescence.

“I was an immigrant twice as a child and now I am again. It is an experience that is also part of my music,” she acknowledges. His last stage in New York is a product of his cancer. There, it was where he received the bone marrow transplant that gave him his future back and where his doctors are.

For Yordano, his home is still Venezuela.

There he gave a free concert to more than 30.000 people in February, and has other presentations planned.

Contact with the public excites him, but on this occasion he will be named honorary in the Arts next month at the University of Los Andes, in the northwestern city of Mérida.

“It is a very special recognition,” he says after acknowledging that he is “very excited.”

“Plus, I'll be able to earn more money,” he says jokingly.

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