On May 10, celebrating Mother’s Day, pianist Arthur Hanlon releases his new version of classic instrumental track “Balada Para Adelina”.
The iconic piece, originally recorded by pianist Richard Clayderman, became a global hit in the 1970s, awakening an entire generation’s passion for piano. Now, Arthur Hanlon revisits one of the songs he learned as a child, paying faithful homage to the original, but with a contemporary arrangement that looks forward, produced by acclaimed Colombian Andres Castro (Carlos Vives, Maluma, Shakira, Jennifer López, Ricky Martin, Reik, Prince Royce).
Arthur “Rediscovered” “Balada para Adelina” last year, when he asked his fans to request their favorite songs for Mother’s Day.
“Much to my surprise, the most requested song, by far, was ‘Balada para Adelina.’ I realized that melody is still a favorite of music fans and definitely of fans of piano music. The challenge was to create something fresh and distinctively mine while at the same time maintaining the essence of the original, which has touched the soul of people around the world for decades.”
Says Castro: “Ballad for Adeline is simple but convincing. You hear it once and it stays with you forever,” says Castro. “I looked for contemporary rhythms that were compatible with the melody. There’s rock, but also trap in the minor sections. The result is modern, but still melancholy. Arthur displayed great sensibility in the simple parts, and virtuosity in the complex. He also added a new section that rises to a wonderful climax.”
The video for “Balada para Adelina” was filmed in Miami, with Arthur playing on his iconic blue piano, placed in the middle of a park to highlight the connection between music and nature.
“Balada para Adelina” (Arthur Hanlon versión) will be available May 10.
Along with the release of his new single, Arthur also announces the first dates of his tour “Gringo en La Havana” that will take him through the main cities of the United States with his band, playing music from all over the continent.
“Gringo en La Habana” the live show, is a celebration of the music of Cuba and Latin America via the experiences, hands, heart and soul of an Irish-American piano virtuoso who has made a career of traveling, performing and recording throughout the Americas. The live piano, bass, drums and percussion format with Protools backing tracks is complemented with a heavy video presence, stories of being literally a “Gringo en La Habana” and surprise guest vocalists in every tour stop to take the audience on a fantastical musical journey throughout Cuba and Latin America.