a life sountrack - triple cd
Press Release "A life soundtrack"
AWARDED BEST RECORD 2019 “GOLDEN EAR AWARDS’ by Earshot Jazz
10 weeks on Jazz National Charts
1 week on #25 at Jazz National Charts
With her self-released 3-CD set “A Life Soundtrack” (December 2019), Marina Albero has composed an intimate biography in the musical languages of old Europe, modern Spain, 1990’s Cuba and the US of today. Comfortable in the syntax and idioms of classical, flamenco, son and American jazz, Albero shares chapters on learning, love, loss, and life that will move and inspire you. Her musical story has been captivating audiences and musicians around the Northwest since she moved to Seattle in 2015.
“A life Soundtrack” began with 12 live performance videos produced in 2017 for her followers on Patreon.com/marinalbero. You can also find a related project, “Mikrotunes”, on Soundcloud where she released micro compositions regularly (2010-2011). For the first time, Albero crosses the online border to make a 3-CD set that covers the landscape of her journey so far.
Volume #1 “Albero” was recorded in 2008 in Barcelona with her friends and family. Produced by herself and Chano Dominguez, each tune is a moment at a window in her home where it was recorded; sometimes looking out; sometimes looking in.
Volume #2 “Agua” is an all improvised work. Like water, Albero adapts herself to the territory, flows from shore to shore, from the mountain springs to the rushing rivers, stays in the still iced waters and travels to the warm Caribbean, it sometimes sounds like the hidden rainforest waterfall, other times like the water drops falling from the ceiling of a cave.. As Bruce Lee said, “Be water, my friend”. On three tracks, the unique and generous musicality of Hans Teuber creates a complete new soundscape to explore.
Volume #3 “Music is Love” aims to be an act of gratitude. Gratitude towards music and all that it brings to Marina’s life. Friends, connections, learning, challenges, healing, emotions, feelings, thrives, family… LOVE. On this record, Albero plays originals and jazz standards with her Seattle band and her kids who are also musicians. Backing her up, the band is a gathering of incredibly talented artists: Jeff Johnson, Hans Teuber, Jeff Busch and D’Vonne Lewis honor with their presence a playful space for music.
Hans Teuber: Saxophones(s), flute(s), clarinet(s)
Jeff Johnson: Bass
D’Vonne Lewis: Drums
Jeff Busch: Percussion
Special Guests: Serena Albero on vocals and Marcel Dominguez on sax
A master of the piano, psalterium (a mediterranean Hammered Dulcimer), vibraphone and composition, Marina Albero is a working musician based in Seattle, leading the Marina Albero Project.
Born and raised in Barcelona, Marina Albero started playing music on stages as a child with her family while they toured all around the world playing traditional music and creating new shows. In her early years she studied in Barcelona’s Conservatory (El Bruc) and later in La Havana (ISA), where she finished her classical piano degree with the great professor and pianist Mrs. Teresa Junco.
She has played and recorded with several well known musicians and bands including L’Arpeggiata, Chano Dominguez, Pepe Habichuela, La Folata, Mariona Sagarra, Barbarito Torres, Llibert Fortuny, Glen Velez, Lori Cotler, Carlos Saura and Ars Longa.
As a hammered dulcimer player she created a language using flamenco rhythms, improvisation and modal music connecting the instrument from their origins in Persia to the nowadays sounds and textures. She has been at the NAMM show representing Dusty Strings, teaching several workshops and performing with this instrument at unusual stages such as Seattle’s Earshot Jazz Festival or Benaroya Hall among others.
Since September 2014, she enjoys living in Seattle with her musical kids and has added to the local music scene and been well received by her fellow musicians as well as the listeners and the media.
Since then, she has been teaching at Cornish a College of the arts, she is piano chair at Teatro Zinzanni and has been invited to present her music at the Ballard Jazz Festival, Earshot Jazz Festival and KNKX programs “live studio sessions” and “Jazz Northwest” produced by Jim Wilke. The Marina Albero Project features some of the finest musicians like Hans Teuber, Evan Flory-Barnes, D’Vonne Lewis, Jeff Busch, Jeff Johnson, Ben Thomas, Chuck Deardorf and Jose Martinez. She is the 20108 recipient of the Golden Ear award Emerging Artist of the year as well as the 2019 awardee of two Golden Ear for Best instrumentalist and Best record of the Northwest.