Born in Granada, Spain and now based in New York, singer/song-writer, Lara Bello conveys the music of her hometown: Flamenco, Arabic melodies and Mediterranean roots masterfully fused with African and Latin American rhythms. Her magical voice expressively touches your heart whilst her poetic lyrics take you on a beautiful journey. She was named Spanish World Music Artist of the Year in 2010 (World Music Charts Europe) for her debut recording, Niña pez (2009). In 2012 her second recording, Primero amarillo después malva, received rave reviews in the United States and Latin America from People Magazine and NPR’s “The World.” In 2013 her third recording, Por el agua de Granada: Cancionero lorquiano, based on traditional Spanish songs compiled by poet Federico García Lorca, was featured on CNN. She has performed extensively around the word with her band, playing at such prestigious venues as the Kennedy Center in Washington DC (selected by the Embassy of Spain as Best Spanish Artist in the European Month of the City, 2014), Auditorium of The Aga Khan Museum (Toronto, Canada), Auditorio Radio IMER (México DF), Beijing Ninegates International Jazz Festival (National Library of Beijing, China), Damascus International Jazz Festival 2010 (Damascus, Syria) as well as concerts in Colombia, Japan, New York, Germany and many others.
“Larita is a gifted singer with a beautiful and unusual instrument. Singing her own compositions, it makes a beautiful combination“ Lila Downs
“She´s courageous. Lara Bello is a diamond that shines far away” José Miguel López Radio3 –National Radio of Spain
Born in 1971 in Caracas, Luis Perdomo, from the age of 12, was playing on Venezuelan TV and radio stations, but he eventually realized that he would have to travel to New York City to fulfill his musical destiny. “Being in a more competitive and challenging environment was a big change that I welcomed,” he says. In 1993, Perdomo relocated to New York and enrolled with a full scholarship to the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Harold Danko and classical pianist Martha Pestalozzi, and earned his earned his BA Degree in 1997. Perdomo later studied with pianist extraordinaire, Sir Roland Hanna at Queens College, and received his Masters Degree in 2000. “Studying with Sir Roland Hanna …“I began to look at jazz and classical music in a new and more in-depth way and my playing evolved accordingly,” he says. Perdomo has appeared on over two hundred records, and has become a first-class sideman to artists like Dave Douglas, David Sanchez, Tom Harrell, Steve Turre, Ben Wolfe, Ray Barretto, Brian Lynch, David Gilmore, Conrad Herwig, Ignacio Berroa, Ralph Irizarry and Timbalaye and other great musicians. He was a member of Ravi Coltrane’s Quartet for ten years, and is a founding member of the Miguel Zenon Quartet. Perdomo recorded on three Grammy-nominated CD’s: Coltrane’s Influx, and Zenon’s Esta Plena, and Alma Adentro: The Puerto Rican Songbook.
“Mr. Perdomo plays with deep sonority, rhythmic aplomb and an ear for useful dissonance.” – New York Times
“A rather amazing improviser, the pianist is making a name for himself by feverishly assaulting the progressive edge of mainstream jazz.” — Village Voice