Exploration & Risk Taking: Corina Bartra Performing Live

by chipboaz on May 23, 2017

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One of the key factors in being a successful creative musician is a willingness to try new things. In fact, musical risk taking is part of the job description for a jazz musician; improvisation alone makes the act of performing jazz an exploratory one. Simply trying something new isn’t enough though; it’s very important to see new ideas through to a high level of execution. Discovery means that you’re encountering an idea for the first time – that’s the opportunity to grab it. From there, you’ve got to return to that idea continuously to mold it into something with depth and meaning. After you’ve fully integrated the idea into your repertoire, it’s time to repeat the process. It’s a task that requires a brave soul – explore, practice, absorb, repeat – but it’s a task that’s absolutely necessary to the life of a jazz musician.

Vocalist, composer, and arranger Corina Bartra has spent the better part of her life trying new things, and resultantly creating a stream of new and interesting projects. Spending time in both New York and Peru, Bartra has different musical worlds to explore and she has spent the past few decades trying different combinations of jazz and Afro-Peruvian music. An early adopter of hybrids between the music, she has released several albums placing jazz harmonies over Afro-Peruvian rhythms. Her latest album,Uniting Beats, from her Afro Peruvian New Trends Orchestra, takes things in a completely different direction, focusing exclusively upon Bartra’s Big Band composing and arranging. Bartra doesn’t sing on the album; this rich collection of large ensemble pieces displays a new side to Bartra’s musicianship, letting us see her skill as a writer and bandleader. The results are wonderful, giving us a beautifully constructed Big Band view of Afro-Peruvian Jazz, as interpreted by Bartra. Today’s Video Feature shows Bartra as a performer, trying musical ideas with conviction and an adventurous spirit – enjoy!

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