Acclaimed pianist Arthur Hanlon talks concerning the latest editions to his ‘Legados’ sequence, what impressed him to start out taking part in Latin music, working with different artists like Fonseca and Orishas, different artists he desires to work with, what followers can count on from his upcoming ‘Piano Magic’ tour and extra!
I kinda really feel like, you already know, the Wizard of Oz when like the home … and he or she lands in. I get to New York and all of the sudden I’m in Latin musiclandia. Hey, all people, I’m Arthur Hanlon and also you’re watching Billboard Information.
I’m Lyndsey Havens for Billboard Information, and as we speak we’re joined by, I’m gonna say, Latin, Pop fusion pianist Arthur Hanlon. How are you doing?
I’m tremendous Lyndsay and I like that, I’m gonna steal it.
Please use it. It’s very laborious to embody all that you simply do, which we’ll get into. However I really feel like that touches on some of what’s drawing me to your music for certain.
It’s good, it’s concise.
You had a really busy 2023, you launched two EPs, on this ‘Legados’ sequence, began with the bachata one into pop. So I’d love to listen to the inspiration for that sequence. And why did you determine to leap in with bachata?
Effectively, you already know, my story is form of totally different. I’m Irish-American with a ardour for Latin music, which I found in New York and, you already know, have 10 albums now and two HBO specials, a bunch of stuff. And I’m considering what can I do? You already know, it’s virtually like a momentum memento. … This challenge is a sequence, you already know, ‘Legados,’ which is legacies of songs which have impressed me once I actually first obtained into heavy, heavy within the Latin music. And I made a decision in New York, you already know, I’m going Latin, I’m going to create this fusion factor. And I’m not turning again. And so, you already know, that was in New York within the early ’90s. I studied classical piano, Manhattan College of Music. My trainer was in Washington Heights. Washington Heights was this bizarre space as a result of it is extremely classical, you already know, Manhattan College, Juilliard, all this stuff and Dominicans and Colombians and the bachata, salsa, merengue was like pouring out into the road. And so that is the primary songs I’ve heard. I stroll in, I moved from Detroit taking part in numerous Motown. I heard that one which was Juan Luis Guerra. And I heard all these things like, oh my God, that is wonderful. Yeah. So I wished to start out ‘Legados.’ That is like my private, you already know, songs that impressed me since I actually actually, you already know, gotten concerned with latin music.
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Editor’s Observe: Arthur Hanlon is married to Billboard‘s vp/Latin business lead, Leila Cobo.