As our recently released Latin Power Players list shows, many top Latin music executives are musicians. But it’s not every day that one of those executives releases an album, much less an album of classical music — much less an album of classical compositions performed by that executive.
Jorge Mejía, Sony ATV Music Publishing’s EVP for U.S. Latin and Latin America — home to writers like Pitbull, Mario Domm and Enrique Iglesias — just happens to be a classical pianist and composer. And on July 29, Mejía celebrated the release of his Preludes album with a performance at Art House, the Miami recording studio that belongs to producer Julio Reyes (Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Ricky Martin), who is also a pianist.
Mejia performs short, virtuoso, captivating pieces on solo piano, inspired by his mother, his grandmother, his wife, and life in general.
“I come from Colombia, with an o,” he said. “A place where you have arepas for breakfast and a nanny called Carmen, from a place called Monteria, who reads your future in the ashes of a cigar.”
The highlight was no doubt the prelude inspired by his own wedding, which required a last-minute change due to the arrival of Hurricane Sandy in Miami a few years back. The piece contrasted the frenetic weather with the dreamy beauty of the bride walking down the aisle of the emergency venue, which was the Fillmore Theater in Miami Beach.
It was an uncommon album launch that brought together an industry who’s who, including the heads of all the Latin publishing companies, as well as musicians, producers and label heads.
And yes, even with drinks in hand, everybody listened quietly.
Mejia’s Preludes is available on iTunes.