May 5, 2014
BMI Features Latin Women Artists in Special Mother’s Day Celebtation at Rockwood Music Hall
BMI Presents at Rockwood Music Hall offers unforgettable showcase on May 14
WHO: Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®), a global leader in music rights management, and BMI Latin singer-songwriters:
• Liz Menezes
• Laura Kalop
• Cristina Morrison
WHAT: A special showcase featuring Latin-infused sounds from an all female lineup of not-to-be-missed BMI singer-songwriters in honor of Mother’s Day.
Rockwood Music Hall (Stage 2)
196 Allen Street
New York, NY 10002
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Press check-in: 5:30 p.m.
Doors open at 8:45 p.m.
Performances slated for 9:00 p.m.
WHY: BMI Presents at Rockwood Music Hall offers burgeoning performers an opportunity to showcase their talents, underscoring BMI’s commitment to support and nurture its songwriters. As an initial point of contact for developing artists, BMI serves as a fundamental bridge, connecting promising talent with industry decision-makers, as well as invaluable opportunities, including performance slots on stages at SXSW, the Austin City Limits Music Festival, Lollapalooza and more.
ABOUT THE PERFORMERS:
Liz Menezes began her musical career at age 10, playing classical piano and singing in her church choir. She began writing poetry, then melodies, and eventually songs, becoming motivated to pursue a career in music and start auditioning. As a result, Liz worked as both a singer and backup vocalist for different artists. Heavily influenced by the Brazilian culture, she recorded American standards in Bossa Nova during a two-year stay in Rio de Janeiro, working with the record label Albatroz Music as an independent artist. Featured artists on these musical projects, which were released in Europe and Japan, are Bossa Nova great Roberto Menescal and partner of Albatroz Music, Raymundo Bittencourt.
Laura Kalop is a Colombian artist, singer and songwriter, whose passion for gospel, R&B, soul and pop, together with years of training, musical ability, and strong Latin music influences, have greatly contributed to her projects. Laura has been featured in two of the most important festivals in Colombia, “Festival Mono Núñez” and “Colombian Andean Songwriters Festival,” as well as having had the opportunity to perform on other diverse and important musical stages in Colombia such as the Luis Angel Arango Concert Hall, and most recently at the Ernesto Díaz Almécida auditorium, with the Juvenile Symphonic Colombian Orchestra. She’s currently doing a Vocal Performance master’s degree at New York University.
Cristina Morrison, or the Baroness as many call her, is an American-Ecuadorian singer/songwriter/actor/producer whose talent is expressed by bringing together her Latin heritage and love for jazz. In her debut album, I Love, she merges different genres which navigate across bossa nova, funk, samba, Latin ballads, and straight-ahead. Cristina’s “Stand Still” track was released as a remix in January 2013 in the Vintage Cafe Lounge & Jazz Blend-Vol 3 disc, which was selected to be distributed as a gift for all attendees at the Young Members Gala dinner at Jazz at Lincoln Center in 2012. Cristina is currently working on her second album, Princesa Baronesa. This time joining her is producer/composer/pianist, Misha Piatigorsky. As an actor, Christina’s latest film Feriado (Holiday) premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival on February 9, 2014. Cristina currently lives in New York City after stints in Quito, Los Angeles, Rome, Miami & the Galapagos Islands where she’s committed a percentage of her record sales to support “Arteducarte,” an educational program through the arts in Isabela Island’s public schools.
Cecilia Villar Eljuri:
Cecilia Villar Eljuri is a gifted guitarist, composer, singer and multi-instrumentalist. The daughter of Paco Villar, the revered Ecuadorian pioneer of radio, television and theatre, and Olga Eljuri, a renowned composer in Ecuador, Cecilia was performing professionally at an early age, and at 17 with The Trouble Dolls she filled historic New York rock clubs like CBGB’s and The Bitter End. She was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, raised in New York City and seeks to inspire others by sharing her life experiences through her performances. Fuerte, her sophomore solo album, was co-produced by multiple GRAMMY winner Gustavo Borner with Cecilia Villar Eljuri and released by Manovill Records in the U.S. and Discos Intolerancia in Mexico. Audiences, critics and radio DJs are all in agreement that Fuerte is a powerful album. Her music is a mirror on this generation’s global fusion, which reflects her Spanish and Lebanese heritage, the rhythms of her homeland, Ecuador, and the punk and rock & roll from her youth in New York City. Jimi Hendrix, Bonnie Raitt, Bob Marley and Carlos Santana are her role models.
Leah Lupo, BMI