Eliane Correa En El Aire Project
@ the PizzaExpress Jazz Club
1 June 2016
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Eliane Correa is a Latin pianist, composer and bandleader. Hailing
from Havana, Buenos Aries, Barcelona and London, Correa can be seen
at various venues throughout London including Camden’s Jazz
Café and the PizzaExpress Jazz Club to name a few.
Correa’s debut album “Rumba Con Flores” was part
recorded in Havana, Cuba and London where over thirty musicians
were invited to bring to flower the compositions written, in their
entirety, by Correa. The album expresses her deep devotion to jazz
and the Afro Cuban tradition and her love of contemporary neo-soul,
R&B and urban Latino music. 27-year-old Correa explains,
“the way traditional Cuban jazz and Latin jazz have been shaped
- we're trying to break that mould and go somewhere new.”
This was made possible by using a sterling cast of musicians and
the growth in the Cuban scene in London over recent years. Players
on the record include Graeme Flowers (Kylie Minogue, Moloko, Imelda
May), drummers Ernesto Simpson (Richard Bona, Herbie Hancock, Gonzalo
Rubalcaba) and Michel Castellanos, saxophonist Roberto Manzin (Laura
Mvula, Alejandro Sanz), Afro-Cuban folklore ensemble Osaín
del Monte and some of Cuba's top young batá drum players.
Eliane Correa attended Luxembourg Conservatoire while still in
her teens. Her mother and father, from Argentina and Cuba via Spain,
provided unsuspecting musical guidance but there was to be a moment
of eclipsing significance later in Correa’s childhood during
her quest to connect with her Cuban ancestry. When she was 17 years
old she left Europe for Havana, Cuba to continue her music study.
A dream came to light but that was quickly darkened after she found
out she had tendinitis in her hand hindering her ability to play
the piano. Undeterred she immersed herself in music, hanging out
in jazz clubs like La Zorra y el Cuervo mixing with local jazz,
son and rumba musicians all the time steering her musical vessel.
During this period she worked as a tour guide up and down the Malecón
coast downtown Havana and in the midst of keeping her head above
water she was invited to a spiritual drumming ceremony. The Afro
Cuban batá drum and deities from the Lucumí (“Santería”)
devotion changed Correa’s life and musical perspective.
Eliane Correa has carved out her career in London in recent years,
most notably as writer and performer in global urban music collective
WARA, Correa’s multifarious identity as an artist is striking
in the natural way she breathes so many diverse forms of music.
Following on from a sell out at London’s Latin Jazz Festival
in 2015, Eliane Correa and her 10 piece band played at the Jazz
Café to a rapturous welcome. Correa and band continue to
make waves wherever they perform.