Edition #44 – Roxana Amed answers 7 questions

by | Mar 2, 2023

1. Why are you a musician?

Music speaks for me.

But you don’t choose your nature, you either have the talent to be a musician or not, you can only choose to do something good with that. In any case, music shows a different world to me, and I like to live there.

2. Who are your musical inspirations?

Mostly jazz instrumentalists. Kenny Wheeler, Wayne Shorter. They showed me the language or the tradition. Terence Blanchard and his versatility. Esperanza Spalding, as a composer and instrumentalist and vocalist.

3. What is your practice routine?

I practice while I teach. I study while I drive, and when I’m lucky to have some time for myself, then I dedicate to learn music, or to write some ideas.

4. Why did you make this album?

By: Roxana Amed

My last album “Unánime”(2022) reflects the voices of different Latin American and Spanish musicians. offering a contrast to the standard sound that Latin jazz has, mostly connected to Caribbean styles or rhythms. Our poetry, our sounds are varied and different.

5. What were the biggest obstacles in making this album?

I wanted to have many guests and time was an obstacle. I produced this album in two months, and it had to be released close to the previous one to continue the conversation about “Latin” jazz. I had amazing musicians as guests, but it was challenging time-wise.

6. Who is featured on this album?

The ensemble: Roxana Amed vocals, lyrics and production; Martin Bejerano, piano and composition, Edward Pérez, acoustic bass and composition; Ludwig Afonso, drums; Ramses Araya, percussion; Mark Small, saxes and clarinets.

The guests: Chucho Valdés, and his trio: Dafnis Prieto and Armando Gola, Niño Josele, Julio Reyes Copello; Linda Briceño, Tony Succar, Pedro Aznar, Chico Pinheiro.

7. Where may we find you online?