Juan Luis Guerra is celebrating Christmas with a virtual concert that’s doubling as the launch of his new EP, Privé.
The five-track EP features new renditions of classics — including a pared-down jazzy version of “Ojalá que llueva café” — plus two new songs. The title came from gatherings among music-lover friends in the Dominican Republic.
“When it’s something really private and special, they call it a ‘privé,’” Guerra says with a smile.
But Privé also hints at the intimacy of the project, conceived between Guerra and his longtime producer, Janina Rosado. Set to acoustic arrangements that range from blues to bossa to classical influences, the EP highlights a different side of Guerra and his band, 4.40.
Guerra and his group will perform Privé on Christmas Day (Dec. 25) at 9 p.m. ET. The livestream can be viewed on his YouTube channel.
“What better date than December 24 when we celebrate the birth of Christ?” Guerra says. “It’s the most important and most beautiful date in the year.”
Watch the livestream on Christmas Day in the video below.