Wed, Mar 23|
Eliana Cuevas, Edra Silva, LAL featuring Rosina Kazi
Time & Location
Mar 23, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
Ottawa, 1 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON K1P 5W1, Canada
About the Event
Through years of touring around the world, across Canada, and collaborating with Juno and Grammy Award-winning performers, Eliana Cuevas has grown into an accomplished singer songwriter and bandleader with unlimited colours in her compositional and lyrical palette. Among her honours are the Canadian National Jazz Award for Latin Jazz Artist of the Year,
two Toronto Independent Music Awards for Best World Music Artist, an Independent Music Award for Best Latin Album and a World Solo Artist of the Year Award at the Canadian Folk Music Awards. Eliana has released 5 albums of original music to this date: Cohesión (2001), Ventura (2004) Vidas (2007), Espejo (2013), Golpes y Flores (2017) and most recently El Curruchá (2021).
El Curruchá (2021), released worldwide on ALMA RECORDS, is a generous 13-song collection featuring imaginative new versions of classic Venezuelan songs of the last 30-50 years. Eliana stresses that “the focus of this album is to showcase traditional compositions from Venezuela. Venezuelan music is a universe of sounds and rhythms as rich and broad as the music from Cuba and Brazil but not as widely known.”
Eliana’s collaborator on the album, Aquiles Báez, is more than an internationally renowned guitarist and composer who has worked with such artists as Paquito D’Rivera and Fareed Haque. He is also a household name and musical hero in Venezuela, one of the biggest proponents of contemporary Venezuelan music and a mentor and an inspiration to a whole generation of musicians there.
A graduate of musical composition with a focus on singing, guitar and jazz improvisation, Edra Silva developed her musical career over the course of 10 years in Santiago, Chile, where she was part of various bands, participating in albums and performing in a number of iconic festivals throughout Latin America.
From 2016 she performed in cruise ships as a singer and guitarist until February 2019 when she arrived to Ottawa. Since then she has performed unceasingly, all around the city next to connoted local musicians.
Her first EP, "Intro" (2018), is a jazz duo record (voice and piano) and her second album, "Unrequited Hearts" (LP 2020), is a new-jazz-experimental work of her original compositions.
Rosina is the lead singer of the protest electronic duo LAL, who were long listed for the Polaris Prize for 2019 and 2021. They/she are a queer/gender fluid, culturally Muslim and Bengali identified artist. Rosina helps run the alternative DIT (Do it Together) community and arts accessible (physically and financially) space Unit 2, a space dedicated to supporting QT2SBIPOC and friends in order to support an arts ecosystem. Rosina also co-curates shows, participates in theatre and other collaborative art making practices and runs workshops around sound, recording and poetry. Rosina will be releasing her first solo dance /electronic album called BASIC INCOME, in 2022. She / they have curated for Luminato Festival, Mayworks Festival, Bricks and Glitter festival while releasing music, playing live, building new worlds and s supporting emerging and established artists. Rosina currently lives and was born in the territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnaabeg, Haudenosaunee, Lenni-lenape and the Wendat Nations..