"Mundo Alas" León Gieco's movie
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MUNDO ALAS is a road movie. A journey of initiation by a group of new young artists who present their works, accompanied by the voice, talent and experience of León Gieco (Argentina's most important folk-rock singer and songwriter), while on a tour through several Argentinean provinces.
Musicians, singers, dancers and painters, all of them important artists with different disabilities, who express and communicate their perspective of the world – their worries, their joy, their inspiration – in a show that blends music, dancing and painting. The movie presents a show which features rock, folk music and tango, along with León Gieco’s greatest hits.
Throughout the tour and the movie, we get to know each protagonist’s life story and growth as an artist. Shows, rehearsals, hotels and the road are the settings for stories and music that give rise to new dreams: recording the Mundo Alas soundtrack and closing the tour with a big concert at Luna Park (the biggest and most prestigiou concert hall in Buenos Aires). During this time, stories of love and human relationships emerge and prove that integration is possible.
A unique film that intends to include everyone. A wonderful musical experience about overcoming difficulties and about love, that begins to identify and recognize people by their abilities.
León Gieco, Fernando Molnar and Sebastián Schindel
Carina Spina (vocals) Carina Spina has worked as a reporter, but, with an exceptional voice and a natural gift for singing, she has devoted herself almost exclusively to music for the last few years. She met León Gieco while interviewing him for a radio show. After a while, he invited her to participate in his shows. She has recently released her first album and is writing stories for children. She lost her vision during her adolescence.
Francisco “Pancho” Chévez (songwriting, harmonica and vocals) Pancho is a singer and harmonica player who regularly performs live with his band. He also has played with Argentine musical groups of popular stature such as Los Piojos, Bersuit and Las Pelotas. Pancho is currently recording his third album. He has been close friends with León Gieco for over 15 years. Born without his upper and lower extremities, Pancho has been living at the San Roque Home, in Capitán Bermúdez, in the province of Santa Fe, since he was abandoned when he was only a few weeks old.
León Gieco León Gieco was born in Cañada Rosquín (Province of Santa Fe) on November 20, 1951. Son of a family of rural immigrants, he inherited from his father a great passion for music. From a very young age, he formed his own music groups: Los Moscos and Los Nocheros. At the age of 18 he moved to Buenos Aires and recorded his first album, released in 1973 and produced by Gustavo Santaolalla. Many of his songs were censured in the decade of the 70’s by the military dictatorship in Argentina. Before his exile Gieco composed “Sólo le pido a Dios” (Only I ask God), that became a hymn and was translated into several languages. He has published more than 30 albums, among them being “De Ushuaia a la Quiaca,” his most ambitious project. Gieco has received many prestigious musical awards in Argentina as well as the Grammy 2006 Latin Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award. He performed in a number of countries in America and Europe, accompanying Mercedes Sosa on several occasions. He has shared the stage with artists of great renown, such as Peter Gabriel, Bruce Springsteen, Sting and Pete Seeger, among others. Gieco has written the autobiographical book “Crónica de un sueño” (“Chronicle of a Dream”) and composed music for Argentine films. Today Gieco continues touring throughout Argentina and the world. Over the last fifteen years Gieco has been meeting the main characters of Mundo Alas and now wonders if it was destiny or chance that their paths crossed… At the end of 2006 he brought them all together for the first time, and there the idea of making this tour, film and TV series was born.
Alejandro Davio (songwriting, guitar and vocals) Alejandro has released the album Guardianes del océano [Guardians of the Ocean] and is currently preparing his second record. He was born with congenital hydrocephalus and, over the years, underwent 17 operations at Garrahan Hospital, a pediatric hospital in Buenos Aires. During his stays at the hospital, he took part – first as a student and then as a teacher – in the musical therapy workshops. It was there that he met León Gieco, who instantly was taken by his tunes. Since then, they often compose songs together.
Beto Zacarías (Pancho Chévez’s manager and personal assistant) Thirty-year-old Beto is Pancho Chévez’s personal assistant, accompanying him and helping him to move about. Since he knows which harmonica Pancho needs
for each song, Beto assists him during the shows and helps him to get them on the rack from which he will play them. As a result of childhood malnutrition, Beto has suffered both physical and mental impairments.
Demián Ariel Frontera (dancer) Along with his partners Sandra González Neri and María Laura Vicenti, Demián is a member of Group ALMA, which promotes the Project of Integrative Dancing. They have performed dozens of times in Argentina and abroad. Their repertoire includes classical tango and contemporary dance pieces. Born to a family of sports professionals, he trained in artistic gymnastics from a very young age. At the age of 14, during a training session, Demián suffered an accident which confined him to a wheelchair, leaving him unable to move his body from the chest on down. After years of rehabilitation, he has returned to sports and was able to represent Argentina in swimming competitions.
Maxi Lemos (vocals) Twenty- year-old Maxi lives in San Luis. León Gieco invites him to take part in his shows each time he visits the town. Maxi has released an album called Construyendo el canto [Building Songs] and regularly performs in San Luis. Born with traces of cerebral palsy, Maxi’s way of taking part in life is through song.
Tango Dance Company AMAR In 2003 the AMAR Foundation started the Tango Company – comprised of the five dancers Karina Amado, Nidia Scalzo, Lucrecia Pereyra Mazzara, Javier Trunso and Eduardo Spasaro – as a way of therapy and a means of social and vocational integration for kids with Down syndrome and other mental impairments. Up to now the company has been hired to perform on more than 60 occasions and the dancers have shared the stage with artists such as Juan Carlos Copes, Raúl Lavié, Rodolfo Mederos and Darío Volonté.
Carlos Sosa (painting) Carlos Sosa lives in the La Boca neighborhood of Buenos Aires with his two kids. For a living, he paints and works in “Caminito”, a popular weekend and tourist destination in La Boca, where he sells his works. Carlos, who has spastictriplegia, belongs to the Argentine Association of Painters Without Hands and to Caminito’s Plastic Artists Association.
Rosita Boquete (videotaping) Rosita Boquete is Pancho Chévez’s press agent and also takes pictures and records videos of all of his performances. She studied design and communication. Born without hands or a lower jaw bone, along with Pancho, she was one of the first infants to arrive at the San Roque Home.
Antonella Semaán (painting) Eighteen-year-old Antonella has just finished high school and is getting ready to go on for higher education. One of the works of note from her painting portfolio is a portrait of Carlos Tévez, a famous Argentine soccer player, that was used in a small campaign. Antonella is a member of the Argentine Association of Painters Without Hands.
Carlos Melo (journalist) Carlos hosts a radio show with the exclusive rights to broadcast the shows of the Mundo Alas Tour. Born with cerebral palsy, Carlos is an expert in subjects related to disabilities and integration.