For the first time in her life, and after considering the idea about five years ago, the writer, composer, music producer, fashionista, fashion designer and singer, Karen Souza, will visit Colombia with her music. It will be on May 21 when Argentina will present itself to this public at the Royal Center in the capital. In an interview with Infobae Colombia, the artist, recognized for being one of the most important female voices in Jazz and Bossa Nova today, highlighted how exciting her arrival in this country seemed to her and spoke of the importance of keeping a classic genre that has given so much to new genres.
“I’m super happy. Years ago I wanted to go to Colombia but for different reasons it did not happen. You saw that they are things of ‘timing’, they are things that happen when they have to happen. From Colombia they have been questioning me why I haven’t been, for a long time. The thing is that it’s difficult, when you’re an independent artist, to have an agenda of what to do. That is the risk of being an independent artist, everything is free, own production. There are times when the public does not understand much about these considerations, they are very used to the ‘mainstream’. But hey, here we are. I am happy and anxious for this to happen. Colombia is a giant country in terms of music, there is a lot on offer. In the last decade it has become a very competitive country in music, ”he began by saying in the talk he had with this media outlet.
Karen has a long history. She has worked hand in hand with important personalities in the industry such as Joel Mcneely, a songwriter for film and television who, in fact, has a prestigious Emmy award to her name. Souza framed her talent in collaborations with music producers such as Pachá Ibiza, FTV (FashionTV), Paris Dernier, Hotel Costes and Privé. Likewise, she participated in the creation of the first album of the “Jazz and 80s” saga made by her Music Brokers label. Her voice is part of compilations such as “Jazz and 70s”, “Jazz and 80s” (Part II and III) and “Jazz and 90s”.
Jazz is a musical genre that has been the basis of great pieces in history, however, it is not the most popular of the moment. Its audience is small, as well as the number of artists of this type of music. Beyond the exceptional cases, such as that of Michael Bublé, Karen recalls, it is a musical style with lower numbers of followers compared to those with other types of rhythms such as reggaeton or pop. This, however, does not worry her, because she considers that, with the days, the panorama is expanding.
“There is a niche, a small audience, but one that is growing, for what the genre is. Ours is not a complex orthodox Jazz, they are songs within reach, pleasant to listen to, so that makes people approach us, even if it is as an introduction to jazz. It has happened to me that people tell me that they entered that world because of us, so we are a kind of link for the public that is curious to know what jazz is. I like to be a link”, he highlighted.
And this work does not stop there, since it has been part of the resignification of songs that, played from jazz, have been known by more people. One of the examples is ‘Creep’, a Radiohead song to which she dedicated a cover. “There are older people who had never listened to Radiohead, that’s illogical, isn’t it?” She commented with a laugh. “That feeling is good too because the song is valued again, and it becomes listenable to other people. That speaks of good songs, a song that can be covered, it works”. she said she.
There are five records to his name, ‘Essentials’ (2011); ‘Hotel Souza’ (2012); ‘Essentials II’ (2014); ‘Velvet Vault’ (2018); and his most recent, ‘Language of Love (2020). She will be in Colombia accompanied by Juan Camilo Anzola, on the Drums; Carlos Rengifo, on the Double Bass; Holman Álvarez, on the Piano and Wiliam Pérez, on the Guitars.
He’s an old soul, she says. She is not very excited by today’s music, and it is very difficult for her to think of a song that will generate remembrance through future years, just as the music considered classical in history has done. Sure, she may enjoy today’s music, but her liking for them is short-lived.
“I was always old, I have the feeling that I don’t belong much to this era. I listen to music from the sixties, the twenties, even. I think I’m not much of this era. But there is something, which is a factual fact, and that is that the music of before was richer. Removing all kinds of prejudices and opinions, the music was richer in terms of rhythm, melody. It is not a question of melancholy, there really was more wealth before than now. In today’s music, so much dynamism doesn’t happen. They are different times, the same, they are different times, and music and art are a reflection of society. The music of today gives me a summer love, that they last a summer, a song I may like, but it lasts me as long as a summer love lasts, it does not last me as long as The Beatles lasts, ”he commented.
Karen resists. She keeps making songs with melody and harmony. She tries to make memorable songs. She does her songs the way they used to be, she says. There is an audience that still eagerly awaits those sounds, which generates excitement in Karen. “That exists, and that’s why she comes back. It’s cute. I’m a vending machine for melodies. It’s the first thing that comes to my mind. It is a magical thing to write songs, it is what I like the most about the musical process, ”she revealed.
Labels don’t sound very good to him. Being the ‘lady of jazz’, as she has been called before, fills her with pride, but it is not her main objective. “It is a matter of algorithm than anything else. I like all genres, I can listen to everything from classical music to cumbia. I don’t put labels on myself, in fact I make more music. I started with electronics and now I’m getting into rap, kind of old fashion. I like to explore all possible paths of music. The labels are to describe, but I am very broad in every way. I do not use labels with myself or with others. The world will be a better place when we de-label ourselves completely. When we are just people,” she concluded.
Karen Souza’s concert will take place, as previously mentioned, at the Royal Center in Bogotá, on May 21. Tickets are available through www.pintiket.com or by the Call Center: 7470611. The accommodation is defined by boxes and there will be a limited space. The boxes can be purchased in groups or individually.
Gold Box First Floor Individual $450,000
Silver Box First Floor Individual $360,000
Bronze Box First Floor Individual $220,000
Oro Stage Second Floor Individual $170,000
Plata Stage Second Floor Single $90,000
All prices include taxes and service charges.
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