Fronteras: Cecilia Zabala & Philippe Baden Powell


Cecilia Zabala & Philippe Baden Powell
“Argentine guitarist Cecilia Zabala and Brazilian-French pianist Philippe Baden Powell express the intensity and richness of the relationship of loans, appropriations and potential exchanges between the music of the two Latin American countries.” – Télam
Sunday, 29 January 2017
Concert at 7:30
Calvary Center
801 South 48th Street
(at Baltimore Avenue)
Philadelphia, PA 19143
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Music is a universal language that allows us to cross the borders of countries, languages and cultures. Fronteras is an invitation to stroll through those borders to find out different colors and flavors of South-American soundscapes. Traditional rhythms as Argentina’s Milonga or Brazil’s Samba, live alongside each other and Spanish and Portuguese poetry. Music and lyrics are the protagonists of a playful and dreamlike scenario.

Guitarist, singer and composer Cecilia Zabala was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1975. Throughout her career, she has created original compositions that blend sensitivity, emotion, technique and intuition. Her music draws on a rich mixture of influences, from Argentinian folklore, the contemporary language of the twentieth century, jazz, tango, and Brazilian music.

Her solo recordings reveal her as a deep and original songwriter and virtuoso 7-string guitar player. Following Argentinian influences ranging from Atahualpa Yupanqui to the minimalism of Juana Molina, Zabala’s work combines traditional, classical and pop elements. Cecilia is an active participant in the musical scene of Buenos Aires, with a variety of projects as a performer, composer and arranger. She plays as a soloist and has been a member of several different chamber ensembles and frequently tours internationally.

The son of the celebrated Brazilian guitarist Baden Powell and brother of the guitarist Louis Marcel Powell, Philippe Baden Powell started his piano studies at age seven in Germany and later returned with his family to Rio de Janeiro. At the age of fifteen, he began performing with his father and brother and also in solo acts, as both a popular and classical pianist and later studied at the Conservatório Brasileiro de Música and the Ecole Normale de Musique Alfred Cortot in Paris.

As a sideman Philippe has played with and performed with notables Seu Jorge, Maria Bethânia, Flora Purim, Airto Moreira, Roberto Menescal, MarceloD2, Wagner Tiso, Victor Biglione and Carlos Malta. In 2005 he was one of the winners of the Montreux Jazz Piano Solo Competition and moved to Europe to develop his own carreer. He has recorded 3 albums and performed all over the world featuring his talent as gifted pianist and inspired composer.

Philippe and Cecilia met in the summer of 1995 in the city of Curitiba (Brazil). Cecilia was studying MPB (Brazilian popular music) and Philippe was participating with his father, the Brazilian guitar player and composer Baden Powell, at a music seminar. They became friends and started a epistolary friendship that lasted several years until they could reconnect in Rio de Janeiro. Later, Philippe settled permanently in Paris while Cecilia started touring in Europe every year. This duet project is an extension of the friendship and the music that bring them together.

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Cecilia Zabala
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