Artista Venezolana en Toronto
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septiembre 19, 2004 a las 9:27 am #201673
El Consulado General de Venezuela tiene a bien informar mediante esta via a todos los venezolanos sobre el proximo lanzamiento del primer CD, la artista venezolana Eliana Cuevas, titulado “Ventura”, el cual se llevara acabo el proximo 24 de septiembre en el marco del “Small World Music Festival”
A continuacion se presenta informacion sobre la mencionada artista.
H e a t h e r K e l l y C o m m u n i c a t i o n s
Eliana Cuevas’ New “Ventura”
CD Launch At Small World Music Festival
Toronto, September 8, 2004… Every so often, a recording comes along that reinforces your faith in human creativity. Eliana Cuevas’ first full-length effort, Ventura, is one of those; a collection of great original songs recorded with honesty and a total lack of tricks and artifice. Repeated listening only serves to deepen an appreciation for the singer, the songs, the musicianship and the clean production approach.
Eliana Cuevas will launch Ventura with a concert at the Small World Music Festival, Friday, September 24, at the Glenn Gould Studio, 250 Front Street West. Tickets are $20 and are available by calling 416-205-5555. Joining her will be tour mates Luis Guerra on piano, Luis Orbegoso and Ruben Esguerra on percussion, George Koller on bass. Special guests will include Ventura producer Gordon Sheard on piano/keyboards, John Johnson on saxophone; Jorge Miguel on guitar and Bogdan Djukic on violin.
Eliana Cuevas is a Toronto-based singer who came to Canada’s most diverse metropolis from Caracas, Venezuela about ten years ago. Since her arrival as a student, she has worked with an encyclopedia of local Latin and other ensembles, lending her vocal talents to every style of music from salsa to bossa nova to flamenco to reggae. A few years ago she began to make the transition from follower to leader. Last year she entered the studio with producer Gordon Sheard, well known in Toronto world and jazz music circles, and a stellar cast of supporting characters. The result is Ventura.
Ventura is a Spanish word that has no easy time translating into English. Cassells Spanish-English dictionary gives it many meanings: happiness, fortune, coincidence, risk or danger. Ventura, the CD, has similar layers of meaning and experience. Sometimes written with a partner, most often Eliana’s words and music alone, the songs embrace a diversity of topics as big as life itself. It opens with Perdon; an apology for not listening to the advise of someone older and more experienced. Tu Objetivo is a cautionary tale about getting what you want and finding it was not what you wanted at all. There are songs of praise to the moon, Luna Llena; and to the illogical animal nature of human emotions in Irracional. A poem written by her father to her mother, Un Nuevo Idioma,describes building a new language to express love, while a lyric Eliana has set to a Brazilian tune by Gordon Sheard, La Samba Me Llama, describes her love for Samba music. Treinta Horas speculates on what our overfilled lives could be like if there were another six hours in every day while Rompe Mi Alma/Break My Soul is as powerful a commitment to the risks of love as has been written; it is also the only song on the CD sung partially in English, giving, perhaps, a hint of things to come on future recordings. The sum of this CD’s parts is much greater than the individual pieces; it is a summation of twenty odd years of living filtered through an uncommonly acute thinker with a stunning voice, strong compositional abilities and poetic talent.
Eliana’s song “Rompe Mi Alma” won the 2004 “Songs From the Heart” Ontario Council of Folk Festivals Songwriting Award in the world music category. The Eliana Cuevas quintet has recently been touring from Vancouver to Halifax with the album, which is being distributed nationally by Festival Distribution.
On Friday, September 24, Ventura’s official Toronto debut at the Glenn Gould Studio will offer listeners a concert that celebrates an important new recording by an artist who shows every indication of becoming a vital force in Canadian contemporary music. It is an evening that will be well worth the “ventura” in every sense of the word.
Eliana Cuevas info and photos are at http://www.elianacuevas.com.
The Small World Music Festival runs September 23 to October 3. Information is available by calling 416-631-4311 or by visiting http://www.smallworldmusic.com.
Heather Kelly Communications
Farah Khilji, ac.kr1506391700ehtae1506391700h@har1506391700af1506391700
Heather Kelly, ac.kr1506391700ehtae1506391700h@reh1506391700taeh1506391700
National CD Distribution:
Festival Distribution, 1-800-633-8282
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