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Carolina Calvache Releases Vida Profunda

Carolina Calvache Releases Vida Profunda

Carolina Calvache Marries Poetry and Music on Vida Profunda, out May 29th on Sunnyside Records

Pianist, Composer and Arranger Carolina Calvache is pleased to announce the release of her second album as a bandleader, Vida Profunda, out May 29th, 2020 on Sunnyside RecordsOn this dynamic new release, Calvache explores meaningful poetry by world-renowned poets, augmenting the text with her stunning compositions, lush instrumentation and striking vocal performances by Rubén Blades, Claudia Acuña, Haydée Milanés, Aubrey Johnson, Marta Gómez, Sofia Ribeiro, Luba Mason, Lara Bello, and Sara Serpa. The first single “Te Conocí de Nuevo”, featuring Rubén Blades, will be available on April 17, 2020.

The diverse list of instrumentalists on this release includes drummers Jonathan Blake and Keita Ogawa; bassists Petros Klampanis, Ricky Rodriguez and Peter Slavov; violinists Tomoko Omura, Leonor Falcon, Ben Russell, Annaliesa Place, and Adda Kridler; violists Allysin Clare, Jocelin Pan; cellists Brian Sanders and Diego Garcia; flautist Hadar Noiberg; oboist Katie Scheele; trombonist Achilles Liarmakopoulous; bass clarinetist Paul Won Jin Cho; bongo and djembe player Samuel Torres; plus special guests: harmonica player Grégoire Maret and trumpeter Michael Rodriguez. 

The album’s title track Vida Profunda (Profound Life), perfectly exemplifies the message of this heartfelt project.  “Vida Profunda” is a poem that the composer’s father would recite to her everytime she felt frustrated and lost.  Carolina remarks: “[My father] is the one that actually encouraged me to find in poetry some answers to my feelings and emotions, and also to put music to the text, since that is my way of expression.”  Inspired by her father, who is a literature teacher and lover of poetry, Carolina set out on a path to find meaning through the synthesis of two distinctly different artforms: poetry and jazz.  The track is based off of the poem by Porfirio Barba Jacob, a poem that speaks to our humanity; the vulnerability of man.  As an album, Vida Profunda utilizes the work of such notable poets as Pablo Neruda, Robert Duncan and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, as well as Carolina’s own written word.

For the second track, “El Parajo yo”, the infectious melody and supple harmony came first.  Carolina asked her mother what her emotional response was to the music and her mother responded, “…it is like flying like a bird.”  Her mother’s visceral reaction led her to the poem “El Pajaro yo” by Nobel Prize Winning Chilean Poet-Diplomat Pablo Neruda.  Sofia Ribeiro lends her vocals to this gorgeous track which also features a stirring solo by flautist Hadar Noiberg.  The legendary Rubén Blades is featured on the next track “Te Conocí de Nuevo” (I Met You Once More), which features lyrics written by Carolina.  His warm unwavering vocals tell the tale of a failed couple that meets together again, this time for good.  Carolina notes: “it is like a promise that says “I want you for the rest of my nights and days, I don’t want to lose you again.”  The sincere refrains of Calvache’s lyrical piano solo display the composer’s stunning facility on the keys. “Working with Ruben was incredible. He just has an amazing ear and he is very particular when he records. It was wonderful to hear a legend like him record one of my original songs,” said Calvache.

Another track featuring Calvache’s original lyrics, “Sin un Despido” was inspired by the LaMia Flight 2933 tragedy- the fatal plane crash that killed the Brazilian soccer team Chapecoense on their way to the 2016 Copa Sudamericana Finals. Transfixed by the unfolding events of this terrible catastrophe, Carolina imagined losing a husband or family member in that way, robbed of the ability to say goodbye.  This track features the strength and grace of renowned vocalist Claudia Acuña.

“Stella” was written for Carolina’s mother for her 50th birthday.  This gorgeous diatribe from daughter to mother expresses Carolina’s following in her mother’s footsteps as a musician.  This piece, reminiscent of Horace Silver’s classic “Lonely Woman” features harmonica player Grégoire Mare and vocalist Haydée Milanés.  On the final track on the album, “Let Me Come With You”, singer Luba Mason sings in english a piece based on the poem “Moonlight Sonata” by Greek poet Giannis Ritsos.  Carolina was particularly drawn to this line: “I know that each one of us travels to love alone, alone to faith and to death. I know it. I’ve tried it. It doesn’t help. Let me come with you.”  At the time of recording this song, Carolina was listening to a great deal of broadway vocalists, and was very attracted to Luba Mason’s romantic and somewhat broadway delivery.  “I fell in love with her voice in this particular style… It was a dream come true to have her on this album.”

On Vida Profunda, Calvache strives to connect with the listener on an intimate and personal level in ways that only poetry can do. “This album is a mirror of experiences and the emotions that can be found in everyone’s life. Feelings of hope, grief, solitud, frustration, dreams, love, inspiration are part of life… and that is why I called this album “Profound Life”, or Vida Profunda.” 

