Corina Bartra

Afro Peruvian Jazz Pioneer and new latin trends

About Me

Biography A sophisticated jazz and contemporary world singer from Peru? -Yes, Peru. In the last 100 years jazz has spread to every section of the globe, bringing forth fine Latin jazz musicians from New York, Cuba and Brazil. And if you haven't already heard about her, Corina Bartra from Peru.... Corina was the first vocalist to blend Afro Peruvian and criolla music & Jazz. She also pioneered subtle and exciting instrumental textures in her compositions and her arrangements. She writes extensive intros, interludes, and solos filled with inventive rhythms and beautiful harmonies. She also guides her musicians to do so. With this approach, she adds an instrumental section to her unique & historic projects. Corina Bartra has degrees in jazz percussion from (name schools) and a Master in vocal performance. Like so many jazz masters before her, Corina Bartra resides in the New York area (when she is not in Peru) where she not only plays but can study the works of all those artists who came before her, building the international sound of jazz to what it is today. And making her award - Corina was the recipient of the prestigious Queens Council on the Arts award in 2008. Her vocal winner Bambu Sun stand apart from the crowd. Her music has frequent airplay nationwide and topped the charts in some radio stations. She also got ear play in Europe and Peru were she is an influential artist. In her new BAMBU SUN she once again dives into the Afro Peruvian sonorities and other Latin undercurrents. She has pioneered a groundbreaking fusion of jazz and afro Latin music with her releases: CORINA BARTRA QUARTET, Son Zumbon, and Travelog, when for the first time one could hear the incorporation of the cajon (Peruvian percussive box) and the festejo groove blended with jazz. Her CIELO SANDUNGUERO CD pioneered big band ideas and her recent CHABUCA GRANDA TRIBUTE is an awesome expansion of her visionary project. She has also recorded an instrumental CD: Uniting Beats ( Ritmos que Unen) with her: Afro Peruvian New Trends Orchestra, featuring Afro Peruvian Jazz tracks and some beautiful Pan American titles. Her lates CD: Takunde with her septet is magnetically charge with enthusiasm, great artistry and performances by an exiting group of musicians.

My Jazz Story

I love jazz because..it has wonderful scales, harmonies and possibilities of various expressions. I was first exposed to jazz...by my grand pa. I met [musician name]... The best show I ever attended was..Miles Davies at Birdland. The first jazz record I bought was...Sara Vaughan " How long has this been going on" My advice to new listeners...Dont be opinionated or limited by conditioning but remain open minded and receptive. Or whatever else you have in mind.

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