Attracted by its charm, Fermin Muguruza came to the The Big Easy to record an album, Irun Meets New Orleans – where he adapts eight songs from his career to the sounds of New Orleans and interprets two of the city’s classics -, and to film a documentary, Nola?, about the situation ten years after Hurricane Katrina. All this, whilst surrounded by the elite of the local scene: from the legend that is Preservation Hall Jazz Band to the Bounce music rapper Katey Red, together with collaborators Galactic, Dr. John and Trombone Shorty.
Nola? draws many parallels the TV series “Treme”: the songs are very well integrated, relating to what the protagonists describe. The music has therefore transformed into a personality rather than just a narration. The guiding thread is the narrator, WWOZ radio personality George Ingmire, who is also a documentary-maker and author of various radio essays on the impact of the hurricane. With his critical and ironic speech, he alternates the story of the recording of the album with observations on the state of things.
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