World music vocalist Kat Parra is, in the words of Jazz Times
, "an exceptional world music ambassador." She pushes beyond the boundaries of Latin jazz to include rhythms and inspiration from Brazil, Peru, the Middle East and even 15th-century Spain. In her appearance at Sunnyvale Theatre, she'll perform selections from her recently released fourth album, Las Aventuras de Pasion
, including the crowd-pleasing Mardi Gras classic "Iko Iko," a cover of Linda Ronstadt's "Lo Siento Mi Vida" and a number of her originals that combine ancient Sephardic lyrics with modern Latin American grooves. Twice named Best Latin Jazz Vocalist of the Year by Latin Jazz Corner
and nominated for Latin Jazz Album of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association, Parra sings fluently in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Ladino. Some of the Bay Area's best provide backup: pianist and musical director Murray Low, multi-instrumentalist Masaru Koga, bassist Chris Lopes, drummer Dan Foltz and percussionist Katja Cooper.
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