Felix Contreras

Felix Contreras appears in the following:

Charles Lloyd & Jason Moran: Tiny Desk Concert

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

In performance together, the venerated saxophonist and the ubiquitous pianist perform three tunes that draw from their past while still looking to the future.


First Listen: Agustín Lira, 'Songs Of Hope And Struggle'

Thursday, June 16, 2016

The California musician, along with his musical partner Patricia Wells, adapt their message of social justice for modern times, while maintaining the same inspirational lyrics and conviction.


Alt.Latino Takes On Classical Composers

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Alt.Latino host Felix Contreras teams up with NPR classical music maven Tom Huizenga to talk about composers from Mexico, Puerto Rico and Brazil, delighting host Linda Wertheimer.


A Guided Tour Of Colombian Music, From The Mountains To The Coasts

Thursday, June 09, 2016

Veteran radio host Betto Arcos has just returned from a trip to Colombia, and he comes to Alt.Latino bearing gifts — including a deep dive into the country's best folk and contemporary music.


We Are Everywhere: Latin Alternative Music In Unlikely Places

Thursday, June 02, 2016

As Latino populations grow in locations far from large urban centers, local music scenes are thriving. This week, Alt.Latino showcases a few artists from places off the beaten path.


Carrie Rodriguez: Tiny Desk Concert

Friday, May 27, 2016

On her new album Lola, Rodriguez's bi-cultural life blossoms into a spectacular collection of stories and songs, several of which she performs in this Tiny Desk concert with guitarist Luke Jacobs.


Thelma & Luis: An Alt.Latino Road Trip With Attitude

Thursday, May 26, 2016

The lure of the open road was too much to resist this week, so Alt.Latino turns the volume up on a collection that includes Central American heavy metal, Cuban guitar jazz and Brazilian DJs.


First Listen: Xenia Rubinos, 'Black Terry Cat'

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Rubinos returns fully formed, with her musical vision still finding ways to meld the unexpected, the familiar and, in songs like "Mexican Chef," the fiercely political.


From Duke To The Dead, Ralph J. Gleason Loved It All

Monday, May 23, 2016

Two new volumes of work by the legendary music writer Ralph J. Gleason are out this spring. Though he grew up during the Jazz Age, Gleason loved acts like Janis Joplin and the Grateful Dead too.


First Listen: iLe, 'iLevitable'

Friday, May 20, 2016

Ileana Cabra Joglar came of age onstage, performing with her older brothers in Calle 13. Now, she emerges from their shadow with her solo debut, a collection of classic sounds.


Alt.Latino Goes Classical: Orchestral Music From Latin America

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Hear re-imagined pre-Colombian music and arias from the jungles of Brazil and beyond, chosen with the help of Tom Huizenga from NPR Music's Deceptive Cadence.


Steve Kimock: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, May 16, 2016

The veteran jam-rock guitarist's dedication to his instrument is matched only by his imagination. There's joy in hearing Kimock play acoustically, with no filter between his ideas and his fingers.


Daymé Arocena: Tiny Desk Concert

Friday, May 13, 2016

The Cuban singer's music is fueled by surprisingly mature songwriting (she's only 24), as well as an irrepressible personality that projects warmth, fun and a million-watt smile.


First Listen: The Echocentrics, 'Echo Hotel'

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Listening to Adrian Quesada's latest project is like stepping into an alternate reality — an unhurried place with time to contemplate love, loss and longtime friends.


Santana On 'Black Magic Woman,' A Pioneering Cultural Mashup

Monday, May 09, 2016

The band's leader and original drummer explain how a group house in 1960s San Francisco produced a groundbreaking union of Afro-Carribean rhythms, rock and jazz.


Remixing Classics: Fania Opens Its Vaults

Thursday, May 05, 2016

This week on Alt.Latino, we discuss how and whether to remix legendary recordings — and, along the way, feature a new album of remixed salsa classics.


6 Young Music Producers Who Shape Latino Identity With Sound

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Alt.Latino offers a view from inside the mixing room, featuring talents you should know.


Caetano Veloso And Gilberto Gil: Living History

Friday, April 22, 2016

This week on Alt.Latino, the two iconic Brazilians discuss history and music.


Carlos Santana Breaks Down His Band's Trailblazing Sound

Thursday, April 14, 2016

The original Santana made music history nearly 50 years ago. As the band reunites for a short tour this spring, the guitarist tells Alt.Latino how he and his collaborators did it.


Music, Laughter, Honey: Dayme Arocena's Secret Recipe

Thursday, April 07, 2016

In a fun and vibrant conversation with Alt.Latino, the Cuban singer makes it clear that her country's political isolation from the U.S. didn't apply to music.