Estrella Acosta

 

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Estrella releases new album of traditional Cuban songs, a tribute to
her motherland and its great troubadours

"After spending a while in the land of Latin jazz, it felt like the right time to return to my Cuban music roots, as in the year 2000 with the album and tour of Alma Guajira - Cuban Country Songs. The perfect occasion for this was when I reunited in 2019 at the Roode Bioscoop in Amsterdam with two of the main players in that swinging band, tres guitarist Carlitos Irarragorri and bassist Pedro Luis Pardo. Luckily, Carlitos, who was visiting Europe from Trinidad, Cuba, could join us for a wonderful concert and stay a couple of extra days. This happy reunion felt so good that we decided to record the music. Pedro Luis has been playing tres guitar in the past years next to his grooving bass. What could better mark a happy return to the countryside than the sound of not one, but two tres guitars! Then there is the swing of master percussionist Gerardo Rosales, and not only my vocals, but also those of Pedro Luis and Carlitos... We are happy to share the result with you: a new album of traditional Cuban songs, Noche Cubana, made with lots of sabor y amor! We are so grateful to be able to present this work, so dear to our heart, for it has brought us joy and hope during these challenging times. We hope it also brings you joy!"
                        - Estrella Acosta

 

Noche Cubana is now available in all digital stores, including iTunes, Google Music, YouTube Music
and the Amazon stores of most countries.
HearNow:   https://estrellaacosta.hearnow.com        Spotify:   https://open.spotify.com/album/1b2S1JubUfW66sOrnTY7gS

 

"Estrella Acosta not only pays tribute to her roots on this project. Recorded in a very intimate setting, and certainly in very good company, this is a small ensemble giving an inspired performance. At the same time traditional, modern and elegant, this timeless music will take you back in time and space, but may also create some bright moments in the present."
                        - Danilo Navas - Latin Jazz Network, Canada


 

 

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Mujeres de Luna
Songs by Cuban Women Composers

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Cuban vocalist Estrella Acosta went on a search in the rich and beautiful musical history of her motherland. She discovered new and original music, composed by women. Estrella presented these songs on her tour of the Netherlands, the country where she lives and works for many years, with imaginative arrangements in a new and contemporary instrumentation.

In 2017 the theater concert 'Mujeres de Luna' was performed in 11 theaters all over The Netherlands. Estrella's top Latin jazz quintet, together with the all female Pavadita String Quartet, gave the audience a unique perspective on these talented women of Cuba. 'How great - this concert takes you to a world made by women' said Mijke Loeven, now director of the Bimhuis in Amsterdam, at the premiere at De Doelen in Rotterdam.

Now the music of 'Mujeres de Luna' is also available for international bookings, with all nine musicians or in a more compact version for jazz quintet. Also, the cd of the same name is available for download from this site.

Female Cuban composers as source of inspiration

"Women always played an important role in Cuban music, but outside of Cuba their contribution as composers and singer-songwriters has often been neglected," says Estrella Acosta. Over the years they have provided outstanding and essential contributions to this rich history.
During the concert Mujeres de Luna we see where their music comes from and how the composers developed their own style and career. Estrella: "With this homage I would like to encourage all women to also follow their own path and realize their ideals."

Mujeres de Luna - Women in Cuban Music

Estrella Acosta (voice), Marc Bischoff (piano, musical director), Efraim Trujillo (sax/flute), Samuel Ruiz (double bass), Enrique Firpi (drums), Pavadita String Quartet: Claudia Valenzuela (violin), Sophie de Rijk (violin), Maria Sofia Espiga (viola), Eva van de Poll (cello)

The program consists of pieces by Maria Cervantes (1885-1981), Maria Teresa Vera (1895-1965), Margarita Lecuona (1910-1981), Teresita Fernández (1930-2013), Elda Carrillo (1933-2009), Marta Valdés (1934), Liuba Maria Hevia (1964), Lázara Ribadavia (1966) and Yaima Orozco (1980).
New arrangements for this line-up were written by Hilario Durán, Marc Bischoff and Michael Simon.



* 'Mujeres de Luna' can now be downloaded from all online music stores, like Apple iTunes, Google Play and, in the US, Amazon ...

     To mail-order the real CD click on RECORDINGS

     Listen here to a sampler of the CD on Soundcloud


* 'Mujeres de Luna' ahora se puede descargar en todas las tiendas de música en la red, incluyendo Apple iTunes, Google Play y, en los EE. UU., Amazon ...

     Para ordenar el CD físico, haga clic en RECORDINGS o envíe un correo electrónico.

     Escuche aqui una muestra del CD en Soundcloud


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The Dutch tour of 'Mujeres de Luna' was made possible by the Performing Arts Fund FPK

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