CHOICE: A Night of Nostalgia – Miramar at the Crown Room at the Greene Hotel on Tuesday, June 22
One of the city’s finest musical gems, Miramar finds the perfect setting for its beautiful music in the luxurious Crown Hall, the Grand Ballroom of the Greene Hotel, on the night of Tuesday, June 22.
The group’s richly melodic and melting music stems from Puerto Rican boleros, bittersweet love songs steeped in poetic nostalgia that were first performed in art salons. But that did not prevent the group from considerably expanding their sonic palette. Miramar toured major venues in Russia last spring, just as the world was shutting down, and he was on the front page of a streaming concert with the Virginia Symphony last October (see video below). below). His appearance on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert is also worth looking out for.
At the heart of the band’s sound are the tightly paired vocals of Rei Alvarez (Bio Ritmo) and Laura Ann Singh (Quattro Na Bossa), complemented by the brilliant keyboard arrangements and playing of Marlysse Rose Simmons (Bio Ritmo). While the group can expand their romantic magic to fill the Carpenter Theater at the Dominion Energy Center or a Russian opera house, hearing the subtle interaction within the narrow and elegant art deco setting of the Crown Hall should be ideal.
Simmons Says Crown Room “Will Certainly Have New Songs As We Prepare To Record [a new album] … I’ve been trying to do this for a while. The new album will consist of original songs. This concert will also feature Cameron Ralston on bass and special guest master guitarist Sebastian Cruz from New York (originally from Colombia).
Simmons also notes that she and Singh will perform every alternate Wednesday at the Greene Hotel, alternating with Alvarez as the DJ.
A Night of Longing – Miramar at the Crown Room will feature two sets, the first at 7 p.m. and another at 9 p.m. Advance reservations are available on Hotel Green’s website, $ 15 in advance, $ 20 at the door.