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Tiny Desk Premiere: Silvia Pérez Cruz

Spanish singer Silvia Pérez Cruz grew up in the cradle of magnificent extremes. Her hometown Palafrugell on the Costa Brava of the Mediterranean Sea is renowned as much for its stunning turquoise waters and dazzling summer sun as it is for biting bitter winds and unforgiving winter nights.

Amid that chaos, her songs were born: brilliantly distinct little capsules of human experience. Whether singing about joy, pain, grief or curiosity, that duality between sunshine and gray skies is present in her work.

Yo soy inescrutable (I am inscrutable),” she cries on “Salir distinto.” Her emotive, jazz-tinged voice and ’54 acoustic guitar (she picked it up at a vintage shop some years ago in New York) transcends time and physical space. “Yo prefiero el desastre / Y escucharte sin perjuicio (I prefer disaster / And to listen to you without prejudice),” she coos. And in this moment, she’s impossible to turn away from — a vessel for eons of melancholic Mediterranean secrets at the Tiny Desk.

SET LIST

  • “Salir distinto”
  • “La flor”
  • “Man of the Trees”
  • “Mañana”


MUSICIANS

  • Sílvia Pérez Cruz: vocals, guitar
  • Marta Roma Tort: cello
  • Agapit Llibori Albero Tapias: double bass


TINY DESK TEAM

  • Producer: Anamaria Sayre
  • Director: Joshua Bryant
  • Audio Technical Director: Hannah Gluvna
  • Editor: James Hughes
  • Videographers: Joshua Bryant, Kara Frame, Sofia Seidel
  • Audio Engineer: Josephine Nyounai
  • Host/Series Producer: Bobby Carter
  • Production Assistant: Elle Mannion
  • Photographer: Alanté Serene
  • Tiny Desk Team: Maia Stern, Ashley Pointer, Hazel Cills
  • Executive Producer: Suraya Mohamed
  • Series Creators: Bob Boilen, Stephen Thompson
  • VP, Visuals and Music: Keith Jenkins

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Anamaria Artemisa Sayre is co-host of Alt.Latino, NPR's pioneering radio show and podcast celebrating Latin music and culture since 2010.
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