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Mujeres de Luna: Songs by Cuban Women Composers

by Estrella Acosta

Estrella brings new life to the songs of great female composers from her motherland Cuba - eleven musical gems, played by her Latin jazz group with strings, that mix rhythms from Cuba, Venezuela, Brazil and Curaçao in imaginative, adventurous arrangements
Genre: Jazz: Latin Jazz
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1. Esta Vez Toco Perder
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2. Dime Que Me Amas
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3. Días Que Quiero
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4. Ofrenda
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5. Tus Manos Blancas
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6. Eclipse
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7. Canción del Mar No. 1
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8. La Suerte
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9. Canción Facil
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10. Canción Dificil
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11. Razones
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Mujeres de Luna - Songs by Cuban women composers

Cuban vocalist Estrella Acosta and her top Latin jazz group, together with the all female Pavadita String Quartet and special guests Orlando ‘Maraca’ Valle and Horacio ‘El Negro’ Hernández, give their unique perspective of songs composed by Cuban women over the past one hundred years.

Estrella went on a search in the rich musical history of Cuba, and found fresh and little known repertoire: "Women always played an important role in Cuban music, but outside of the country their outstanding and essential contributions as composers and singer-songwriters were often neglected."

Included are songs by Maria Cervantes (1885-1981), Maria Teresa Vera (1895-1965), Margarita Lecuona (1910-1981), Teresita Fernández (1930-2013), Elda Carrillo (1933-2009), Marta Valdés (1934), Liuba Maria Hevia (1964), Lázara Ribadavia (1966) and Yaima Orozco (1980).

The arrangements by Hilario Durán, Marc Bischoff and Michael Simon open up a panorama of Latin American rhythms and jazz harmonies, giving the soloists ample space to create.

Estrella Acosta has long been an advocate of Cuban music. Born in Havana, she got to know the tradition during her childhood with her family in the province of Matanzas. After studying anthropology in Austin, Texas, she followed her musical dreams on a journey that took her to Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, New York and finally to Amsterdam, now the home base for her musical travels in Europe and America.

Musicians:
Estrella Acosta - voice, Marc Bischoff - piano, musical director, Efraim Trujillo - soprano, tenor sax / flute, Samuel Ruiz - bass, Enrique Firpi - drums
Pavadita Strings: Claudia Valenzuela - violin, Sophie de Rijk - violin, Maria Sofia Espiga - viola, Eva van de Poll - cello, Mirelys Morgan - violin, Jan Erik van Regteren Altena - viola, Eduard van Regteren Altena - cello
Michael Simon - trumpet, Beatriz Aguiar Llorca, Maria Catharina, Nando Vanin, Fabian Nodarse - coros, Ulrich de Jesus - cuatro, Roël Calister - wiri-wiri
and Orlando ‘Maraca’ Valle - flute, Horacio ‘El Negro’ Hernández - percussion.

Liner notes:
“Estrella Acosta has pulled it all together on this very special recording:
heartfelt and unique vocal interpretations, an incredible team of musicians, and stunning arrangements. With warm strings, along with a burning rhythm section, this lush recording reflects a powerful emotional vision.
She has brought new life to many of Cuba’s forgotten great women composers by uncovering many musical gems with a new and fresh approach.
I love this CD because it is full of thought, heart and joy.”

- Jane Bunnett is a Canadian saxophonist, flutist and bandleader, a multiple Juno Award winner and Grammy nominee.

"Even if you didn't know Estrella Acosta studied cultural anthropology in Austin at the University of Texas, her scholarly roots would be revealed by her new album, Mujeres de Luna. It's a compendium of songs penned by Cuban women composers
over the course of the last century.
The focus is entirely valid as Cuban men have received, for the most part, the lion's share of attention where songcraft is concerned. Some of the women songwriters whose work comprise the album are well-known, others warrant more attention. Digging deeper, Estrella has bypassed classic tunes for songs off-the-beaten path that, like their authors, clamor for greater recognition.
Though the repertoire is not strictly confined to boleros, all compositions receive an egalitarian jazz makeover, courtesy of a tight ensemble and imaginative charts.
Some albums have a slapdash feeling about them, as though they simply ’happened‘ by the artist's random whim. Not so Mujeres de Luna. For her dedication to showcasing hidden gems in the songbook of her country of origin, Estrella Acosta deserves the appreciation of Cuban music lovers, not only in the Netherlands, her home base, but the world over."

- Nat Chediak is the author of Diccionario de Jazz Latino and a Grammy-winning music producer.


