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Adventure Music Signs Acclaimed Vocalist Lucia Pulido


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Lucia Pulido
Label Will Release Waning Moon, Pulido's First CD in Nearly Three Years, On September 16

Lucia Pulido, the critically acclaimed Colombian singer whose work is noted for its fusion of the traditional with the experimental, has signed with Adventure Music, announced label co-owner Richard Zirinsky, Jr. The label will release Pulido's Waning Moon on September 16.

Pulido was a featured vocalist on Adventure Music's 2007 release, Contemporary America. In its review of the CD, The Instrumental Observer said, “Lucia Pulido opens the disc with her haunting vocals, and shows a talent of rare profundity and breadth."

The music on Waning Moon is rooted in traditional songs from Pulido's homeland of Colombia. In collaboration with the cadre of players from the New York music scene who join her for this project, Pulido has taken those traditions beyond the definitions of world music to create a sonic synthesis that truly epitomizes the country's traditions in flux. In addition to Pulido's musical director, the guitarist Sebastian Cruz, Waning Moon features the talents of long-time associate, bassist Stomo Takeishi (Myra Melford, Topaz,) drummer Ted Poor (Cuong Vu,) and clarinetist and flutist Adam Holker (Bruce Barth, Ray Baretto, Marc Cohn.)

With one of the richest voices on the international Latin American musical scene today, Lucia Pulido has mined the musical traditions of her native Colombia and other Latin American countries in an ongoing search for a distinct, experimental style, and has participated in various projects, ranging from traditional Colombian music to jazz and “Nueva Cancin" (New Song). Traditional genres such as cumbia and bullerengue from the Atlantic Coast, currulaos from the Pacific Coast as well as joropos of the Colombian Eastern Plains are the point of departure for musical creativity.

For more than ten years, Pulido was one half of the duo “Ivn y Luca" along with the singer and songwriter Ivn Benavides, with whom she recorded three albums between 1986 and 1991.

Since moving to New York City in 1994, Pulido's musical compass has been focused on an experimental approach to traditional Colombian rhythms and songs. In 1995 she recorded her first solo CD, Luca with the Colombian recording company Sonolux, distributed in the USA by Sony. In 2000, together with the Japanese percussionist Satoshi Takeishi, she recorded Religious and Pagan songs from Colombia for the German label Intuition, and in 2004 she recorded Dolor de Ausencia, a selection of classic Latin American songs of broken love, which was released by the label FM in Colombia. In 2005, together with Argentinean guitarist Fernando Tarrs she recorded Songbook I and Songbook II for BAU Records. In addition, she has performed and recorded with such diverse jazz musicians as Ed Simon, Dave Binney, and Erik Friedlander.

Adventure Music is home to a host of acclaimed acoustic artists, including such Brazilian and South American musicians as Antonio Carlos Jobim, Ricardo Silveira, the late Moacir Santos, Tom Lellis, Jovino Santos Neto, Hamilton De Holanda, Mario Adnet, Marcos Amorim, as well as bluegrass and “newgrass" releases from label co-founder Mike Marshall, with Darol Anger, Psychograss and the Swedish new traditionalists Vsen. In addition to Waning Moon, Adventure's fall release schedule includes CDs from Jovino Santos Neto and Weber Iago (Live at Caramoor), and Tom Lellis and Tonhinho Horta (Tonight,) as well as Boogie Woogie Meets Samba, which features Ze Rentao, Mario Adnet, Monica Salmaso, Maucha Adnet, Roberta Sa, and many others. Adventure Music America's releases for the fall include Shannon By the Sea from Eva Scow and Dusty Brough, and Midnight Clear, holiday music performed by Mike Marshall on solo acoustic guitar.

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