Liner Notes by Latin Affairs
• Recording is like making a picture. You try to captur a moment that leads us to a precise, already experienced moment. The challenge is great, even more so when it comes to a loibe album. There is only one take, the concert is played, recorded and there is no way to correct mistakes. And indeed it was like that. We played the concert and although we had the background in the knowledge that it is recorded, have enjoyed it very much. I think that you can also hear it, zhe joy of playing, the warm atmosphere, wich was created by the band, teh studio and the empatic audience.
In my mind, you can't appreciate all the qualities of a musician from his recordings alone. The whole breadth of his musicianship only becomes apparent in a live situation - especially if we're talking about a jazz musician. So today, we'll be giving a live concert while the tapes are rolling. Every song and every note that is played tonight will be on the album, that's why this is so special. It's a live concert! (Antonio Cuadros de Béjar)
• The wonderful thing about the studio concerts is not only that there's a live audience in the house -which is rare for us as a recording studio- but also that the music is mixed live. So while the concert is going on, the engineer simultaneously creates a mix on analog stereo tape. (Philipp Heck)
• Music to me is always a mystery. You never know what the next thing is going to be. You find a mystery, and the you solve it - this process is called learning. This is all Antonio's music. He gave me three tunes to arrange. It was a challenge because he's a guitarist and the way guitarists play is not the way a conventional keyboard player plays, it’s a different feel. I tried to cover his conceptions from the point of view of a guitar player, not a keyboardist. That’s the trick! (Joe Gallardo)
• It is always very, very exciting when you record live, without a "safety net". It's a situation that you already know from playing shows, but usually that music is not recorded and reproduced. (Christoph Dangelmaier)
• Recording a live album is always interesting because there is this beautiful tension in the air. You experience the risk of creating a work of art together in the moment that will be documented forever. (Daniel Messina)
• I don't think this group sounds like your typical Latin American band. There is something very international about it - a funny mix, and I think that makes it very special. (Andi Maile)
• Despite the fact that I am the Bandleader, in my impression there is no hierarchy. Everyone contributes to make the group grow. Before and after our shows, we're always talking about the music and the arrangements and everybody brings in their ideas. (Antonio Cuadros de Béjar)
…so konnte er sein künstlerisches Universum ins Unermessliche erweitern, ohne dabei sein kulturelles Erbe zu zerstören.