Juan Wauters – Tickets – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR – January 28th, 2019

Juan Wauters

Esoteric and heartfelt Uruguay/NYC songwriter with a deep catalog of brilliant, bilingual songs

Juan Wauters

The Morals

Mon, January 28, 2019

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$10 ADV / $12 DOS

This event is 21 and over

Mostly Standing / Limited Balcony Seats

Juan Wauters
Juan Wauters
Over the last few years, Latin American artist Juan Wauters has covered a lot of ground, both artistically and geographically. In 2016, Wauters directed the film Romane en Juin in the Southwest of France and in 2017 he performed for the first time in his birthplace of Uruguay. He’s also been traveling Latin America extensively, taking time to pause and rethink his life, his art and his career after releasing two critically acclaimed albums on Captured Tracks, 2014’s N.A.P.: North American Poetry and 2015’s Who Me?.

As both time and place often have a unique influence on music, Wauters originally planned to record his next album while traveling, seeking a break from his life in New York City, the city he has called home since moving from Montevideo in 2002. He settled in Mexico City in 2017 to focus on writing. However, shortly after, he was offered a role in an independent film being shot in Argentina. Never one to turn down a creative opportunity, Wauters packed up his 100 pound mobile recording studio into two suitcases and took off to Buenos Aires. When filming was complete, Wauters wound up writing and recording all over Latin America — from Argentina, Uruguay, Peru, and Chile to Mexico and Puerto Rico — seeking collaboration at every stop with local musicians who embody the traditions and energies specific to each region.

Puerto Rico was one of his first destinations. At a restaurant on the way to Charco Azul in Guavate – a natural swimming hole – Wauters heard a duo playing boleros, music he has been familiar with since his early childhood, but had never experienced in its original context. Those boleros would inspire the repeating melody that makes up the infectious love song, “Guapa.” Later, Mexico City was to become the home of “A Volar,” a beautiful, buoyant track about dreaming wildly that features multiple musicians that Wauters met in Garibaldi, a popular square in Mexico City where musicians for hire gather. Later, he would trek to Buenos Aires, Santiago and Montevideo, creating music and incorporating local traditions into his idiosyncratic, captivating yarns.

Until this point in his career, most of his songs had been sung in English, but revisiting his Latin roots inspired him to record songs in his native tongue. Thus, Wauters gives us the first of three albums he will release this year: the wonderful La Onda de Juan Pablo, the world of Juan Pablo Wauters.
The Morals
The Morals
The Morals are usually a two-piece band from Portland, Oregon.

Ben Hubbird and Casey Jarman began playing songs together in college while performing in a hardcore band called The Keating Five. They recorded many songs to minidisc and honed their craft at a weekly songwriters' circle called Sad Bastard Night at John Henry's Bar, alongside Brian Mumford (Dragging an Ox through Water; Sun Foot), Bud Wilson (Aan), Eric Jenson (Tractor Operator), Travis Ferguson (Days; Spirit Lake), Martha Jelsing (Pony Village) and many other talented friends.

In the decade and a half since forming in Casey's studio apartment, the Morals have played hundreds of shows and cycled through a half-dozen drummers (Ben Barnett of Kind of Like Spitting and Papi Fimbres of Máscaras among them). They have started a record label (Party Damage Records) and held down random DJ nights. They have taught music classes for teens together. Casey wrote a book; Ben hosts a radio show on Xray FM. Sometimes they forget about The Morals for six months or a year, and then they remember The Morals again.

Morals shows are sloppy and disjointed. The Morals have been known to break down laughing in the middle of songs, and they've been known to get into fights onstage. It can be pretty and it can be stupid. But they mean all of it. When they decide that they don't mean it, they retire songs or just stop playing shows. And then a weird thing happens and they start again.

They're releasing a new full-length album in 2017. It may or may not be called Cell Phone Pictures of the Moon.