Glenda Del Monte Escalante, aka Glenda del E, released her first CD entitled Q-Ban Mixology. It was an electrifying night at the Mod Club Theatre on College Street in Toronto, on September 23, 2010. Featuring a string quartet and many special guests, Glenda del E took another big step in her artistic career.
From her earliest years in Havana, Cuba, Glenda was immersed in music. Her extraordinary work ethic and dedication to her craft has been instrumental in her development as an artist. In a short period of time, she has built an impressive musical resume, winning various competitions in her home town and being awarded scholarships from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto as well as the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto and York University. Being open to a wide array of musical influences, which range from classical piano to Cuban folklore to hip-hop, R&B and jazz, Glenda has managed to establish herself as an extremely talented and versatile musician amongst diverse music circles in Canada. Glenda is the ideal representation of a young adult making outstanding contributions to the development of the Latin American community of Canada.
Cuban Pianist-singer-songwriter Glenda del E gives Cuban music a fresh new take with her exceptional musicality, her piano and her voice. “Q-ban Mixology” evolved from Glenda’s trademark, positive and inspiring lyrics and melodies for all ages, pop-soul hooks and funk-jazz influenced arrangements defy generally held notions of what Cuban music is and defines her truly unique, genuine and her real sound. Her music reflects what she is: A strong academic trained musician transcending frontiers and a role model for future generations.
View slideshow: Glenda del E’s Q-Ban Mixology (this link will open in a new window)
Photographs by Danilo Navas