1. ESTA VEZ TOCÓ PERDER 4:41 - MARÍA TERESA VERA
Estrella Acosta (voice), Marc Bischoff (piano), Samuel Ruiz (bass), Enrique Firpi (drums), Mirelys Morgan (violin), Jan Erik van Regteren Altena (viola), Eduard van Regteren Altena (cello), Efraim Trujillo (flute), Horacio ’El Negro‘ Hernández (percussion), arranged by Michael Simon

2. DIME QUE ME AMAS 6:15 - MARÍA TERESA VERA
Estrella Acosta (voice), Marc Bischoff (piano), Samuel Ruiz (bass), Enrique Firpi (drums), Claudia Valenzuela (violin), Sophie de Rijk (violin), Maria Sofia Espiga (viola), Eduard van Regteren Altena (cello), Efraim Trujillo (tenor sax),
Horacio ’El Negro‘ Hernández (percussion), Beatriz Aguiar Llorca, Maria Catharina (coro), arranged by Marc Bischoff

3. DÍAS QUE QUIERO 4:25 - YAIMA OROZCO
Estrella Acosta (voice), Marc Bischoff (piano), Samuel Ruiz (bass), Enrique Firpi (drums), Mirelys Morgan (violin), Sophie de Rijk (violin), Maria Sofia Espiga (viola), Eva van de Poll (cello), Orlando ’Maraca‘ Valle (flute), Horacio ’El Negro‘ Hernández (percussion), arranged by Michael Simon

4. OFRENDA 3:53 - LIUBA MARÍA HEVIA
Estrella Acosta (voice), Marc Bischoff (piano), Samuel Ruiz (bass), Enrique Firpi (drums), Claudia Valenzuela (violin), Maria Sofia Espiga (viola), Eva van de Poll (cello), Efraim Trujillo (tenor sax), Horacio ’El Negro‘ Hernández (percussion), arranged by Marc Bischoff

5. TUS MANOS BLANCAS 4:39 - MARÍA CERVANTES
Estrella Acosta (voice), Marc Bischoff (piano), Samuel Ruiz (bass), Enrique Firpi (drums), Claudia Valenzuela (violin), Sophie de Rijk (violin), Maria Sofia Espiga (viola), Eduard van Regteren Altena (cello), Orlando ’Maraca‘ Valle (flute),
Horacio ’El Negro‘ Hernández (percussion), arranged by Hilario Durán

6. ECLIPSE 5:16 - MARGARITA LECUONA
Estrella Acosta (voice), Marc Bischoff (piano), Samuel Ruiz (bass), Enrique Firpi (drums), Claudia Valenzuela (violin), Maria Sofia Espiga (viola), Eva van de Poll (cello), Efraim Trujillo (tenor sax), Horacio ’El Negro‘ Hernández (percussion), arranged by Michael Simon

7. CANCIÓN DEL MAR NO.1 5:24 - TERESITA FERNÁNDEZ
Estrella Acosta (voice), Marc Bischoff (piano), Samuel Ruiz (bass), Enrique Firpi (drums), Claudia Valenzuela (violin), Sophie de Rijk (violin), Maria Sofia Espiga (viola), Eduard van Regteren Altena (cello), Orlando ’Maraca‘ Valle (flute),
Horacio ’El Negro‘ Hernández (percussion), arranged by Michael Simon

8. LA SUERTE 5:06 - ELDA CARRILLO
Estrella Acosta (voice), Marc Bischoff (piano), Samuel Ruiz (bass), Enrique Firpi (drums), Claudia Valenzuela (violin), Maria Sofia Espiga (viola), Eva van de Poll (cello), Efraim Trujillo (soprano sax), Horacio ’El Negro‘ Hernández (percussion), Beatriz Aguiar Llorca, Maria Catharina (coro), arranged by Marc Bischoff

9. CANCIÓN FÁCIL 4:31 - MARTA VALDÉS
Estrella Acosta (voice), Marc Bischoff (piano), Samuel Ruiz (bass), Enrique Firpi (drums), Claudia Valenzuela (violin), Maria Sofia Espiga (viola), Eva van de Poll (cello), Efraim Trujillo (flute), Horacio ’El Negro‘ Hernández (percussion), arranged by Hilario Durán

10. CANCIÓN DIFÍCIL 4:16 - MARTA VALDÉS
Estrella Acosta (voice), Marc Bischoff (piano), Samuel Ruiz (bass), Enrique Firpi (drums), Claudia Valenzuela (violin), Sophie de Rijk (violin), Maria Sofia Espiga (viola), Eduard van Regteren Altena (cello), Michael Simon (trumpet),
Horacio ’El Negro‘ Hernández (percussion), arranged by Michael Simon

11. RAZONES 4:02 - LÁZARA RIBADAVIA Estrella Acosta (voice), Marc Bischoff (piano), Samuel Ruiz (bass), Enrique Firpi (drums), Mirelys Morgan (violin), Sophie de Rijk (violin), Maria Sofia Espiga (viola), Eva van de Poll (cello), Efraim Trujillo (soprano sax), Ulrich de Jesus (cuatro), Roël Calister (wiri-wiri), Nando Vanin, Fabian Nodarse (coro), arranged by Marc Bischoff

Recorded at JV2 Studios and eStar Studio by Marc Bischoff and Arjen Gorter
Mixed by Marc Bischoff at JV2 Studios, Schiedam, The Netherlands
Mastered by Jerry Tubb at Terra Nova Digital Audio, Inc., Austin, Texas
Produced by Estrella Acosta and Arjen Gorter

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Cam

An all star band!
Fantastic jazz soloing, creative arrangements and beautiful singing. A well deserved tribute to these Cuban female composers.
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Eduardo Triana

Great CD! and Great Music from Estrella Acosta
Another great delivery from Estrella Acosta, WoW, beautiful music , love the arrangements and the smooth melodies. The lyrics are also poetic reflecting Estrella's Cuban passion and background.
Thanks for this gift!
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