Copenhagen Jazz Festival: Concha Buika
Voted one of the world’s “50 Great Voices” by NPR Music, Buika, born of African descent on the island of Majorca, has emerged as a true innovator, and is a must-see artist among jazz aficionados.
Buika is a creative survivor, a poet, composer, music producer and considers the role of “Mother” her paramount priority. She credits nature and her life’s experiences for her most profound lessons.
Her evident African roots and her cosmopolitanism, developed in clubs in Spain and Americanised during a surreal stint in Las Vegas, explain Buika’s rare self-possession. Having performed in over 22 countries, language has never been an obstacle.
Her audience spans the world and they adore her unique qualities. In 2010, Buika performed 95 concerts and the outpouring of appreciation in places like France, Turkey, Argentina and Mexico among others, stands out.
Nothing can quite explain her ability to connect with her audience, in spite of the fact that she sings nearly exclusively in Spanish – Buika is simply one of those rare and wonderful “one listen” artists. I
t’s a quality that struck the renowned filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar, who cast her in The Skin I Live In, and jazz legend Chick Corea, who featured Buika as a special guest during his epic run at the Blue Note in late 2011.
Buika began in the music industry in 2001, with her first album Mestizuo (2001 Producciones Blau S.L.), a presentation in the form of piano and vocals. Since then she has had several other successful and award-winning albums.
Her latest release is En Mi Piel (In My Skin), an exhaustive two-disc compilation on Warner Music Latina that showcases Buika’s breathtaking diversity and range, and her development as a total artist.
The collection begins with the two songs she performed in the Almodóvar film: Por el amor de amar (For the Love of Love) and a scintillating version of Se me hizo facil (It Was Easy), the original of which appeared on the Trago CD.
En Mi Piel also features signature songs from her earlier releases and as well as tracks culled from Buika’s guest appearances on projects by producer/guitarist Javier Limón, singer Armando Manzanero, Cuban pianists Bebo and Chucho Valdés, and special editions of her CDs not available in the U.S.
Venue: DR Koncerthuset, Koncertstalen
Date: Thursday July 10
Ticket price: 345-395 kr