25-year-old American jazz phenom Esperanza Spalding and her towering upright bass are touring Europe right now and causing a sensation! Not only are the music critics amazed by the sheer talent, but all abuzz about what to expect next from such a young artist! You can catch her in Paris, November 8, 2010 at the Théâtre de l’Atelier.
Esperanza began playing violin at age 5, but soon followed with oboe, clarinet, piano, guitar and bass, all the while playing classical music by ear and composing! At 15 she had her first gig as a conductor. Enrolled at the Berklee College of Music in Boston at age 16, she rubbed shoulders with the likes of Keith Jarrett, Herbie Hancock, Brad Mehldau and Pat Metheny and at 20 became the youngest teacher there in the history of the school.
Her first album, “Junjo”, came out in 2005, and was well received in the US; but in 2008, Esperanza began making a name for herself in Europe with her CD “Esperanza”, clearly defining her jazz aesthetic and featuring songs in both English and Spanish.
Her latest CD, “Chamber Music Society” is a MUST, where she truly becomes one with her instrument and pushes the limits with an incredible duet with one of her own idols, Brazilian guitarist, Milton Nascimento.
If you miss her in Paris, you can join the rest of us in our wait for the highly anticipated “Radio Music Society” CD, due out in spring 2011.
Here’s a clip from PBS’ Austin City Limits, where Esperanza performed live in Austin, Texas in February 2010.
November 8, 2010 – 8:30 pm
Théâtre de l’Atelier
1 Place Charles Dullin
75018 Paris, France
01 46 06 49 24