pianist, composer, and music director Olivia
Pérez-Collellmir now makes her home in Boston, Massachusetts and is on
the faculty at Berklee Music. Her self-titled debut release, Olivia,
hit the streets on September 15, 2023, and if you love Latin jazz piano,
you really need to give this album a listen. Joining Olivia Perez-Collellmir on piano is a
multi-talented ensemble of international musicians that make it such an
engaging and sensational release.
Pérez-Collellmir - Olivia: Promenade,
Cançó Dansa VI, Promenade 2, Angelico (Tangos a Mompou), Promenade 3, Combat
del Somni, Promenade 4, Le Tombeau de Couperin, Together, Promenade 5, Granada,
Promenade 6, Barcelona
Personnel: Olivia Pérez-Collellmir: piano, John Lockwood: bass, Bertram
Lehmann: drums, José Moreno: cajón, Sonia Olla: handclapping,
footwork, Ismael Fernandez: handclapping, Flamenco vocalist, Judit Neddermann: vocals (track 6), Amir
Milstein: winds, flute, Bengisu Gokce: violin 1, Helen
Sherrah-Davies: Violin 2, Josh Wareham: viola, Naseem Alatrash:
cello, James Heazlewood Dale: acoustic base, Shradha Ganesh:
vocals, Leonardo Prakash: sitar, Fernando Huergo: electric bass, Giri
Subramaniam: table, Aleix Tobias: percussion, Loreto de Diego:
vocals (track 13)
Production by Grammy Nominee Gonzalo Grau for Olivia
Pérez-Collellmir - Olivia released on the ADHYĀROPA Records label.
opens with the track, Promenade 1, a short composition of 1:06
minutes by Olivia Pérez-Collellmir, that acts as an amuse bouche with
Olivia's stellar piano setting the musical table for what is to follow. She
layers in five more of these Promenades throughout the release between
compositions, which help segue the music from two compositions by Frederic
Mompou (1893 - 1987), one composition by French composer, pianist, and
conductor Maurice Ravel (1875-1937), and her own longer compositions.
Next in the
playlist is Cançó Dansa VI a lively Catalan flavored composition by Spanish
composer and pianist Frederic Mompou and arranged by Gonzalo Grau. Joining
Olivia are John Lockwood on bass, and Aleix Tobias. This track is sensational
and showcases Olivia's piano mastery complemented by John Lockwood's bass.
Promenade 2 (0.56 minutes) slows the pace and then segues into the Frederic
Mompou composition Angelico (Tangos a Mompou), arranged by Olivia and Chano
Domīnguez. Joining Olivia on piano, are John Lockwood on bass, Bertram Lehmann
on drums, José Moreno on cajón, and Sonia Olla and Ismael Fernandez
contributing handclapping. This composition has a booming piano intro then
segues into pristine piano notes that continue at an up-tempo pace.
inserts Promenade 3 then shifts into one more composition by Frederic
Mompou entitled Combat del Somni, arranged by Gonzalo Grau. Joining
Olivia are Judit Neddermann adding her lovely vocals, Amir Milstein on winds,
Bengisu Gokce - violin 1, Helen Sherrah-Davies - violin 2, Josh Wareham on
viola, Nassem Alatrash on cello, and James Heazlewood Dale on acoustic bass.
Next is Promenade 4, followed by the Maurice Ravel composition, Le
Tombeau de Couperin, which Olivia arranged. Joining her on piano on this
stunning duet piece is Nassem Alatrash on cello.
continues with Olivia's own compositions that really show her impressive talent
as a composer, master pianist, and musical director. Playing piano since the
age of four, she began studying at The Superior Conservatory of Music in
Barcelona at age eight. Olivia is a pianist that makes you sit up and
immediately take notice of her talent.
Track 9, Together,
is an award-winning composition that features Olivia on piano, Shradha Ganesh -
vocals, Leonardo Prakash on sitar, Fernando Huergo on electric bass, Bertram
Lehmann on drums, Giri Subramaniam on tabla, José Moreno on cajón, and
handclapping by Sonia Olla and Ismael Fernandez. The strong flamenco influence
is a standout on the release with Shradha's captivating vocals.
interlude follows with Promenade 5, then bursts into the track, Granada,
with flamenco vocalist Ishmael Fernandez also providing handclapping
along with Sonia Olla, who also contributes fast paced footwork. This is a breathtaking piece features Amir
Milstein on flute, Fernando Huergo on electric bass, Bertram Lehmann on drums,
and José Moreno on cajón.
Promenade 6 sparkles with pristine piano notes, then Olivia deftly closes the
release with an homage to her birth-city, her award-winning composition entitled,
Barcelona, with lyrics by Camila Cortina, and arrangements by Camila and
Olivia. Joining Olivia on this grand finale is Loreto de Diego (vocals), Amir
Milstein on winds, Bertram Lehmann on drums, José Moreno on cajón, handclapping
by Sonia Olla and Ishamel Fernandez, Bengisu Gokce (violin 1), Helen
Sherrah-Davies (violin 2), Josh Wareham on viola, Naseem Alatrash on cello, and
James Heazlewood Dale on acoustic bass.
The composition opens with a long piano intro followed by the haunting strings
and progresses and develops into a lively rhythm accented with Loreto de
Diego's vocals. While the entire release is well-crafted, this signature
composition is amazing and is a fitting tribute to Barcelona and the talent of
one of its shining stars - Olivia Perez-Collellmir. Bravo!
time, keep enjoying the music!
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