interview: ÉSSO

September 20, 2021 @ 11:20 am – 11:50 am

Tune into World Music Mondays to hear an interview WMSE’s Tom Crawford recorded with Chicago’s ÉSSO soon after the release of their latest record, Xicago.

ÉSSO is the bilingual dance band project of Chicago born songwriter and producer Armando Pérez. He curated an inner city big band of rotating members unsealing a kaleidoscopic sound propelling them to perform for mutli-cultural concerts and festivals alongside Grammy winning artists.

The group made a splash by invoking polystylistic enthusiasm from the uncompromising urban streets that birthed House music, as well as undeniably potent movements in hiphop, punk rock, and free jazz. Drawing on these raw influences, the Chicago based band effortlessly merge Chicano and Boricua roots music with modern dance into a rhythmic sancocho filling club floors and providing ample evidence of Chicago’s presence as a hotbed of diverse new music in the States.

POSTED BY:: Erin Wolf