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Kat Parra: Las Aventuras de Pasion!

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Kat Parra's voice may be the ultimate manifestation of the entire Latin music diaspora. While countless singers dabble in bossa nova or wander far and wide atop Afro-Cuban grooves, few people tackle the scope of music that Parra takes on. Engaging the totality of the entire Latin spectrum is no easy feat, but she seems willing and able to make it a reality. Salsa sounds, Middle Eastern music, Sephardic traditions, Afro-Peruvian passion, Puerto Rican grooves, chamber ideals, classical influences, jazz standards and countless other styles merge into one cohesive whole when Parra opens her mouth and unleashes ...

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Kat Parra: Las Aventuras de Pasion!

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A collaboration between vocalist Kat Parra and trombonist/arranger Wayne Wallace would be reason enough to celebrate ¡Las Aventuras de Pasión!, the duo favoring a slightly more languorous than usual Afro-Cuban jazz, richly played and brightly sung. Wallace has mined this vein on a string of remarkably good records over the last decade or so. Highlights of this Afro-Cuban warmth include Parra's bilingual cha-cha-cha “Oye Papi," and Murray Low's elegant and altogether apposite piano playing.But there is more to Parra's musical vision than one kind of Latin jazz, however comprehensive that might be. Parra's Azucar de Amor (Patois, 2008)--also ...

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Kat Parra: Dos Amantes

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It was called Al-Andalus from about 711 AD until it succumbed to the rule of the Portuguese in 1492 AD. But in between that period the Iberian Peninsula that includes Andalusia, Granada, and Castile--modern Spain--was ruled by several Moslem Dynasties of Moorish (North African) origin. They created a legendary culture of inclusion allowing several faiths to live in harmony. This bred a near-fabled culture in which the Sephardic Jewish culture also flourished. Gathering artistic riches over thousands of years this Diaspora fused elements of Africa, the Middle East, and the Latin elements of Europe into a miasma of glorious poetry ...

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Kat Parra & Sephardic Music Experience: Dos Amantes

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Some music defies categorization. In the case of Dos Amantes, by Kat Parra & The Seraphic Experience, it's the blending of several styles that make genre assignment a challenge; to place it in one area would be to omit others. Parra played piano as a child and later studied flute. After marrying at 18, becoming a mother and later a divorcee, she continued her music studies, this time focusing on the voice. Under the tutelage of Patti Cathcart, Parra evolved into a multi-faceted vocalist. Her core band consists of musical director/keyboardist Murray Low, flautist Masaru Koga, violinist Stephanie ...

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Kat Parra: Azucar de Amor

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The first striking thing about Azucar de Amor, Kat Parra's sophomore effort, is that she has assembled a hell of a band: the credits are littered with Latin music stalwarts such as pianist Jovino Santos Neto, percussionist John Santos, and trumpeter Ray Vega.Those whose names may not be so familiar also sound great. This is the case with trombonist Wayne Wallace, whose languid solo enriches his arrangement of Erroll Garner's “Misty." And then there's the versatility of pianist Murray Low, “el chinito de las teclas," as Parra calls him just before his fine solo on “Pedacito de Mi ...

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Kat Parra: Azucar De Amor

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Kat Parra is a very talented vocalist who has received a lot of buzz from her two albums to date. Although she hails from San Jose, California, Parra spent her youth in Chile, then moving to the United States and attending UCLA to study classical flute and voice. She boasts a real talent, not only for Afro-Cuban music but the musical forms from North Africa, Middle Eastern and Arabic cultures in addition to the music of Brazil. All of this leads to the fact that Parra's musical role model is the late Celia Cruz, matriarch of twentieth century salsa music.

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Take Five With Kat Parra

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Meet Kat: Kat Parra easily crosses over from classic jazz to steamy Latin jazz without missing a beat. The essence of Kat's musical journey is her ability to combine a mixture of different international styles to create a unique sound that is all her own.Kat's focus, along with classic jazz standards, is the creation of new sounds around Spanish Sephardic music, Afro-Cuban, Afro-Peruvian, South American folklore, and a little bit of Brazil tossed in for extra flavor!With Kat's three-octave vocal range, the marriage of these varied sounds and her facility for singing in multiple languages, an ...



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