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Ana Carla Maza Caribe Tour

Ana Carla Maza Caribe Tour

Wed 17 Apr 2024–Fri 03 May 2024

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Cuban composer, cellist and singer, Ana Carla Maza makes a freedom-fulfilling musical reconnection to her Havana upbringing and Latin American roots with the release of Caribe. Self-produced and featuring a brass heavy sextet, it’s a throwback to the Afro-Cuban descarga jams of the 1950s with plentiful and joyful paths to the rumbas of the Caribbean, the tangos of Argentina and flirts with Brazilian bossa-jazz and samba.

With over 150 concerts performed in 2022, following her second album Bahia, Ana Carla’s immersion in her music is, and has always been, absolute (and starting from a very young age). In Caribe, she has thrown caution to the wind, and unlike her previous solo work has solar-powered her songbook, and brought together a Latin jazz band, allowing her to re-colour and patch together her joyful memories of growing up, during the late 1990s, in the wildly exuberant city of Havana. It was a seismic time for the city that had a profound affect on Ana Carla, as a worldwide craze for boleros and cha cha cha had taken hold, following the momentous popularity of the Buena Vista Social Club music and film.

Classically trained, Ana Carla took her first musical steps growing up in the ever-reverberating ‘rumbero’ district of Guanabacaoa, Havana. She vividly remembers looking out of her much-loved Grandmother’s lounge window and listening to and observing Afro-Cuban ceremonial music and ritual (Santería), which took place in the opposite building. At 5 years old , her mother (Mirza Sierra, director of a children’s choir) and father (Carlos Maza, jazz composer an instrumentalist) introduced her to the piano with the help of Miriam Valdés, sister of the living legend Chucho Valdés. She plucked her first cello string at 8 years old when the cello outsized her, and it would become the instrument that she would call her own.

Ana Carla is a cellist in the traditional and organic sense. You won’t see or hear electronic manipulation or looping of the instrument. She is a musician who has tirelessly committed herself to mastering the craft. Ana Carla relocated from Cuba to Spain with her family when she was 12 years old and at 16, armed with cello and purpose, went in search of Paris, her dream musical destination. She went on to pass the necessary exams and was enrolled at the French Conservatoire of Music. That period, studying and performing around the French capital would set her out on a path of creativity and performance that she has extended to this day, with only 28 years to her name, with an intense touring schedule, and prolific recording history - Caribe is her third album release in 3 years.

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Wed 17 April
Stage time / 7:30pm

Location

LEEDS Howard Assembly Room,
32 New Briggate
Leeds
LS1 6NU

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Thu 18 April
Stage time / 7:30pm

Location

Jazz Cafe,
5 Parkway
NW1 7PG

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Thu 02 May
Stage time / 7:30pm

Location

Firth Hall,
Alfred Denny Building
University of Sheffield
S10 2TN

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£10 - £15

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Fri 03 May
Stage time / 7:30pm

Location

SAFFRON WALDEN Saffron Hall,
Audley End Road
CB11 4UH

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