Thursday, July 10
Kuumbwa Jazz Center
As a vocalist, guitarist, and composer, Claudia Gomez’s Columbian roots are reflected in the wide range of Latin American music that she has fashioned into a personal expression of her own. With a strong, clear voice, she navigates the twists and turns of Brazilian sambas and Afro-Caribbean rhythms as comfortably as she does the traditional folk music of her native country. Now, reunited with her longtime accompanist, ace keyboardist Frank Martin, Gomez stirs all of her musical ingredients into a sonic brew spiced with elements of jazz. Gomez’s most recent album, Tal Cual, is a solo tour-de-force, capturing the essence of her artistic imagination.
For Gomez, the daughter of a highly respected Columbian vocalist, growing up singing around the house was as natural as breathing. She took up the guitar at age twelve and by her late teens was playing professionally with an all female group named Ellas. Hoping to break into the international music scene, she emigrated to London and played cover tunes of English and American pop performers, including Bob Dylan, The Beatles, and James Taylor. Ironically, she “discovered” Spanish music while in England. When she later returned to Columbia, she dove deep into the folkloric tradition of her homeland, eventually branching out into the Afro-Caribbean and Brazilian traditions. In 1983, she relocated to San Francisco where she became entrenched in the expatriate Brazilian music scene. During the eighties, she recorded three albums, each exploring a different facet of South American and Caribbean music styles. Her first release in 1989, Claudia Canta Brasil, featured the sounds of Brazil contemporary jazz. Her next album from 1992, Salamandra, explored the Latin tradition, and Tierradentro from 1996, featured mostly her own compositions.
A world traveler, Gomez has embarked on extended residencies in Europe as well as North and South America. For four years, from1998 to 2002, she lived in Madrid, Spain, where she recorded her fourth album, Vivir Cantando, and toured Europe before returning to Columbia. During her time back in Columbia, she recorded an album of traditional Columbian styles for her fifth album, Majagua, and followed up with Arropame que tengo Frio, a collaboration with Alejandro Tobon. Currently, back in California with her latest recording, Tal Cual, Gomez is performing her original compositions with veteran Bay Area pianist/composer Frank Martin and winning over new fans.
DATE: Thursday, July 10, 2014
VENUE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIME: 7:00 PM
PRICE: $20/Adv $25/Door
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at: http://kuumbwajazz.org
MORE INFO: http://kuumbwajazz.org or 831-427-2227
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