Beirut comes to Mexico City

Beirut’s Zach Condon and Perrin Cloutier warm up for their debut at the Auditorio Nacional in Mexico City
Beirut’s Zach Condon and Perrin Cloutier warm up for their debut at the Auditorio Nacional in Mexico City

The band Beirut hails from Brooklyn, NY, but they’ve gained international fame for what they describe as an “old-world” sound. The mastermind and frontman, 23-year-old New Mexico native Zach Condon, built Beirut’s signature sound with influences from the Balkans and France. In Beirut’s latest EP, March of the Zapotec, they explore an entirely “new world” of musical riches: the Mexican brass of Oaxaca. On the afternoon of their debut in Mexico City, I talked to some members of the band to learn more about this ambitious project. They explained how their exposure to Mexican music broadened their sound, and discussed the contentious issue of “authenticity” that comes with playing music from other cultures.

Beirut’s Kelly Pratt (brass, wurlitzer), Perrin Cloutier (accordion), and Paul Collins (bass) in Mexico City
Beirut’s Kelly Pratt (brass, wurlitzer), Perrin Cloutier (accordion), and Paul Collins (bass) in Mexico City

Thanks to Alfred Megally for the photos!

  • Listen to the interview here:[audio:http://media.mtvu.com/sitewide/promoimages/uber/fulbright/2008/katie_good/031709/BeirutInterview.mp3|titles=Katie Good Interviews Beirut]
  • See the video: Beirut’s La Llorona
  • http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=2830478&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=0&color=ffffff&fullscreen=1

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