Caarolina Brandes, Fusion Artist, Vocalist, Actress, Dancer, Pianist

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CAROLINA BRANDES WAS BORN IN FRANKFURT/ GERMANY, THE DAUGHTER OF A GERMAN MOTHER – A FILMMAKER AND ITALIAN FATHER – AN ARCHITECT.

SHE GREW UP AND GRAVITATED TO THE ARTISTIC, INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENT OF ROME, BERLIN, NYC AND BOSTON , WHERE SHE GRADUATED FROM THE BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC IN PERFORMANCE AND JAZZ COMPOSITION.

 

WHILE LIVING IN BOSTON AND LATER, WHILE LIVING IN NYC CAROLINA SOON ESTABLISHED HERSELF AS A HIGHLY RESPECTED MUSICAL LEADER WITH HER FIRST BAND “ RED IN BLACK.” MS. BRANDES PERFORMED WITH SUCH ILLUSTRIOUS MUSICIANS AS KURT ROSENWINKEL, SCOTT KINSEY, YORAI ORON, DAN RIESER, JIM BLACK, MATTHEW GARRISON, BRUCE ARKIN AND LATER MARKO DJORDJEVIC, PETER ADAMS, KEVIN BRUCE HARRIS, MARVIN SEWELL AND MANY MORE.

SHE HAS BEEN HEARD IN MAJOR JAZZ CLUBS IN BOSTON AS WELL AS IN NYC, INCLUDING A STEADY GIG AT THE ZINC BAR.  CAROLINA ESTABLISHED HERSELF AS THEIR LEADING AND FIRST ARTIST EVER.

 

IN ITALY, MS. BRANDES FORMED A NEW QUINTET, WHICH INCLUDED  RENOWNED MUSICIANS JAVIER GIROTTO, ALEX GWIS, MARCO SINISCALCO AND THE OUTSTANDING GRAMMY WINNER DRUMMER HORACIO “EL NEGRO” HERNANDEZ. PLAYING EXTENSIVELY, SHE DEVELOPED THE UNIQUE PRACTICE OF PERFORMING WITH PAINTED FACES.

 

THIS IDEE LED TO HER ONGOING  ORIGINAL CONCEPT  “ O.M.P” ( ORIGINAL MUSIC PAINT), A PROJECT WHICH EXPANDED THE BAND TO A 10-PIECE ENSEMBLE, PERFORMING WITH DAVIDE PETTIROSSI.  MR. PETTIROSSI BECAME THE PRODUCER OF THE 3 CD’S.  THE ARTISTS ON THE CD’S ARE: PETER DE GIROLAMO, PIERPAOLO RANIERI, ALDO BASSI, GIANCARLO CIMINELLI, MARCELLO ALLULLI, GIANNI SAVELLI, ROBERTO SCHIANO, ENZO DE ROSA, DÉSIRÉE PETROCCHI, CRISTIANA POLEGRI, SIMONA RIZZI.

 

EXTENSIVE TOURING, AS WELL AS THE FIRST CD “O.M.P.” THE ENSEMBLE GAINED INTERNATIONAL RENOWN.

 

THE FIRST ALBUM WAS FOLLOWED BY A DOUBLE CD:  “FLOWERS OF THE DEEPER SOIL” FEATURING SPECIAL GUESTS ROBIN EUBANKS AND THE NEW GUITAR SENSATION  AND OLD TIME FRIEND KURT ROSENWINKEL.

ON OCTOBER 5, 2014 THE VIDEO “SILENCE SCORE” WAS RELEASED!

 

VOCALIST, ACTRESS, DANCER, PIANIST, AUTHOR OF BOTH THE LYRICS, MUSIC AS WELL AS TAKING CARE OF THE PRODUCTION, CAROLINA HAS BEEN DEFINED A “ MUSICAL ARCHITECT.”

HER VOICE IS SOULFUL, WARM AND SINOUS BUT, AT THE SAME TIME, DRAMATIC AND IRONICALLY IRREVERENT.

 

  1. BRANDES’ MUSIC IS SO UNIQUE THAT IT HAS DEFIED CLASSIFICATION. IT HAS BEEN LABELED CROSSOVER, CONTEMPORARY, ELECTRIC JAZZ, AVANTGARDE FUNK WITH CAPTIVATING GROOVES AND INTRIGUING MELODIES ENHANCED BY CAROLINA’S CHARISMA AND PERSONALITY.

 

IT IS “FUSION” IN THE MOST AUTHENTIC AND RADICAL SENSE OF THE TERM, NAMELY AS AN ARTISTIC SHYNTHESIS OF A POLYGLOT.

CREATIVITY THAT INCORPORATES NATURALLY THE CONCEPT OF CONTAMINATION, BLENDING A VARIETY OF STYLES RANGING FROM JAZZ TO FUNK, GOSPEL TO FLAMENCO, RAP TO SCAT, INSTRUMENTAL TO SONGWRITING.

 

THE CULTURAL AND MUSICAL COSMOPOLITISM IS ALSO EVIDENT IN THE LYRICS:

LINGUISTIC COLLAGES IN ENGLISH, GERMAN, ITALIAN, FRENCH AND SPANISH, GIFTED WITH PASSIONAL STRENGHT OF COMMITMENT.

 

FINALLY, REUTILIZING PAST EXCURSIONS IN THE REALM OF THEATER AND DANCE, CAROLINA SURPASSES THE TRADITIONAL CONCERT FORMAT TO EMBRACE THE ONE OF A SHOW THAT DELIVERS WORDS AND MUSIC IN A COLORED AND PLAYFUL FASHION.

 

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