Eliane Elias, Monday, October 22, 2012

Eliane Elias
Monday, October 22, 2012
Kuumbwa Jazz

“… Eliane Elias is a formidable artist.” – E-jazz News

Eliane Elias never stops looking for new ways to fashion her Brazilian roots into new avenues of expression.  Since her earliest appearance on the North American music scene, as the pianist for Mike Mainieri’s Steps Ahead, Elias has forged her own way, becoming one of Brazil’s best-known and respected musical exports. Mixing the influences of Jobim, Bud Powell, and her classical music training with the rhythmic underpinnings of Brazilian samba, Elias always comes up with intriguing musical insights. A strong, emotive pianist and composer, Eliane’s occasional vocalizing, in dynamic contrast to her robust piano playing, is almost reticent, with a warm intimacy, enticing to the ear. Her most recent release Swept Away is due out September 25th on ECM Records.

A native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Eliane Elias was drawn to music as a child. At age seven, she started piano lessons. By her early teens, she was already investigating North American jazz pianists, transcribing their solos.  A teen prodigy, she was teaching piano and jazz improvisation to fellow students by age 15.  Two years later, she began her performing career.  Elias moved to New York City in the early eighties where she landed the keyboard chair in vibraphonist Mike Mainieri’s Steps Ahead. Steps Ahead put Eliane in the middle of the jazz elite with Michael Brecker, on saxophone; Eddie Gomez, on bass; and Peter Erskine, on drums.

Elias’ solo career kicked into high gear after her initial stint with Steps Ahead put her on the jazz map. In three decades, she has produced over 25 recordings of high-caliber music in a variety of configurations, quite often favoring the piano trio format. In recent years, she has become as well-known for her soft, sensuous vocals, as she has for her forthright, melodic keyboard skills. Intricately blending earthy Brazilian rhythms with ethereal harmonies and melodies, Eliane’s composition’s focus on telling a story, as opposed to displays of virtuosity for virtuosity’s sake. In addition to her composing and arranging talents, she is also recognized as one of the foremost interpreters of Antonio Carlos Jobim’s music. With her latest album, Swept Away, Eliane features a top-class quartet of double-bassist Marc Johnson, drummer Joey Baron and saxophonist Joe Lovano communing over music that is engaging and sensual, lyrical and swinging.

Eliane Elias

DATE: Monday, October 22, 2012
PLACE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIMES: 7:00 and 9:00 PM
PRICE: $23/Adv $26/Door
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at: http://www.kuumbwajazz.org
MORE INFO: http://www.kuumbwajazz.org or 831-427-2227

Media contact:
Morty Wiggins


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