Daymé Arocena

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PDX Jazz and Portland Jazz Festival says
Dayme Arocena - Direct from Cuba - Yoruban Singing Sensation

At just 23 years old, Daymé Arocena is a skillful, charismatic presence in Cuban music. Her powerful voice and her ability to absorb music of any kind, particularly jazz and Cuban neo-soul, with her devotion for Afro-Cuban culture, made her into one of the most exciting artists of Cuban contemporary scene. Since she was a child she performed in several children’s groups, and in 2010 she became a member of Sumsum Corda, a fusion jazz quintet with which she participated in tours for Norway and Nicaragua. After the experience being a member of Joaquin Betancourt’s big band, she was invited by Canadian saxophonist Jane Bunnett to join to her project Maqueque (with which she continues collaborating today), with which she recorded the album of the same name that won the 2015 Juno Award, in Best Album Jazz category. Her 2015 debut album “Nueva Era” was selected by NPR as one of the best 50 albums of the year, calling Arocena one of the most innovative musicians of the country.She has turned up on many prominent stages like Jazz Na Fabrica Festival, in Brazil; Les Voix Humaines Festival, in Cuba; the Duc des Lombards and Worldwide Festival, in France. St. Pancras Old Church, in London, Peter Barakan Live’s Magic Show, in Japan and Het Depot club, in Belgium.

Jazz in the Garden is presented by Lan Su Chinese Garden & PDX Jazz and PDX Jazz Festival and is sponsored in part by the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, Full Sail Brewing Company,
Classic Pianos, The Society Hotel and KMHD Jazz Radio.

This performance sponsored in part by Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America.
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By: PDX Jazz and Portland Jazz Festival

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