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Sílvia Pérez Cruz (ES)

Musical storytelling

The wonderful Catalan singer Sílvia Pérez Cruz is known in both jazz, fado and flamenco circles, and has over the years become a remarkable musical storyteller. Sílvia grew up with musician parents, and is trained as a jazz singer, pianist and saxophonist. While studying in Barcelona, ​​she formed the flamenco group Las Migas with three friends, and the group received a lot of attention and appreciation all over Spain.

Her solo career started at 27, composing her own songs and developing a very personal style. She mainly sings in Spanish, Catalan and Portuguese and has collaborated with artists such as Joan Manuel Serrat, Jorge Drexler, Natalia Lafourcade, Gino Paoli, Javier Colina, Hamilton de Holanda, Rocío Molina or Toquinho, amongst many others. She has recorded 5 albums, two of them prized with the golden album award. She has also regularly written music for cinema, theatre and dance productions, and has received many awards in doing so.

Silvia visited Norway for the first time during Oslo World 2015 and delivered a very special concert at Victoria, packed with musical magic. When she now returns to the festival, four years later, it is with a new solo project, “ProyectoDrama”, where Cruz presents music composed in collaboration with other artists of different artistic disciplines: theatre, cinema, dance, painting, photography and poetry. Recent examples can be found in the film La noche de 12 años (English: A Twelve-Year Night), the original music created for the dance performance Grito Pelao and her compositions for the play Cyrano. Silvia will also feature some of her signature songs in this solo concert, both her own compositions and covers of artists such as Edith Piaf, Leonard Cohen and Enrique Morente.

There seems to be a consensus about one thing when it comes to Sílvia’s shows, though: singing her own songs or performing covers, in any language, new or classic ones, the language that dominates the scene in the end is always one of emotions.


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