Jazz Concert: Camila Meza & Aaron Goldberg (Minsky Hall, Orono)
Vocalist/guitarist/composer Camila Meza teams up with Aaron Goldberg, one of jazz’s most compelling pianists.
The New York Times has described her as “A bright young singer and guitarist with an ear for music of both folkloric and pop intention, Camila Meza has connected with a strong peer group since moving to New York from her native Santiago, Chile, in 2009” and adds “Ms. Meza brings an appealing combination of lightness and depth to all the material, singing in a bright, clear voice against the agile stir of a first-rate band. Her improvising, on electric or acoustic guitar, is serious business . . .”
For Downbeat Magazine “Meza delivered pure, unaffected vocals, sung alternately in Spanish and English, that flooded the subterranean space with a genuine warmth and uplifting spirit. When she soloed on numbers like ‘Para Volar,’ ‘Emerald’ and the enchanting title track of her Sunnyside debut, Traces, it was clear that this triple threat from Santiago, Chile, had more to offer than just a beautiful voice, thoughtful lyrics and refreshing stage presence.”
And All About Jazz have stated “Meza’s reputation as a talented triple-threat-guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter/composer proved true…”
Hailed by Down Beat magazine for his “quick-witted harmonic reflexes, fluid command of line and cut-to-the- chase sense of narrative logic,” Aaron Goldberg has made his name as one of jazz’s most compelling pianists, both as a bandleader and frequent collaborator with Joshua Redman, Wynton Marsalis, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Guillermo Klein and many more. On his most recent release At The Edge of the World, Goldberg reunites with bassist Matt Penman and drummer Leon Parker.
Jazz has a way of summoning that kind of spirit from musicians, and Goldberg knows exactly how to capture it, surrounding himself with kindred spirits in pursuit of the highest expression. He and the trio embody the best of what jazz can be today: the ability to speak from deep within the tradition while putting their own collaborative imprint upon it.
The concert taking place on Friday, March 24, 7:30 p.m. is located at the Performing Arts Center at The University of Maine, Machias
Adults $30 | K-12 free| All fees included
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