Vida Profunda is Calvache’s first release since her debut Sotareño. Released by Sunnyside in 2014, Sotareño marked her arrival as the first Colombian musician to be signed to the storied label and featured the pianist alongside Antonio Sánchez, Michael Rodriguez, Jaleel Shaw, Hans Glawischnig and Ludwig Afonso. Calvache, born in Cali, Colombia, first rose to prominence in 2011 when she was selected for the 2011 Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival in Washington, DC. That same year, she moved to New York City and began collaborating with an impressive roster of musical voices including Henry Cole, Jorge Roeder, David Binney, Samuel Torres, Tivon Pennicott, John Elis, Jaleel Shaw, Linda Oh, Rodrigo Recabarren, Luba Mason, Ross Pederson, Camila Meza, Uri Gurvish, Roman Filiú, Rodney Green, Sara Serpa, Ricky Rodriguez, Annette Aguilar, and Yasushi Nakamura, among many others. She holds degrees from Universidad de Valle and North Texas University.

*Source: Lydia Liebman Promotions

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Bobby Sanabria MULTIVERSE Big Band to release new recording: “Vox Humana”

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Drummer, percussionist, composer, arranger, bandleader, educator, Bobby Sanabria
Drummer, percussionist, composer, arranger, bandleader, educator, Bobby Sanabria

Celebrating 25 years! The multi-Grammy nominated Bobby Sanabria MULTIVERSE Big Band is set to release their new recording: “Vox Humana” featuring vocalists Janis Siegel, Antoinette Montague, Jennifer Jade Ledesna.

Recorded Live at Dizzy’s Club Cola in NYC
Release Date: Spring 2023
Record Label: Jazzheads

New York – January 18th – On the heels of their Grammy nominated and 2019 Jazz Journalists Association Album of the Year Award winning critically acclaimed masterwork, West Side Story Reimagined, and in celebration of their 25th anniversary – drummer, percussionist, composer, arranger, bandleader, educator, Bobby Sanabria and his Multiverse Big Band return with their most ambitious work to date, VOX HUMANA.

Bobby states, “Over the course of our many Grammy nominated albums we’ve occasionally featured tracks with vocals. But I’ve always envisioned doing an entire vocal album framed by the Multiverse Big Band. Now with three of today’s greatest contemporary singing talents – multi-Grammy award winner Janis Siegel from the Manhattan Transfer, blues and jazz Queen Antoinette Montague, and the multilingual powerhouse, Jennifer Jade Ledesna, today that vision has finally become a reality.

The individually distinct voices that Janis, Antoinette, and Jennifer possess make them each unique. But the X factor they all have is they are all masterful improvisors in the best sense of the jazz tradition. Added to the mix is our great conguero, Oreste Abrantes, who also sings lead on two tracks. Having that multi- dimensional vocal talent framed by the power, nuance, and tonal variety that only a big band can provide, combined with the repertoire I’ve chosen to showcase them and the band and the incredible variety of Afro- Latin, straight ahead swing, funk, R&B, and rock rhythmic vocabulary that we are masters of and readily have at our disposal in the Multiverse, I believe VOX HUMANA will prove to be our greatest achievement. 

Bobby Sanabria MULTIVERSE Big Band: "Vox Humana"
Bobby Sanabria MULTIVERSE Big Band: “Vox Humana”

That repertoire has a personal meaning to me as I see VOX HUMANA as a biographical work. I’m a product of my environment. I’m a Nuyorican, a person of Puerto Rican descent growing up in New York City. In my case the South Bronx during a time period when pop, jazz, R&B, rock, funk, and Latin music of all kinds all co-existed as equals. It was the last era when the big bands of masters like Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Buddy Rich, Machito, Tito Puente, Tito Rodriguez, Don Ellis, and more were in the public eye, and they became my heroes. Vocalists who could deliver a message with subtlety, nuance, and when needed, power, were called upon to deliver poetry crafted by genius song writers. You’ll hear all that and more through the soaring vocals and improv talents of Janis, Antoinette, and Jennifer, along with Oreste, as well as the incredible jazz-oriented arrangements and exciting Pan Afro-Latin rhythms played by a big band that literally takes no prisoners when it hits the stage.”

The repertoire Bobby speaks of includes 1 original and 12 unique re-workings of pop hits like Spooky, Christine Aguilera’s Genie In a Bottle, and Steely Dan’s Do It Again; NEA Jazz Master Eddie Palmieri’s, Mi Congo and Puerto Rico along with the island’s greatest composer, Rafael Hernandez’s, Capullito De Aleli; the classic Joe Cuba R&B bolero, To Be With You; Brazilian standards Partido Alto and Amazonas; and from the world of Broadway theater, I Love You Porgy, and the iconic jump blues, Let The Good Times Roll. The CD also includes an original message bearing piece, Who Taught You That, as well as what may possibly be the most exciting interpretation of the Ellington associated classic, Caravan, and that has ever been recorded. 

Adding to the excitement of the performance, VOX HUMANA was recorded in front of a live audience. Bobby states, “As with our previous work, we recorded VOX HUMANA live at NYC’s Dizzy’s Club Coca – Cola. My musicians represent NYC’s finest. That means they’re the greatest in the world. The added level of excitement created by the audience inspired us in the MULTIVERSE Big Band to a heightened new level of performance virtuosity that listeners will hear explode out of the speakers just as the audience at Dizzy’s experienced in person.”

The history of the Bobby Sanabria MULTIVERSE Big Band is indeed one based on his rich multi-cultural heritage as a Nuyorican growing up in New York City’s South Bronx. His concept of having a big band that has no genre boundaries with limitless possibilities was forged 25 years ago back in 1998. It has yielded a series of groundbreaking, critically acclaimed albums that have all been Grammy-nominated with the band thrilling audiences worldwide at venues like the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, The Ravinia Festival, Verona Jazz Festival in Europe, and more.

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