JAZZ ON THE LAKE | NIGHT CRUISE

Now Underway:

(month long jazz programming from Dallas' top jazz presenters. Don't miss a single downbeat!. Click the banner for more info)

972-885-8717

FOR MORE INFORMATION
NOW BOOKING SPRING/SUMMER PERFORMANCES! CALL 972-885-8717

Carmen Souza
  • Female
Share on Facebook
Share
  • Blog Posts
  • Events
  • Groups
  • Photos (14)
  • Photo Albums
  • Videos

Carmen Souza's Friends

  • CGMUSIQ
  • Ernest Olivarez
  • Debra Kennard
  • Djeli Moussa Diawara
  • Anna Thomas
  • Melani L. Skybell
  • Uptown Jazz Dallas IJF
  • Jazz Up | DFW

Gifts Received

Gift

Carmen Souza has not received any gifts yet

Give a Gift

 

Carmen Souza's Page

Profile Information

About Me:
Musician/Composer from Cape Verde living in London
Carmen Souza was born in Lisbon (81) within a Christian family of Cape Verdeans. She grew up in a mixed language environment of Creole, the Cape Verde dialect her parents spoke at home, and Portuguese, always surrounded by the Cape Verdean way of life.

In her teens she sang professionally in a Lusophone Gospel Choir. Being a strongly spiritual person, Carmen always saw music as her mission and felt privileged to have the opportunity to express herself through it, working hard every day to deserve that opportunity. Musicians like Luis Morais, Theo Pas'cal, Ella Fitzgerald, Joe Zawinul, Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarret, Diana Krall, etc, are definitely those that truly inspire her evolution and search for a unique personal style.

Theo Pas'cal, her producer and mentor and one of the best bass players in Portugal, discovered her talent and introduced Carmen to Jazz, Fusion and other contemporary sounds that markedly influenced her musical development.

In 2003, Carmen began working with Theo on the compositions that would be included on her début album Ess ê nha Cabo Verde. Carmen wanted to create a new sound, in her ancestor’s dialect Creole, that would mix traditional African and Cape Verde rhythms like Batuke, Morna, Cola djon, and others, with her jazz contemporary influences, in a totally intimate and acoustic vibe, different from the traditional festive environment of Cape Verdean sounds.

Ess ê nha Cabo Verde, was released two years later in 2005 to critical acclaim and led to her international breakthrough performance at the WOMAD at Reading Festival of the same year.

In “Verdade” her second album, which She co-produces and features on Wurlitzer and guitar, released in 2008, Carmen Souza signs an exciting and melodically vibrant repertoire in Creole that once again received amazing reviews from the International Press worldwide.

Since then Carmen has wowed the crowds on larger stages leaving a trace of deadly captivating performances with her unmistakably female, but dark, deep and earthy voice.

After 2 critically acclaimed albums, Carmen Souza returns in 2010 with the impressive "Protegid" (Protected) that blends perfectly with elegance and sophistication the African and Cape Verdean traditional rhythms with Contemporary Jazz and Afro-Latin. This groundbreaking album presents a highly innovative sound & a continuation of the work already initiated in the two previous albums: pushing the limits of what constitutes the Cape Verdean music, World Music and Jazz.

This new set of songs showcases Carmen Souza's excellent ability for melodies and lyrics while exploring her mesmerizing colourful, versatile and expressive voice. “Expressive, able to tell these wonderful texts without losing a single syllable and giving them an impressive intensity. The timbre records show domination and sensitivity that goes through states of mind difficult to translate musically.” Say Portuguese Ethnomusicologist Domingos Morais.

“Carmen Souza sings in her native creole dialect with an intimacy, sensuality, and vivacity, characterised by a tremendous lightness of touch. Her music has a deceptive simplicity, a rare clarity, derived from a unique mix of influences from her Cape Verdean background to jazz and modern soul creating this beautifully vibrant, largely acoustic, accessible hybrid. World soul music for the 21st century.”— David Sylvian, UK singer-songwriter

http://www.carmensouza.com
http://www.myspace.com/carmensouza
http://www.youtube.com/carmensouzavideos
http://www.sonicbids.com/carmensouza
http://www.twitter.com/carmensouza
Location
London-Uk
Website
http://www.carmensouza.com
What aspect of the festival are you interested in: Music, Food or the Arts?
Music
How did you find out about Uptown Jazz Dallas IJF?
Youtube

Carmen Souza's Photos

  • Add Photos
  • View All

Carmen Souza's Videos

  • Add Videos
  • View All

Comment Wall (2 comments)

You need to be a member of Uptown Jazz Dallas Organization to add comments!

Join Uptown Jazz Dallas Organization

At 11:26pm on May 20, 2012, Uptown Jazz Dallas IJF said…

Happy birthday, Carmen!

Keith

At 8:26am on May 20, 2011, Uptown Jazz Dallas IJF said…
Happy birthday, Carmen!
 
 
 

Members

#ThisIsDallasJazz


Now available for purchase/download:

Featured Foodie Feed: CraveDFW

First Look: Mille Lire

by Alex Gonzalez Mille Lire is a new upscale Italian restaurant located in The Centrum at Oak Lawn. It was opened in December of last year by Naples-born Giuliano Matarese. Mille Lire offers its guests a menu of authentic Italian … Continue reading

Get Your Southern Fixe in Fort Worth

by Trey Moran Chef James Robert and Co-Owner Keith House have brought their popular Austin based Fixe Southern House to The Shops at Clearfork in Fort Worth.  Chef Robert has taken on the task of reimagining southern favorites and staples. … Continue reading

First Look: The Biscuit Bar

by Alex Gonzalez The Biscuit Bar celebrated its grand opening in Frisco yesterday. It is the newest restaurant to join The Boardwalk in Granite Park. Before entering The Biscuit Bar, customers can see an arrangement of silver, black and yellow … Continue reading

Dallas Brew Bus Celebrates Fifth Anniversary

by Steven Doyle A business that seems to have more fun than should legally be allowed, The Dallas Brew Bus has now enjoyed five years of continuous tours around local breweries, safely introducing thousands of hoppy customers to the burgeoning … Continue reading

Relleno Night at Mia’s

by Steven Doyle Dallas has this rich Tex Mex history with various threads of families woven throughout a whole  host of restaurants, some dating back over 100 years. The Rodriguez family is certainly one of the most successful and include … Continue reading

Communicating Jazz:

Videos

  • Add Videos
  • View All

© 2018   Created by Uptown Jazz Dallas IJF.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service