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Santana releasing new EP, “In Search of Mona Lisa,” this month; next studio album due in the summer


Concord RecordsSantana will release a new EP titled In Search of Mona Lisa on January 25 on CD and digitally, with a vinyl version due out February 22.

The EP features what’s described as three “spellbinding and transportive new songs” that guitar legend Carlos Santana was inspired to write after viewing Leonardo da Vinci‘s masterpiece Mona Lisa at the Louvre museum in Paris for the first time.

According to a press release, “All it took was one look into the implacable eyes of the Mona Lisa for Santana to feel as though something strange and powerful was taking place.”

The recording is the first release of a new deal that Santana has signed with Concord Records. The EP will be followed by a full-length album produced by Rick Rubin that’s expected to arrive this summer.

“Carlos Santana is an artist of singular voice. Immediately recognized for his signature sound and celebrated as one of the greatest guitarists of all time, his gift for melody and ability to seamlessly fuse and transcend musical genres has inspired us all,” says Concord Records president John Burk.

“We are thrilled to welcome Carlos to the Concord family and look forward to where his seemingly endless creativity, curiosity and passion take us.”

Carlos recently revealed to ABC Radio that he’s recorded a new studio project with Rubin called Africa Speaks that will feature covers of songs by various African artists.

In other news, Santana will perform at Houston’s NRG Stadium on March 13 as part of the annual Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo’s 2019 concert series. Tickets go on sale to the general public starting Thursday, January 10 at 10 a.m. CT.

Here’s the EP’s track list:

“Do You Remember Me”
“In Search of Mona Lisa”
“Lovers From Another Time”
“Do You Remember Me” (Edit Version)
“In Search of Mona Lisa” (Edit Version)

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