For 18 months, I’ve been immersed in the Latin music and dance scene in Wellington.
From attending Latin Club, which until this May, was held weekly at Meow, Edward St, I connected with a huge group of Latin musicians and Latin music appreciators, including Alda Rezende, the Queen of Latin music here.
This gave me the boost I needed to start a Bossa Nova trio, which I named Impostores, for the fact none of us are from Brazil. Our performances are well received, and I have even been mistaken for Brazilian, with some saying I don’t sound “gringa”, that I sing Portuguese “without an accent”. High praise.
Early this year I was invited to play the flute with a new band, Garage Latino, who play a mix of Latin folk and pop, and I hope to build up my performance experience on woodwind. Bring on the Salsa.
In September, I sang my first gig as a member of Samba Society, Alda Rezende’s latest project, and supported by the fantastic new salsa band C26, headed by Colombian singer Anayibi Loboa.
With an amazing crowd of supportive friends and colleagues, the social side is the biggest bonus. With regular Salsa and Tango socials, the music is soaking into my soul, indeed I think perhaps part of my soul is Latino.
THIS perfectly designed show entertained us with singer Ruth Armishaw’s musical journey..
The pithy original lyrics by Paul Jenden, whilst ironically and humorously reflecting her life and personality, take on a universal quality representing the life for any musician or singer striving to build a career.
Her compositional has style has variety, and as a graduate jazz singer with choral and operatic experience, she has excellent resources to call on. She uses her strong voice eloquently and powerfully. She also has great musical chops on the piano which work well with the jazz trio of guitar (Jimmy Perkins), drums (Cory Champion) and double bass (Adrian Laird).
Jazz, Pop, Latin, Bossa Nova, Samba rhythms gave tonal variety, and her singing from belting and bold to softer, sentimental and excellent scat vocals had character.
To add visual interest, there were her retro styled dress and quirky visual designs by Sara Pattison, while projections of videos and photos behind the performers gave mood and context.
Retro, kitschy styled Meow proved an ideal venue.
These songs were memorable in a gig that would suit touring the festival circuit.
Thank you to the team at Fringe and Creative New Zealand for the grant towards Have Voice; Will Sing. This year the funding pool was much smaller, with similar numbers applying, so we are really lucky for the support.
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