MTV Latin America, a unit of Viacom Inc. announced the successful taping of the “Julieta Venegas MTV Unplugged.” The one-hour special was taped on Thursday, March 6th at Estudios Churubusco in Mexico City, marking the 20th MTV Unplugged production for MTV Latin America. “Julieta Venegas MTV Unplugged” will premiere on MTV Latin America on June 5th and on MTV Tr3s in the U.S. and MTV Spain in early June (exact date to be announced); it will be made available to all MTV channels worldwide. Additionally, the “Julieta Venegas MTV Unplugged” special will be released as a CD and DVD compilation by Sony BMG.
“Julieta delivered a truly unforgettable MTV Unplugged this evening,” commented José Tillán, Senior Vice President of Creative, Content and Music for MTV/VH1 Latin America. “Through her eclectic mix of instrumentation, arrangements and collaborations, Julieta provided an amazing musical experience. MTV is very proud to have Julieta’s name added to the great list of artists that are part of the Unplugged family.”
“This show was important not only for what an Unplugged represents, but also for what it means to me musically,” commented Julieta Venegas. ¨”I actually feel that this will definitely change my direction because it was amazing experience!”
The show provided an acoustic platform for the Tijuana native to showcase new songs and perform some of her biggest hits in an intimate setting before a live audience. During the show, Venegas integrated an eclectic mix of rhythm and harmony by incorporating an array of instruments including the tuba, clarinet, xylophone, flute and a string quartet, among others, giving a new twist to some of her classic hits such as “Limón y Sal,” “Lento” and “Me Voy.” New songs included “El Presente”, “Algún Día”, “Mira la Vida” and “Ilusión.”
Venegas was joined onstage by two-time Oscar winner Gustavo Santaolalla, who accompanied her with a six-string banjo and background vocals for “Algún Día”, and renowned Brazilian singer, Marisa Monte, for “Ilusión,” a new song with Spanish and Portuguese lyrics. Also, Spain’s La Mala Rodríguez provided a strong hip-hop infusion on “Eres Para Mí”, while Porter’s lead singer, Juan Carlos Son, joined the Mexican sensation for a unique performance of “De Mis Pasos.” In addition, Natalia Lafourcade formed part of Venegas’ orchestra playing various instruments throughout the evening, while accomplished Brazilian composer/arranger, Jacques Morelenbaum, accompanied Venegas on cello for “Cómo Sé.” Venegas closed the evening with her popular hit “Me Voy.”
Jose Tillán served as Executive Producer of the show. The producer of the show was Michael Dagnery, Vice President of Ad Sponsored Development and Special Projects for MTV/VH1 Latin America and MTV Tr3s. Vicente Solís, Vice President of Content for MTV and VH1 Latin America, North Cone served as co-producer.