Caroline Calvache in Vida Profunda: Between the Free Speech of Jazz and the Sensory Implications of Poetry

Miroslav Katsarova, JAZZFM Radio

Carolina Calvache is one of the most exciting and interesting jazz pianists and composers of the new music generation. Born in Colombia, she is bold, smart and outspoken with her music, impressing with her creative skills as an artist and interpreter deeply immersed in Latin American music culture. At the same time, she is a brave improviser and connoisseur of jazz idioms, which in her own way intertwines with the musical tradition to which she belongs.

On May 29, her latest self-titled album, called Vida Profunda or Deep Life, will appear. She has collected beautiful compositions of the young Colombian, interpreted by some of the most prominent Latin American voices, including Ruben Blades, Claudia Akunya, Martha Gomez, Luba Mason, Sofia Ribeiro. The big challenge is that Calvache has composed music on lyrics by some of her favorite poets: Pablo Neruda, Robert Duncan, Gabriel Garcia Marquez. In other compositions she herself writes words. Thus, an album was created, which stretches between the free expression of jazz and the sensual bosom of poetry. She chooses the name of her album from a poem that her father, a literary teacher, often recited to her when she was disappointed or feeling lost. Kalvache says: “My father was the only one

In the recordings of her Vida Profunda album, Carolina Kalvache invites good and interesting jazz musicians who, with their personal style of music playing, contribute to the overall clever and inspired spirit of the production. Among the artists is Bulgarian Peter Slavov, who plays double bass in some of the songs, the other two bassists are Petros Klampanis and Ricky Rodriguez, drummers are Jonathan Blake and Keita Ogawa, and guest musicians are the remarkable Gregoire Mare, who plays the harmonica, and the trumpeter Michael Rodriguez.

The arrangements include a whole constellation of strings and wind instruments, and the individual beauty of each of the vocals is emphasized by the careful selection and distribution of the songs. Claudia Acunya performs Sin in despido, dedicated to the tragically killed Brazilian football team in a plane crash in 2016. The song Stella has been interpreted by Heidi Milance and is dedicated to Kalwache’s mother. The work is a kind of reminiscence of Horace Silver’s Lonely Woman song and is voiced by Mare’s harmonica. The song Let Me Come With You was performed by Broadway singer Luba Mason – Kalvache’s favorite. This song is deeply provoked by a poem by the Greek poet Janis Ritsos:

I know that each of us travels ONLY to our love,
ONLY to our faith and to our death.
I knew and tried it,
but it didn’t help.
Let me come with you.

And one of the most appealing songs in the production is the one performed by the voice of the legendary Ruben Blades, something that Calvache herself finds to be exciting and inspiring. Blades comes down to tell in his rich and colorful voice the story of the reunited lovers:

I want to be with you for the rest of my days and nights,
I don’t want to lose you again.

Thus, Kalvache’s songs tell the story of a “deep life” that goes through her trials well and none of the topics in her album were chosen by chance. Each one touched her deeply and made her think about the depths and unknown paths of life she was going through.

Release Date: May 29, 2020 by Sunnyside Records

  • Carolina Kalvache’s Vida Profunda music is a Desafinado accent.

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