The fact that Carmen Souza and Theo Pas‘cal complement each other musically in an ingenious way has already been shown in their successful cooperation over the last few years. The latest studio-album called Kachupada, that was recorded in London and Lisbon will be released in North America on June 11, 2013, continues this tradition. The title of the album was inspired by the favorite Cape Verdean dish Kachupada that, with its wide variety of ingredients and spices, reflects the multiplicity of influences in Carmen Souza‘s music.
Carmen Souza tells stories taken from real life, she indulges in melancholy, radiates vitality and on the wings of her African heritage she resorts to her rich musical treasure trove. With her extravagant voice Carmen Souza intermingles jazz-lines with Cape Verde- an sounds, scatting tunes, caressing the melodies. Thus her interpretation of the jazz- standards My Favourite Things“ (Richard Rogers / Oscar Hammerstein II) or Donna Lee“ (Charlie Parker / Mi- les Davis) sounds exotic, fascinating and at the same time very familiar. Again, Theo Pas‘cal shows an incredible instinct for arranging not only these melodies for Carmen Souza in a perfect manner.
Dazzling, thrilling, extraordinary: Carmen Souza reveals the wide range of her muscial ability as singer-/songwriter as well as excellent pianist and guitarist. Theo Pas‘cal, who is responsible for the coherent arrangements, again accompanies in an ingenious way on bass. The members of the band Jonathan Idiagbonya (piano), Mauricio Zottarelli (percussion), Tuche (guitar), Nelson Oliveira (bongos, backvocals), João Frade (accor- dion), Guto Lucena (saxophone) round off a very convincing album.
After the release of three successful studio-albums and countless con- certs given all over the world, Carmen Souza has become a reference of Cape Verdean music. Like no other artist she embodies an eclectic type of music, inspiring a new generation of Cape Verdean musicians by the independence of jazz.
June 14: DROM, NYC, NY
June 15: REGATTA JAZZ CLUB, CAMBRIDGE, MA
June 20: LEVITT PAVILION, PASADENA, CA
June 21: KIRKLAND PERFORMANCE CENTER, KIRKLAND, WA
June 22: VANCOUVER JAZZ FEST @ GRANVILLE ISLAND/PERFORMANCE WORKS, VANCOUVER
June 23: VICTORIA JAZZ FEST @ UPSTAIRS CABARET, VICTORIA, CA
June 25: OTTAWA JAZZ FEST @ OLG STAGE, FESTIVAL PLAZA, OTTAWA, CA
June 26: TORONTO JAZZ FEST @ JAZZ BISTRO, TORONTO, CA
June 27: ROCHESTER JAZZ FESTIVAL @ MAX OF EASTMAN PLACE, ROCHESTER, NY
June 28: ROCHESTER JAZZ FESTIVAL @ XEROX AUDITORIUM AT XEROX PLAZA, ROCHESTER, NY
June 29: FREIHOFER’S SARATOGA JAZZ FESTIVAL @ GAZEBO STAGE, SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY
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