On May 29th I will do a listening party on my Facebook page to celebrate the release of my new album “Vida Profunda” for more info please read the following press release. I hope you can join me!
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 Records. On 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 Ruben Blades, Claudia Acuña, Haydee Milanes, Aubrey Johnson, Marta Gomez, Sofia Ribeiro, Luba Mason, Lara Bello, and Sara Serpa. The first single “Te Conoci de Nuevo”, featuring Ruben 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; flutist 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 every time 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 on 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.
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 Sanchez, Michael Rodriguez, Jaleel Shaw, Hans Glawischnig and Ludwig Afonso.