Sandra Mihanovich + Adrián Iaies = Jazz
It all started in 2014, when singer Sandra Mihanovich (Argentina – 1957) was called upon to perform at the legendary Colón Theater in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to pay tribute to Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald. «It was the most important evening of my life. There is nothing greater than performing at the Colón Theater» / Sandra Mihanovich.
Every song she sang was linked to personal memories from her beginnings, when she listened to jazz albums and sang during family gatherings or from the clubs where she was building her training with a strong jazz origin.
Sandra Mihanovich offered a remarkable concert, in which she went through the repertoire of the “Two Great Ladies of Jazz” with the sensitivity and skill of a favorite disciple, as if she had been waiting her entire life to sing this repertoire that she performed with a shocking spontaneity. «Honestly, when I went on stage, my only goal was to enjoy it from start to finish. I was surrounded by extraordinary musicians. »
For Mihanovich, the concert had the spirit of a re-encounter with emotional experiences, with the common thread of those undeniable songs that were part of the Ella and Sarah’s repertoire. It became clear that, besides her artistic course and her development within pop music, Sandra was born to sing jazz.
She was subtle and daring, in some moments with a velvety voice that brought to us some unconscious elements of Ella Fitzgerald, such as her modulation and her phrasing, and in others she showed her power, the interpretative search in Sarah Vaughan’s shades and character.
Sandra welcomed prominent guests, who allowed her to definitely show off in those versions. One of the greatest moments of the concert was when she was accompanied by Maestro Adrián Iaies in the piano, with the unbeatable work by Duke Ellington “I got it bad (and that ain’t good)”. It was the first time that they shared stage, but it looked like they had known each other for all their lives.
This project was triggered that evening in the Colón Theater, with this very personal duet of piano and voice, in which they provide their own sensitivity and musical essence coming from jazz roots.
Sandra Mihanovich was born on April 24, 1957.
Singer and actress, with a unique talent and an unmistakable voice, Sandra Mihanovich is without doubt one of the greatest examples of Argentine music.
With an early vocation, she has been singing since she was four. In 1976 she started her professional career. At that time, the Jockey Club advertisement was released. Its protagonists: Sandra and Julio Chávez, directed by Luis Puenzo and surrounded by the song Falta Poco Tiempo (Only a short time), which was the starting point of her artistic career in the dinner theater “La Ciudad”, in May, 1976.
In 1982 she recorded the song that would mark a before and after in her career: Puerto Pollensa, a unquestionable success that was followed by many others, such as Hagamos el Amor (Let’s make love), Soy lo que soy (I am what I am), Como la primera vez (Like the first time), and other titles that make up her wide discography.
Twenty-eight discs recorded, eleven Gold and five Platinum Discs.
She was named Distinguished Personality of the Culture of Buenos Aires City, and Peace Ambassador by Fundación Mil Milenios. We can highlight among her awards the Antorcha de Plata in Viña del Mar Festival, Chile; four Gardel Awards, three Martín Fierro, two Konex Awards and two ACE.
In August, 2015 Sandra made a dream come true: she presented her tribute to Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan at the Colón Theatre, sold out, a concert that she herself defines as ‘The most important evening of my life’.
Authentic, compassionate, brave and committed, Sandra Mihanovich took part in countless concerts, tours, theater plays, films, musicals, TV and radio programs, TV specials, TED Talks…
Sandra participates in a vast number of charity activities, singing or sharing her most important personal experience, when in 2012 she carried out the most altruistic and ultimate act of love that anyone could do, when she donated a kidney to her goddaughter.
Adrián Iaies was born in Buenos Aires on November 4, 1960. Pianist, composer, arranger, record producer, film composer and educator.
In 2008, he was appointed art director of Buenos Aires International Jazz Festival, as the culmination of a successful career in which his reinterpretation of the popular repertoire, especially tango, from a viewpoint and perspective strictly related to jazz, and an extraordinary prolific recording career, have earned him compliments, awards and nominations at home and abroad.
In addition to conducting the festival, he is the current director of La Usina del Arte in Buenos Aires.
He has received three nominations to the Grammy Awards, two Konex Awards (Platinum and Gold), the Clarín Award for Best Jazz Musician 2002, and has been nominated to the Gardel Awards in several opportunities.
His discography consists of twenty-two titles, including personal works and other collaborations with different artists. Among his most recent works, Cada mañana te trae / Adrián Iaies drumless trio (Every morning brings you) (20 misas, 2015), recorded in the Golden Room of the Colón Theater, is to be highlighted. His latest albums are La vida elige (Life chooses) and Como si te estuviese viendo (As if I were watching you), released in 2016. Some of these have been recorded and produced abroad (in Spain and the USA) and released all over the world.
From his international performances, we can underline his three evenings with Solopiano in the Lincoln Center of New York (2002), the performance of his quartet in San Sebastián Festival (2002), in Oslo World Music Festival ( 2005), Madrid and Barcelona Jazz Festivals (2006), Ibirapuera Auditorium and the season Encuentros &Encontros in San Pablo, Vancouver Festival (2008 and 2010), a concert with his Tango Reflections Trio in the America´s Society of New York ( 2008) and in the Metropolitan Opera Theater of Tel Aviv (2009) that established him and, more recently, in the jazz festivals of Porto Alegre, Minas Gerais, the FIL (Feria Internacional del Libro, International Book Fair) in Guadalajara and the Feria ARCO in Madrid.
He has shared the stage with Brad Mehldau, Ron Carter, Stanley Jordan, Bebo Valdes, Yellowjackets, Lee Konitz, Richard Bona, DinoSaluzzi, Kenny Werner, TootsThielemans and Pedro Aznar, among others.
“Adrián Iaies’ music has surely always moved within the jazz field but, for some time now, seems to have taken a diagonal straight to the heart of the genre…”
Federico Monjeau. Diario Clarín – Argentina
“There are some works in which an artist reflects all the experience gained along the road, and yet they say something completely new; they reveal mastery, but also a certain wisdom not without a dose of humility…”
Héctor Guyot, ADN. Argentina.-
“If one thing characterizes Adrián Iaies as a musician is the deep care to make each new production work as a new thesis. From the timbral or the formal point of view, or from the expression or the character, each new album is a promise and, at the same time, a surprise. ‘Cada mañana te trae’ is no exception…”
Diego Fischerman – Diario Página/12 – Argentina
“’Cada mañana te trae’ is a new expression of his prolific work, with compositions of his own, with jazz characteristics and a flexible nature to handle tempo and silence”.
Mariano Suarez – TELAM News agency- Argentina
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