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Yo soy Maria

by Maria Volonte

A path-breaking CD fusing the intense passions of tango with jazz and bossa nova from Argentina's Latin Grammy-nominated vocalist Maria Volonte.
Genre: Latin: Tango
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  Song Share Time Download
1. El Ultimo Cafe
4:36 $0.99
2. Tarde
4:12 $0.99
3. Vuelvo Al Sur
4:22 $0.99
4. Sueno De Juventud
4:43 $0.99
5. Nostalgias
5:52 $0.99
6. Yo Soy Maria
3:31 $0.99
7. Chiquilin De Bachin
3:57 $0.99
8. El Dia Que Me Quieras
2:43 $0.99
9. Ultimos Acordes De La Fiesta
5:47 $0.99
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Maria Volonte is one of the most celebrated singers of tango. On stage, her expressive voice, together with the intensity and sensuality of her performance, creates an artistic experience that has fascinated critics and audiences around the world.

Winner of the Gardel Prize and a Latin Grammy nominee, Maria takes tango to unexpected places, fusing the passionate roots of tango with jazz and bossa nova.

Taylor Johnson, CEO of T.H.E. Audio (who chose Maria as their “World Endorsement Artist”) said, "Maria Volonte has proven herself not only one of the world's foremost interpreters of the tango, but also a jazz vocal stylist who can deliver a depth of performance that can leave the listener speechless while opening new musical horizons."

Whether exploring tango with the eminent jazz pianist Horacio Larumbe, with prestigious Argentine musicians (Javier Malosetti, Walter Ríos, Pascual Mamone, Facundo Bergalli, César Angeleri, Nestor Marconi, Oscar Giunta, Esteban Morgado, Dario Eskenazi, among others) or together with the Tangoloco tango-fusion quintet, Maria opens a fascinating window on her own musical world.

Besides her numerous shows in Argentina, Maria has performed in Europe, across Latin America and in the United States. In Munich, she sang the title role in the opera “Maria of Buenos Aires,” composed by Horacio Ferrer and Astor Piazzolla, under the direction of pianist and composer Gerardo Gandini. In Finland, her performance at the Helsinki Festival in 2005, ended with the audience on its feet, while in California together with pianist Larry Vuckovich, Maria played the famous jazz club Yoshi’s. Back in Buenos Aires, she has opened for Brad Mehldau.

Maria has released five albums. The first, “Tango y Otras Pasiones” (“Tango and Other Passions,” 1996) was chosen by the “La Nación” newspaper as one of the top 100 tango recordings of all time. The second, “Cornisas del Corazón” (“Edges of the Heart,” 1999), was recorded live at the historic Tortoni Café in Buenos Aires. Her third CD, “Fuimos” (“We Were,” 2003), a duo project with the legendary pianist Horacio Larumbe, won María the 2004 Gardel Prize and was nominated for a Latin Grammy. Her fourth CD, “Tangos” (2004), brought together a classic collection of tangos from her repertoire and was nominated for the 2005 Gardel Prize. Her fifth CD, “Yo soy Maria” (2006), explores the fusion of tango with jazz and bossa nova.



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Ed Goodstein

Fantastic Singer/Exploratory Album
Volonté has become one of my favorite recent singers. She comes from the Argentinian tango tradition, & has albums in that traditional vein. However, this album continues the interesting explorations she has made in concert involving some jazz and a certain amount of pop folk (more in instrumentation than singing). She has a very expressive voice that has touches of Piaf, Brazilian bossa trad., a swing element and rich pop mezzo huskiness that can be very sexy as well as pretty. There're traditional tangos from Astor Piazolla here, but also more cabaret/jazz songs too-- most notably perhaps the reflective "El Ultimo Café," the sort of French 'chanson' (somewhat) marvelous "Nostalgias," and some richer near pop on "Chiquilin de Bachin" that recalls Michel Legrand almost. Her voice has wonderful variety moving around & coasting on the various aspects. The last couple are a bit more pop. I don't understand Spanish very much-- but I don't need to. She has one of the most assured, warmest, beautiful voices I've heard recently-- & just enough dissonance and drama to keep things rooted in reality. Also excellent playing from her versatile band who can move from traditional tango sounds to near-Joni Mitchell pop folk. If interested in her more 'tradional' side, I also highly recommend her duo album "Fuimos" w. famous Latin jazz pianist Horacio Larumbe, & "Tangos." Really a fantastic singer IMO.