Hailed by the LA Times as an "instrument of wonder", Chilean singer/songwriter/arranger Claudia Acuna returns to New York in January to take up residency at New York's Jazz Standard and Brice Rosenbloom's Winter Jazzfest 2007, where she will perform world premieres of original works by herself, Victor Jara and others.
A pure, compelling and original voice, Acuna draws upon the culture of her homeland by fusing Latin rhythms with her instinctive jazz sensibilities. Many of her songs are sung in her mother tongue, making it clear that music crosses all barriers - particularly when sung with her distinctive brand of authentic emotion. Legend and inspiration, Abbey Lincoln says, "Claudia sings in the tradition of the great ones. Her sound is her own."
Ed Morales of Newsday recently described Acuna's 2006 appearances as taking an exciting new direction. "Acu–a is on the verge of creating a style reminiscent of the best of the jazz-fusion era (think Flora Purim), but with an entirely contemporary feel. Some dazzling new songs, anchored by classics such as the bolero "La Mentira" and Victor Jara's "Te Recuerdo Amanda," are given life by funk, flamenco and tropical rock influences."
Her most recent, Luna moves beyond the jazz standards of previous releases for a more contemporary R&B/Latin feel, but it is her beautiful voice that has won her growing acclaim wherever she is heard.
NEW YORK RESIDENCY:
APAP showcase at Jazz Standard (1/16-19)
Winter Jazzfest 2007 at the Knitting Factory (1/20)
Featuring Claudia Acuna, vocals; Jason Lindner, piano; Juancho Herrera, guitar; Omer Avital, bass; Clarence Penn, drums