Esperanza Spalding
Artist
Born in 1984 and raised on what she herself calls “the other side of the way”, a multilingual home and neighbourhood of Portland, Oregon, Spalding’s solo career began on May 2008 with the release of ESPERANZA, her debut album for Heads Up International, a division of Concord Music Group, an album that will end up being the 2008 worldwide most sold for a new jazz artist. That release, unanimously welcomed, made possible for the audience of whole planet to discover the fascinating talent of Spalding as instrumentalist, vocalist and composer. The New York Times spared no praise: “Spalding offers a lot: a competent jazz impromptu performance, a bit of funk, vernacular Brazilian rhythms and lyrics sung in English, Spanish and Portuguese. And all that around a counter bass player, singer and leader of an unquestionable talent.” Esperanza hasn’t stopped performing around Europe and the US, she also travelled to Japan to perform in the Blue Note Club of Tokyo, and to South Africa, where she performed at the Jazz Festival in Cape Town, among other places around the world. Furthermore, she has combined live performances with appearances in the best Late Night Shows in the US, including David Letterman and Jay Leno. On February 13th 2011, in LA, Esperanza received one of the most prestigious prizes of the music industry, the Grammy Award for best new artist. As she said later on: “I am very surprised and also thankful for receiving this award.” It was a very special day for her, since she had earlier co-hosted the Grammy Awards pre-telecast together with Bobby McFerrin and also performed in the ceremony alongside the jazz ensemble of the Gala.

Esperanza Spalding

Born in 1984 and raised on what she herself calls “the other side of the way”, a multilingual home and neighbourhood of Portland, Oregon, Spalding’s solo career began on May 2008 with the release of ESPERANZA, her debut album for Heads Up International, a division of Concord Music Group, an album that will end up being the 2008 worldwide most sold for a new jazz artist. That release, unanimously welcomed, made possible for the audience of whole planet to discover the fascinating talent of Spalding as instrumentalist, vocalist and composer.
The New York Times spared no praise: “Spalding offers a lot: a competent jazz impromptu performance, a bit of funk, vernacular Brazilian rhythms and lyrics sung in English, Spanish and Portuguese. And all that around a counter bass player, singer and leader of an unquestionable talent.”
Esperanza hasn’t stopped performing around Europe and the US, she also travelled to Japan to perform in the Blue Note Club of Tokyo, and to South Africa, where she performed at the Jazz Festival in Cape Town, among other places around the world. Furthermore, she has combined live performances with appearances in the best Late Night Shows in the US, including David Letterman and Jay Leno.
On February 13th 2011, in LA, Esperanza received one of the most prestigious prizes of the music industry, the Grammy Award for best new artist. As she said later on: “I am very surprised and also thankful for receiving this award.” It was a very special day for her, since she had earlier co-hosted the Grammy Awards pre-telecast together with Bobby McFerrin and also performed in the ceremony alongside the jazz ensemble of the Gala.

Esperanza Spalding

Nacida en 1984 y criada en lo que ella misma denomina “el otro lado de la vía”, en un hogar y un barrio multilingües de Portland, Oregón, la carrera en solitario de Spalding se inició en mayo de 2008 con el lanzamiento de “Esperanza”, su debut discográfico para Heads Up International, una división de Concord Music Group, un disco que acabaría convirtiéndose en el más vendido de un artista de jazz novel en 2008 a escala internacional. Aquel lanzamiento, unánimemente aplaudido, sirvió́ para que el público de todo el planeta descubriera el fascinante talento de Spalding como instrumentista, vocalista y compositora.
The New York Times no escatimó elogios: “Mucho es lo que ofrece Esperanza: una improvisación jazzística solvente, una pizca de funk, scat, ritmos brasileños vernáculos y letras cantadas en inglés, portugués y español. Y todo ello, alrededor de una contrabajista, cantante y líder de un talento incuestionable”.
Esperanza no ha parado de presentarse por Estados Unidos y Europa; también viajó a Japón para actuar en el Blue Note Club de Tokyo, y a Sudáfrica, donde actuó en el Festival de Jazz de Cape Town, entre otros lugares del mundo. Además, ha compaginado las presentaciones en directo con apariciones en los mejores late night shows americanos, incluyendo David Letterman y Jay Leno, entre otros.
El 13 de febrero de 2011, en Los Ángeles, Esperanza recibió uno de los premios más prestigiosos de la industria musical, el premio Grammy al Mejor Artista Revelación. Como Esperanza dijo después: “estoy sorprendida y también muy agradecida de recibir este premio”. Fue un día muy especial para Esperanza, ya que antes había co-presentado la gala Grammy Award’s Pre-Telecast junto a Bobby McFerrin y también actuó en la ceremonía junto al conjunto de Jazz de la Gala.

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Junjo

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Esperanza Spalding is here to stay. Bassist, singer and composer, she began playing in small jazz and blues venues around her hometown of Portland, Oregon. A Berklee College of Music Graduate and Instructor, Spalding has worked with such notable artists as Michel Camilo, Dave Samuels, Regina Carter, the Boston Pops Orchestra, Pat Metheny, and Terri Lyn Carrington and Patti Austin, and recently toured Mexico with Joe Lovano. She is the 2005 recipient of the prestigious Boston Jazz Society scholarship for outstanding musicianship.

At only 21 years of age, she’s most similar to what is known as a “total musician.” In addition to singing and playing the bass, she is a composer and does all of her own arrangements. She also arranges her own versions of works of important contemporary composers. In JUNJO, the first musical production under the direction of this American artist, Esperanza gives her touchs to pieces that range from the modern jazz trio to contemporary Brazilian music, to Argentine folk music. For her, this project is a dream come true. It is as a same time, her first CD as well as the first production under her direction. The trio is completed with the artistry of two excellent musicians, pianist Aruán Ortiz and drummer Francisco Mela. JUNJO has Esperanza’s personal seal: the superb sense of time that she possesses and always succeeds in communicating to her audiences, and her great devotion to the instrument she plays.

Recorded in April 6& 7, 2005 by Peter Kontrimas, PBS Studios, Westwood, MA.

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Esperanza Spalding llegó para quedarse. Bajista, cantante, compositora, comenzó tocando en pequeñas presentaciones de jazz y blues en los alrededores de su pueblo natal en Portland, Oregon. Graduada e instructora del Berklee College of Music, Spalding ha trabajado con artista notables como Michel Camilo, Dave Samuels, Regina Carter, the Boston Pops Orchestra, Pat Metheny y Terri Lyn Carringot y Patti Austin. Hizo un tour en México junto a Joe Lovano. Recibió en el 2005 la prestigiosa beca del Boston Jazz Society por su maestría musical.
A sus 21 años se puede considerar como lo más cercano a un “músico total”. Además de cantar y tocar el bajo, también compone y hace sus propios arreglos. También hace arreglos a sus propias versiones de obras de importantes compositores contemporáneos. En “Junjo”, la primera producción musical bajo la dirección de esta artista estadounidense, Esperanza da sus toques a una pieza que va desde el jazz trío moderno hasta la música brasilera contemporánea y la música popular argentina. Para ella, este proyecto es un sueño hecho realidad. Al mismo tiempo es su primer disco, así como la primera producción dirigida por ella. El trío se completa con el arte de dos excelentes músicos: el pianista Aruán Ortiz y el percusionista Francisco Mela. “Junjo” tiene el sello personal de Esperanza: el magnífico sentido del tiempo que ella posee, el cual logra comunicar exitosamente a su audiencia y su gran devoción al instrumento que toca.

Grabado el 6 y 7 de abril de 2005 por Peter Kontrimas, PBS Studio, Westwood, MA.

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