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Rebeca Vallejo


Madrid born vocalist and composer Rebeca Vallejo is a versatile and innovative performer. Known for combining her ancestral Flamenco roots and her deep love and understanding of Brazilian music, with the language of jazz, Rebeca Vallejo deftly weaves all these elements into a sound that is truly unique. Azúcar Canela reaches beyond what is purely “entertaining” in order to create a unifying journey where three musical cultures, three countries (Spain, Brazil, U.S.), and three different types of “blues” converge. Through her magnetic and commanding stage presence Rebeca Vallejo develops an interestingly raw multi-cultural “concept trio” of piano, drums/percussion, and voice. Accompanied by George Dulin (Kenny Werner, Chris Potter, John Scofield) at the piano, and David Silliman (Cassandra Wilson, Edmar Castañeda, Al DiMeola) playing drums/ percussion, this trio delivers a powerful and poignant live performance experience. Among Rebeca Vallejo’s musical accomplishments are numerous performances in renowned events (Jazz Aspen Gala accompanied by Chucho Valdes’s band, Havana, Cuba), festivals (Gentse Feesten, Gent, Belgium), and venues such as the Modern Art Museum in Salvador, Brazil, The Kennedy Center (Washington), Carnegie Hall (with the New York Youth Orchestra), and the United States Capitol (accompanying Gospel Grammy Award winners Yolanda Adams and Dorinda Clark at the "Unveiling of Sojourner Truth's bust”). Equal parts nomad and musician, Rebeca Vallejo’s life has led her across several continents and infused her music with an awareness and understanding of a multitude of cultures. Born into a family of singers in Madrid, Spain, Rebeca was immediately immersed in the rich musical language of Flamenco, learning at the feet of her grandfather, himself a Flamenco singer. Beginning her public performances at the age of four, the musical journey that started in an urban neighborhood of Madrid eventually took Ms. Vallejo to Great Britain, where she developed a deep passion for Jazz. Arriving in New York in 2000, Ms. Vallejo began collaborating and performing with the most sought after musicians of the Latin-Jazz scene. Through this exposure, she uncovered the emotional beauty and rhythmic complexity of Brazilian music. It was there that she discovered the third corner of a musical triangle that, together with jazz and Flamenco, would shape her musical foundation. In addition to being an acclaimed performer, Rebeca Vallejo is the creator and bandleader of the musical projects EuroLatinJazz and EuroLatinFunk, an accomplished composer/jazz arranger (among her composition projects are 300 children songs written for the national franchise “The Language Workshop”), and for two years she was the main vocalist of the Flamenco Dance Company Día Flamenco. Since 2012 Rebeca Vallejo has been an active performing member of the Brooklyn Conservatory Chorale. In 2009 Rebeca Vallejo was granted a scholarship to the prestigious Flamenco institution Cristina Heeren in Seville, Spain, where she focused on the study of Flamenco repertoire and Flamenco singing techniques. During 2012 Rebeca Vallejo served as the director of SMINYC, a collective of musicians from Spain residing in New York, sponsored by the Spanish Cultural institution Centro Español. The mission statement of SMINYC was to support and promote musicians from Spain in New York by producing monthly events where projects of all musical genres are showcased. Through the success of the events organized by SMINYC, Rebeca Vallejo nurtured a lasting relationship with the Spanish Embassy in Washington and Spanish Consulate in New York (sponsors of her US CD Release Tour) as well as with the world-wide prestigious cultural institution of Instituto Cervantes. Rebeca is currently promoting and touring her third studio album entitled Azúcar Canela. The album is being brought to life under the direction of Grammy Award winning producer John Seymour (Santana, U2, Dave Matthews Band). Azucar Canela reaches beyond what’s purely “entertaining” creating a unifying journey where three musical cultures, three countries (Spain, Brazil, US), and three different types of blues converge.

Watch Past Performances

Video 10/13/2013: Rebeca Vallejo

This singer blends ancestral flamenco roots with Brazilian music and jazz. Presented in cooperation with the Embassy of Spain.

Rebeca Vallejo