Tuesday, December 3 | 7:00 p.m.
Fall 2013 Concert Series
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Congratulations to Buika on her Latin GRAMMY nomination for Record of the Year!
Only a unique confluence of cultural influences could produce an artist as strikingly original as Buika, who has earned a devoted cadre of fans and collaborators ranging from celebrated filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar to musicians Seal, Rachelle Ferrell, Anoushka Shankar, and Nelly Furtado. Born in Spain to parents in political exile from Equatorial Guinea, she grew up on the Spanish island of Mallorca, where she was exposed to great jazz singers by her mother and forged a breathtaking, soul-drenched vocal style combining traditional Spanish coplas with the Gypsy laments of flamenco and jazz improvisation. A commanding performer with a husky, crushed-velvet voice, Buika saw her career catch fire in 2009 with El Último Trago, a collaboration with Cuban piano giant Chucho Valdés. And during Chick Corea’s recent monthlong residency at the Blue Note jazz club in New York, Buika was featured in his stunning flamenco ensemble. Don’t miss one of the world’s most exciting young talents!
“Ever since her self-titled debut in 2005, Spanish singer Concha Buika has mesmerized fans with her dark, husky voice, which mixes the Moorish roots of flamenco with the dexterity of great jazz singers. Buika, part of a long line of captivating female vocalists from Spain, has progressed from her nouveau flamenco beginnings to become an artist with a broad musical vision, as she wraps her spectacular voice around a variety of settings.”—National Public Radio
“A singer like Buika comes only once in a generation!”—New York Post
“Spellbinding talent”—Chicago Magazine
The London Sunday Times exclaimed, “Buika possesses the most haunting voice to be found on either side of the Atlantic.”
“Buika’s voice doesn’t come from inside her petite body: It comes from Africa, and from there past. There are obvious traces of flamenco . . . of the Moors and various transitory cultures in southern Spain and norther Africa . . . Buika performs music that transcends the boundaries of language and race.”—National Public Radio
“Though compared to Nina Simone, Billie Holiday and Edith Piaf, she sounds like no one but herself. “— Los Angeles Times
“Her new album, La Noche Más Larga . . . has rightly been praised for its subtle, Cuban-flamenco mix, brave range of songs and slinky, rhythmic vocals.”—The Guardian (London)Back to Concerts