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Saúl Hernández creates music that reflects the present and is rooted in the most telluric past. Performed live, his music is more than a concert: it is a ritual.
As a composer, he has erased geographic and generational boundaries. His songs are part of the soundtrack to the lives of millions of people in Mexico, Latin America, and the United States. People make his songs their own, turning his compositions into shared hymns. His allies (fans), who span several generations, share ideology, dreams, passions.
In April 2012 Saúl began a very unique tour, "The Memory of the Senses: Songs and Roads.” "The idea was to revisit my career as a composer. I had received many requests to explain what I meant by this song or why I wrote that one. We are approaching the songs from the perspective of the composer, something more intimate. It's like coming home and traveling through familiar roads. I'm playing songs from 1987 to 2011. These venues are giving me the opportunity to be closer to people. I am a musician who wants to share part of his life,” he explains regarding the tour.
The tour now continues, a homecoming to those intimate halls and cultural venues that have marked his professional and personal life. These are energetic and passionate concerts. A "magical mystery tour” through the music, as he describes it and as evidenced by the powerful and emotional concerts in Sala Nezahuacóyotl, el Museo del Chopo, el Centro de las artes del Parque Fundidora en Monterrey, Puebla, León, Chicago, Nueva York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Anaheim.
The program “¡En contacto contigo!” (In touch with you!) sponsored by the Cultural Department of UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico) invited Saúl to share his music with students at eight schools and faculties . It is an innovative and unprecedented campaign that seeks to provide and guarantee students free access to diverse artistic fields thus expanding their intellectual and personal development.
As part of this tour, an additional two concerts were held in one of Latin America’s most iconic venues: La Sala Nezahualcoyotl renowned for its incomparable acoustics and stunning architectural beauty, located on the Mexico City campus. This is a venue that had, until then, been reserved for a different cultural profile and with these concerts was opened to the purest spirit of Rock and Roll-an unprecedented sum of creative expressions to date.
The list of artists Saúl has collaborated with on recordings and tours includes Morrissey, Stuart Copeland, Adrian Belew, Don Was, The Rolling Stones, David Hidalgo (Los Lobos), Mark Isham, Billy Preston, Flaco Jimenez, Los Tigres del Norte, Juan Gabriel, La Internacional Sonora Santanera, Peter Gabriel, Live, Tow, Los Cenzontles, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Mexican Institute of Sound, Camilo Lara, Angeles Azules Pasatono Orchestra (Oaxaca) ... In 1997 he recorded with top Algerian rai music artist: Cheb Khaleb on the Arabic/Spanish language duet “Kounti Ki.”
In March 2009, English musician Peter Gabriel presented Saúl , on behalf of Art for Amnesty, a recognition for his work in support of human rights.
Sharing what life has tattooed on his soul; weaving the recollections of the memories that have forged his songs, with the strength and passion of one who has always shown that music can break borders, armed with his notebook filled with emotions inspired by Jaime Sabines, Margarita Michelena, David Bowie, John Lennon, Octavio Paz, Benito Taibo…. In these shows, Saul takes us on a journey through his compositions in Caifanes, Jaguares, and “Remando” his first solo album… songs that have marked the lives of more than three generations.
Saúl in Concert coming soon to a venue near you.