Camila Meza, singer, guitar player, composer and arranger, moved to New York from her hometown of Santiago, Chile in 2009 with a scholarship from the renowned jazz and contemporary music school The New School, and quickly gained recognition for her artistry, both from peers and jazz veterans. An equally gifted vocalist and guitar player, in her own words she feels “deeply connected with both instruments”. “I express myself emotionally both through song lyrics and instrumental melodies, and find both equally fulfilling.” It is indeed very rare to hear a jazz singer play guitar like she does, with deep lyricism and virtuosity. Her vocal talent is equally obvious, natural and soulful.
Rooted in the jazz tradition, deeply influenced by the folk traditions of her home continent and with an ear for contemporary trends, Camila has found a way to express all that she is through her music. Singing in English, Portuguese and her native Spanish, her repertoire includes her own compositions, personal takes on American and Latin American standards, and her own adaptations of her favorite rock and pop tunes. “Jazz has become a universal language. Its freedom, spontaneity, and communicative possibilities attract me the most.“
Camila has collaborated and performed with jazz luminaries and peers such as Aaron Goldberg, Greg Hutchinson, John Ellis, Clarence Penn, Shai Maestro, Sachal Vasandani, Gerald Clayton, Fabian Almazan, Kendrick Scott, Francisco Mela, Paquito D’Rivera among others. Camila has offered concerts around the world such as Saratoga Jazz Festival, Lake George Jazz Festival, Colima Jazz Festival, Festival JAZZUV in Mexico, Bern Jazz Festival in Switzerland and Swidnica Jazz Festival in Poland. In July 2013 was invited by Paquito D’Rivera to be part of Patagonia Jazz Festival in Chile, who says about Camila: “Charm and swing are just two qualities inherent to Camila Meza’s style. I really enjoy playing music with her.” She is a frequent act on the best jazz clubs of New York: Jazz Standard, Village Vanguard, Blue Note, Smalls, and others. Camila has three albums under her own name, the most recent being co-produced by the great jazz pianist Aaron Goldberg. She also forms part of Fabian Almazan Trio + Strings, whose album is soon to be released under Blue Note & Artist Share label.
Jazz has become a universal language. Its freedom, spontaneity, and communicative possibilities attract me the most.
Camila Meza at Blue Note, Oct 11 2013
Pictures of Camila Meza debut at Blue Note New York, with a flawless performance, and very full of emotions, with full power arrangements contrasting with her obvious vocal talent: natural and touching.