Anna Maria Jopek / Gonzalo Rubalcaba
After her recent musical journeys deep into Japanese ‘Haiku’ and Lusitanian ‘Sobremesa’ sounds, this time around Anna Maria Jopek sings her Polish songs with the Cubans.
AMJ sings with one of the greatest improvisational pianist of our time, Gonzalo Rubalcaba and his jazz trio. Among hundreds of old tangos and boleros both musicians chose the songs that were most inspiring such as ‘Rebeca’ and ‘Your Lips Lie.’ Those pieces are a bridge between the past century and the present vocal music. They also merge various cultures: Polish, Cuban, Jewish, Argentinian and American.
“When I work with artists who come from musical backgrounds different from mine, I’m always delighted by their diversity. Everything they bring to the project enriches me spiritually. I’m amazed at the immense beauty and truth found at the crossroads of cultures and human sensibility. Music is the language of unity. Working on those old tangos was pure magic. Rarely can you come across material of such charm, intense melancholy, mystery and eroticism. Recording with Gonzalo was sheer mysticism. The presence of ‘being’ in every note teaches you to be carefully attentive and humble.” – AMJ