Silvia Pérez Cruz
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Sílvia Pérez Cruz (Palafrugell, Spain, 1983) has had music in her blood from a very early age.
Her mother (Glòria) and father (Càstor) were both composers and performers of traditional Catalan folk songs and Habaneras. She grew up in a family who both talk and sing to each other to communicate. Her inspiration comes from a wide range of styles: the before mentioned Habaneras, fado, jazz, traditional singer-songwriters, Brazilian and even classical music sounds capture you when you listen to Sílvia singing.
Silvia has been part of many projects through her already many years as a professional: the Mediterranean inspired all-girl band Las Migas; a jazz project paying homage to Bill Evans; a duo album with the hang player Ravid Goldschmit under the name of Llama and a quartet with the Spanish double bass legend Javier Colina, where they paid tribute to the Cuban filin and Marta Valdés under the name of En la imaginación.
2012 and 2013 were two years of a turning point in Sílvia’s career. She wrote the music and lyrics for her first album as a lead/solo singer-songwriter 11 de Novembre (Gold album in Spain). She also co-produced this title together with Raül Fernandez Miró. It was her first release through a major label (Universal Music, 2012) and it achieved strong sales and great acclaim from critics and public alike in Spain, France and Portugal. In 2013 she was also awarded with the Goya (Spanish equivalent to the OSCAR in Hollywod) to the best original song for No te puedo encontrar, included as a main theme in the multi-awarded film Blancanieves (Pablo Berger, 2012).
In 2014 Pérez Cruz released her second album, GRANADA (Gold album in Spain, Universal Music) this time as a duo with Raül Fernadez Miró on guitars and herself on vocals. The winner co-production partnership has worked its magic again. The wonderful repertoire is made up of covers of a wide variety of styles and arrangements: from Edith Piaf's, classy and timeless "Hymne a l’amour" to the psychedelic world of Os Novos Baianos, from the classic lieds of Robert Schumman to the earthy flamenco of Enrique Morente, from the jazz standards of Hoagy Carmichael to the traditional Catalan songs of Lluís Llach, Maria del Mar Bonet and Albert Pla passing through the modern approach to a Fito Paez’s tango and the deep writing of the Chilean composer Violeta Parra, not forgetting one of the highlights of the album, the rendition to Leonard Cohen and Federico García Lorca on the duo’s personal approach to “Take This Waltz”. granada has been called a contemporary classic by audience and critics alike, and their live performances get the most warm and enthusiastic response from audiences around the world.
Sílvia´s recent engagements include a performance in front of 15,000 people at the Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona,,Sadler Wells Lilian Baylis in London, Joe’s Pub in New York and Alhambra Theatre in Paris.
Current highlights include Le Theatre des Abesses in Paris and the London Jazz Festival in November 2014, the Globe Theatre's Sam Wanamaker Playho in March 2015 and a return to the US in 2015 with performances at Le Poisson Rouge and Washington's Kennedy Performing Arts Center.