Cyrille Aimée & Diego Figueiredo; Monday, March 3, 2014

Cyrille Aimée & Diego Figueiredo
Monday, March 3
Kuumbwa Jazz Center

“…a voice like fine whiskey” – The Washington Post

Although she could be categorized simply as a jazz vocalist, Cyrille Aimée is so much more; presenting a new, dynamic sound that often features her looping her own vocals, and creating beats, textures, and rhythms to make a tough and driving form of ‘vocalese.’  This duo of French-born singer Aimée and Brazilian guitarist Diego Figueiredo offers a full spectrum of musical offerings, reflecting their traditional foundation that is contrasted with electronic flourishes and international panache, garnering nothing short of rave reviews the world over.

Offering a sound that crosses genres and borders alike, Aimée was a finalist in the prestigious Thelonious Monk Vocal Competition of 2010, performing in front of a jury including Al Jarreau, Kurt Elling, Dianne Reeves, Dee Dee Bridgewater. She has since toured the world over, won both the first and public prize in the 2007 Montreaux Jazz Festival Competition, garnered accolades from NPR and has become a fixture on the Manhattan jazz scene. 

As the New York Times notes, “Michael Jackson brushes shoulders with Sarah Vaughn in the person of Cyrille Aimée, a saucy, curly-haired jazz singer with one foot in tradition and the other in electronics.”  Indeed, she brings a playfulness to her material, from standards such as “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes” to Creedence Clearwater’s “Fortunate Son,” simultaneously giving them all unexpected twists.

Together with Figueiredo, Aimée has crafted a beautiful album, titled Just The Two Of Us.  Featuring the sort of eclectic selection of songs you can expect to see them perform on-stage, the two musicians have a natural rapport; Aimée with a driving rhythm courtesy of her mother’s Dominican heritage and the inherent swing of French gypsy culture, melding with Figueiredo’s intuitive Brazilian feel and swift guitar passages.  It may be two musicians, but together they sound like an orchestra.

CALENDAR INFO
Cyrille Aimée & Diego Figueiredo

DATE: Monday, March 3, 2014
VENUE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIME: 7:00 PM
PRICE: $22/Adv $27/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:
Steve Frumkin
330-405-9075
wadsworthjazz@sbcglobal.net

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