Anaís Azul
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Anaís Azul

Jamaica Plain, MA | Established. Jan 01, 2018

Jamaica Plain, MA
Established on Jan, 2018
Solo Alternative Indie

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May
30
Anaís Azul @ OBERON - American Repertory Theater

Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

May
11
Anaís Azul @ Somerville Porchfest

Somerville, Massachusetts, United States

Somerville, Massachusetts, United States

Apr
05
Anaís Azul @ Dorchester Art Project

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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"Anaís Azul's work is always stunningly honest and vulnerable and her new EP with Cathartic Conundrum is nothing short of just that." - Nayem Cardenas-Lopez


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
News From Anaís Azul
Friday May 24th
Contact: Anaís Azul Arias-Aragón, (510) 692-1938, anais.azul.a.a@gmail.com


“Healing”- Debut Single from Queer Latinx Singer-Songwriter Anaís Azul
An uplifting song that celebrates the many stages of a unique path to recovery

Still from “Healing” music video directed by Guadalupe Campos to be released July 7th, 2019

[Boston, MA] May 24, 2019 - In observance of Mental Health Awareness month, composer and organizer Anaís Azul announces “Healing”, their debut single as a solo artist. In “Healing”, Azul translates her personal path to recovery into an uplifting song about the necessary contradictions that are part of one's recovery journey.

Engineered and co-produced by Cameron Hawkins, “Healing” speaks to coping mechanisms developed as a queer person of color trying to redefine healthy self-care and self-love practices. Azul intends for “Healing” to uplift the journey of marginalized folks, namely those living at the intersection of oppressed identities, who are struggling to cope with trauma both interpersonal and intergenerational. This song shows a personal story of recovery that Anaís wants to make universal by extending it other people at various stages of their unique healing process. On Friday May 24th 2019, “Healing” will be available on all streaming platforms and downloadable on Bandcamp.

“When writing Healing, in 2016, I was offering myself comfort from bouts of anxiety I encountered when I spent time alone. In hindsight, it had to do with feeling alone in my thoughts regarding how I presented, who I loved, where I’m from and how I never gave myself a chance to think about these things because I had a schedule that did not celebrate time to breathe nor time think about who I am. The day I wrote this song I thought deeply about how lonely self care can be and how sometimes we need to make it collective care. That’s why I always have musical collaborators.”

The release, co-arranged by co-organizers and contributors SureFireCure (violin) and Rafael Natan (oboe), offers many symbolic layers that Azul experienced in their own journey to recover from childhood traumas and struggles with mental health. The violin offers a comforting blanket to the vocals and the inquisitive piano. The oboe offers a connection to levity both in a spiritual sense and as a reminder to play. The rhythm section is the fuel to keep on keeping on in what seems to be an endless journey of growth and healing and learning to coexist with yourself.

Stay tuned for the release of the music video for “Healing” on Sunday, July 7th -- because mental health awareness and healing should not be restricted to any single month of the year.

Artist Bio:
Peruvian first generation immigrant Anaís Azul (she/they) is a Boston and San Francisco (USA) Based singer-songwriter, composer, teaching artist. Formerly of diaspora pop band Cathartic Conundrum, Azul currently tours and performs as a solo artist, with Petting Kazoo, and as an ensemble member of social justice choir Voices21c. Described as “stunningly honest and vulnerable,” her artistry engages with music as a tool for community building, cross-genre collaboration, and collective healing.

Azul writes music that is in conversation with jazz harmony, classical melodies, and Latin American singer-songwriter traditions. Their songs are bilingual (Spanish and English) and about mental health, queerness, facing harsh realities in the world we live in and finding inner peace in spite of chaos.

Classically-trained with an experimental spirit, Azul received their B.M in Music Composition and Theory from Boston University with a concentration in piano. Having composed and arranged for theatre and orchestra, Azul composed the music for the award-winning Displaced: A Response to Qurban produced by the Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Her current projects include serving as lead composer for Dance Theatre Surreality in Lauren Hlubny’s 7 Gorges (New York, NY) and co-organizer of Weird Folk Fest (Boston, MA). Outside of her performance life, Anaís currently serves as Arts|Lab Fellow at Boston Medical Center and as staff music teacher at Whole Tone Music Academy (Somerville, MA).

Anaís Azul can be found online at anaisazul.com and on Instagram @anaisazul. Their past releases with Cathartic Conundrum are available for streaming on all major platforms and for purchase on Bandcamp. - Press Release


Discography

"Healing" To be Released on Friday May 23rd 2019

"Unlearning" April 2019
"Listen" January 2018


Both released under the name "Cathartic Conundrum" on Spotify and all streaming platforms

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Bio

Peruvian first generation immigrant Anaís Azul (she/they) is a singer-songwriter, composer, teaching artist. Formerly of diaspora pop band Cathartic Conundrum, Anaís currently tours and performs as a solo artist and as an ensemble member of social justice choir Voices21c. Her artistry engages with music as a tool for community building, cross-genre collaboration, and collective healing.

Classically-trained with an experimental spirit, Anaís received their B.M in Music Composition and Theory from Boston University with a concentration in piano. Having composed and arranged for theatre and orchestra, Anaís composed the music for the award-winning Displaced: A Response to Qurban produced by the Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Her current projects include serving as lead composer for Dance Theatre Surreality in Lauren Hlubny’s 7 Gorges (New York, NY) and co-organizer of Weird Folk Fest (Boston, MA). Outside of her performance life, Anaís currently serves as Arts|Lab Fellow at Boston Medical Center and as staff music teacher at Whole Tone Music Academy (Somerville, MA).


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