Esperanza Spalding

Submitted by on Sep 16, 2015

Esperanza Spalding

Background:

«Esperanza» Spanish for hope, and perhaps this is the right name, which could give birth Esperanza Spalding ( Esperanza Spalding ) – double bass player, vocalist and composer. Blessed talented artist and great vocals, 23-year-old talent will certainly contribute to the future of jazz and instrumental music. Here he writes about Esperanza Seattle Times: “It is – a compelling performer. It combines both play bass and singing, playing music and it turns into a kind of interpretive dance … Her analysis of what is happening in modern jazz, insightful ».

An irresistible. Interpretive. Insightful. These words permeate through Esperensy destiny. She was born in 1984 in Portland, Oregon. Growing up in single-parent, also constrained financially, Esperanza family from an early age learned to be steadfast and virtuous man, yes differently and could not be, when there was such a role model like a mother. According to Esperanza “she was very strong and independent.””She did a million things. She was a baker, a carpenter, she worked in children’s homes, catering establishments, she worked with Cesar Chavez in the trade union movement. She was an amazing woman. She knew enough to make sense of the many negative things that I saw in my childhood – even before I fully understood what she was saying.”But even with such an indisputable role model, the school was given Esperanza is not easy, and it was not due to a lack of ingenuity. Its highly intuitive learning style is often at odds with the traditional system of education. On top of that as a child she was sick a lot, resulting in a large part of the program of elementary school, she studied at home. As a result, it has not been able to adapt rote, which offers a traditional school.”It was very difficult to fit into a situation where I was, as expected, will be sitting in the classroom and swallow everything that I fed,”says Esperanza.”As soon as I found out what a home schooling and private program, I could not go back to the traditional environment».

However, there was one thing that from early childhood gained a special meaning for the Esperanza, it was the music. In four years, he saw on the television show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood performance of cellist Yo-Yo Ma, way of life became suddenly very clear. “That’s when I realized that I wanted to make music,”says Esperanza.”Definitely this case made me aware of the music as a creative pursuit.”For almost a year she taught himself to play the violin so well that she was able to leave a mark in the Chamber Music Society of Oregon, a public orchestra, whose doors were open to both young and adult musicians. Having played in the orchestra of ten years, at age 15, she became its concertmaster. But by the time she experienced the double bass, and the unrelated to classical music, the way for it could open the tool. Suddenly, the performance of classical music orchestra in the public was for the young Esperanza enough. She started playing blues, funk, hip-hop and other styles of music in local clubs.”It’s funny, I wrote the song, but I had never been in love. As a poet and singer, I write songs about red wagons, toys and other children’s interests. No one understood what I was singing, but they liked the way it sounded, they just swallowed it ».

In 16 years, Esperanza ever left high school. With a portfolio of high school diploma and a generous scholarship, she enrolled in music courses at Portland State University. “Definitely, I was the youngest bass player in the program,”says Esperanza.”I was 16 years old and I played bass for about a year and a half. Most jazz musicians on the course has been behind at least eight years of training, and I tried to play in their orchestras and perform the Bach Suites for Cello. It really was not healthy, but how else, but my teachers never ceased to repeat, “all right, she does have talent. ‘” Berklee College of Music in Boston (Berklee College of Music) became the place where all the pieces finally came together and the door began to open. After moving to the East Coast, and three years of accelerated learning, she not only earned a bachelor of music, but also a teaching position (in 2005) at the age of 20 – the appointment, which made her the youngest faculty member in the history of the college.

Also in 2005, she became the winner of the prestigious Boston Jazz Society scholarship for outstanding musicianship. In addition to the study and teaching of music, years spent in Berkeley allowed to make connections in the music world. After moving to the East Coast Esperanza he has worked with several well-known artists, including pianist Michael Camilo (Michel Camilo), vibraphonist Dave Samuels (Dave Samuels), bassist Stanley Clarke (Stanley Clarke), guitarist Pat Metheny (Pat Metheny), singer Patti Austin (Patti Austin), and saxophonists Donald Harrison (Donald Harrison) and Joe Lovano (Joe Lovano). “Working with Joe’s terrifying,”says Esperanza,”but he – really generous man. I do not know if I’m ready to show or not, but his faith in me was huge. It was an amazing experience ».

A new chapter in the career of Esperanza began in May 2008 with the release of her international debut album on the label Esperanza Heads Up. The album was the first opportunity for a wider audience to fully testify to her talents of musician, singer and composer, but this album is – just the beginning of the path that she hopes to go, the way in which the creative possibilities are almost limitless. “I think there is some external force that blessed me with creative talents, and I do not want to ignore the plan that space, or heaven, or God, or anyone else could predetermine for me,”she explains.”The fact that I now know about myself exactly what I really want to do is reach people. I want to make great music, but I also want to use their talents to help people cheered, and maybe show them some shred of hope, which so far has not been in their lives. My name translates from Spanish as “hope”, and the name that I want to fit ».

Currently, Esperanza has three projects. Firstly, it is an album Esperanza two different by format were as follows: a trio consisting of Esperanza, Otis Brown (Otis Brown) and Leo Genovese (Leo Genovese), as well as a quartet with Otis Brown, Leo Genovese and Ricardo Vogt ( Ricardo Vogt). Secondly, from time to time, she also works with drummer Lyndon Rochelle (Lyndon Rochelle). And third, it plays in the band Joe Lovano.

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