Liona Hotta

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  • WOMEX 2017
  • WOMEX 2016

Liona Hotta Lead singer Liona & Serena Strings
SEFARAD

Singer, author and composer, a voice development teacher. She grew up with the music Brazilian immigrants brought with them from their homeland. Her music is also highly influenced by Mediterranean rhythms, Arab nomads and the Jewish folklore originated in the East-Europe countries. The mixture of cultures and languages has been the main feature in her artistic career, drifting to an interesting musical cocktail in which her voice stands out clearly over all the elements which form her way of understanding and making music.
Some multicultural projects can be found in Liona's discographic work. “The Leon Project” has to be remarked, with Paco and Jesús León from Málaga. It isa global music project edited by Sugo Music in E.E.U.U. -three albums “Málaga My Love” (2009) “Canvas Of Miracles” (2010) and “Temple Of Love” (2012). In this project Liona took part as main singer and coauthor. In her last work with “The Leon Project” she recorded and published songs in “Café del Mar” and “Café del Sol” (2014) albums.
In 2012 she presented her own album “El Bayit” with Óscar Bergillos Sánchez and David León in "Revellín Theater" in Ceuta and later in the “Festival de Música Sefardí” in the Royal Botanic Gardens in Córdoba (2013). That was her first album as a leader and is a mixture of musics, rhythms and styles like Gnawa, Flamenco, Jazz, Folk, north African tendencies and even Hip Hop.
2013 - 2015 she was immersed in a strings project with Óscar Bergillos Sánchez, Pilar López Hurtado and Juan Díaz Porras (playing guitar, violin and cello respectively). It is a delicate mixture of world music with songs from numerous origins,like Sefardí, Hebrew, Swahili, Arab, Portuguese and Spanish delicately interpreted. Their Album "Liona & Serena Strings - Chimes" came out at 2015, with which she performed mostly in theaters around south Spain, (Alicante, Valencia, Cadiz, Malaga).
Her recent project is an album and concert called "Sefarad", containing Sephardic music interpretations and Original composing of Piyutim (hebrew philosophical and spiritual texts).

Liona Hotta


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