July 31, 2021

The Valencia Jazz Festival welcomes Cecile McLorin

Cecile McLorin Salvant, one of the most recognized and unique voices on the international jazz scene, returns to the València Jazz Festival. She made her debut at the Festival in 2014, in the 18th edition, when she was considered a young revelation and gave a performance that is still highly remembered by the public and critics. Tomorrow, Tuesday, she will go on stage at the Teatro Principal at 8:00 p.m. to present to the Valencian public her latest work ‘The Widow’, accompanied by the pianist Sullivan Fortner.

The American singer, who has sold out, is one of the most anticipated appointments and the most relevant international performance of the current edition of the Festival. The president of the Palau, Gloria Tello, highlighted regarding this concert that “the great voices of jazz have always been present at our Festival, and this year we have one of the great international artists of the moment.” Tello wanted to value the female presence at the festival, which also “is having an excellent response from our audience, since both Arahi Martínez in the opening concert, as well as the performances of Cecile McLorin and Andrea Motis have quickly sold out the tickets” .

Cecile McLorin y Sullivan Fortner.

McLorin began her artistic career by obtaining the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition in 2010, and since then she has been a winner of several Grammys. In the album he will present tomorrow, each song offers a different perspective on the emotional complexity of love. It is a repertoire that includes Richard Rodgers and Stephen Sondheim or the visionary Stevie Wonder. Themes from the French cabaret and early Rhythm and blues, along with original compositions by McLorin Salvant. In this sense, the director of the Palau, Vicent Ros, highlighted that tomorrow’s program “presents an intimate format and communion with the public, in the tradition of the vocal duo with piano that we fans like so much.”

The American singer’s previous albums ‘WomanChild’ and ‘For One To Love’ established her style. ‘Dreams and Daggers’ highlights his fresh approach: live and in the studio, with a trio and a string quartet, standards and original compositions, united. His talents as an artist are rooted in his intensive study of American music history. His albums are explorations of the experiences and feelings of the popular song. She understands that the role of the musician is to share emotions. And it is that when he burst onto the jazz scene, many and many fans were surprised by his ability to remember the sound of Bessie Smith, Sarah Vaughan or Betty Carter.

The next appointment will be the following day with the performance of the Balearic pianist Marco Mezquida and his project ‘Beethoven Collage’, a tribute to the rhythm of jazz to Ludwig van Beethoven on the 250th anniversary of his birth.