Cristina Morrison
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Cristina Morrison

New York City, NY | Established. Jan 01, 2012 | INDIE | AFTRA

New York City, NY | INDIE | AFTRA
Established on Jan, 2012
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"Cristina Morrison- Baronesa"

Part biographical, perhaps even part autobiographical and all adventure, Baronesa by the ineffable chanteuse Cristina Morrison is an amorous masterpiece. Ms. Morrison’s dark and smoky voice is so perfect for this kind of musical setting. Stories of seduction, of mesmerizing beauty and of strange and beautiful musical topographies just seem to fall into place with the utterly irresistible voice that is led by – and sometimes plays off – the tantalizing lines that unfold in the pianism of Misha Piatigorsky. The musicianship of both is characterized by its directness, the sonic purity of its gestures.

Cristina-Morrison-Baronesa-LJNThis Ecuadorian-American mezzo-soprano brings characteristically classy musicianship and intelligence to the task at hand. The voice is, at once sexy and sinewy, a little pushed in the extremes, but all power and glory in the middle register. Simple beauty, concentration and integrity inform these performances, often compelling, especially in the powerfully numb and affecting account of the Baroness Eloise Von Wagner de Bosquet who bewitched Floreana in the Galapagos, to which she retired from Europe in the late 1920s. Cristina Morrison and Misha Piatigorsky are a natural pairing, both offering musical meditations on fantasy and reality.

Heard on disc for the first time, their music is typical of the composers’ most recent work – a distillation and crystallization of a style that has become ever cleaner and extraordinarily refined. Setting the stories in Latin America of the early 20th Century, the music is contemporaneous enough to be quite timeless. It finds a harmonic astringency to balance its yielding, unbending instinct to melody. Chant meets human cries, ecstatic choruses break through scuttling chromatics in a performance whose precision and restraint only heighten its intensity.

Christina Morrison shapes every vocalistic phrase with the greatest care. She paints aurally on a dreamscape in vocal brushes that arc and undulates as if mimicking the waves of the ocean. She is at once enigmatic and accessible and her lyricism is of the highest order reaching its proverbial climax on “Spanish Dreamland Inquisition” and then in a stratospheric second wind, piercing the glacial ceiling of the imaginary sky. Ms. Morrison’s interpretations of the stories are emotionally spacious and full of lovely moments. The upper voices undulate gently with some gracious portamentos, while by contrast, almost shouting the fervent, ecstatic ‘alleluias’ in “Princesa Baronesa”.

This is an exultant recording often reaching its exaggerated elocution when the full ensemble enters. At times like this the full extent of the musical beauty is realized. It is rare indeed to hear a vocal recital so completely embraced by all of the instruments in the ensemble. This is a most sumptuous feeling not only because of the exquisite nature of Cristina Morrison’s voice but also because of the pianism of Misha Piatigorsky and his arrangements, enhancements that go towards making this a truly desirable disc. - Latin Jazz Net

"Cristina Morrison - Baronesa"

CRISTINA MORRISON/Baronesa: Morrison's back story makes her sound like some globe trotting gal in a 50s movie and you wonder how she has the time and energy to do it all. Focusing on this record, she turns Brazilian jazz on it's head with this mostly original set. Calling on her experience as an actress to give the tunes that something else extra and calling on her linguistic versatility to keep things on the move, this might as well be the template for future after hour jazz for millenials. As smoking a set as she is, this is hot stuff on a futuristic tip that can be enjoyed in the hear and now. Check it out. - Midwest Records


I LOVE - 2012



Affectionately known as the Baroness of Jazz, Cristina Morrison’s second album, appropriately called Baronesa, draws upon her life experiences – featuring songs in four different languages (English, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese) with a diverse mix of music styles stemming from jazz –  tango, cha cha, drum & bass, bolero and even spoken word making this record an eclectic cross genre world jazz “tour de force”. The songs blend her skills as an actress and a singer and tell stories about her life, her friends, her emotions and the Galapagos Islands. Cristina is deeply committed to contributing to the environmental and social conscience of Galapagos children. She supports an educational arts program called Arteducarte in all the public schools of Isabela. A portion of the proceeds from her records sales helps sustain the program yearly.

Cristina just got off the set of the recently shot indie film in New York, Translucido (Thin Walls) by Leonard Zelig where she's playing a heartfelt cameo, Luna, opposite actor Roberto Manrique. Two of her tracks have been licensed for the movie. Cristina also joins the ensemble cast of TabulaRaSa Theatre Lab in NYC in their theatre production of “El Invierno de Abril” a steam punk inspired drama/thriller directed by Ramiro Sandoval which talks about human trafficking. She’s taking on the role of Evelyn. Lastly, she’s starting to shoot, “Nobody’s Watching”, an indie film directed by Julia Solomonoff in New York City as well. Cristina’s film FERIADO (Holiday) by Diego Araujo opened at the Berlin Film Festival in 2014 and has toured to more than 50 festivals around the world. She recently was honored to be a speaker at the first TEDx Galapagos, was invited to be part of the JURY at the 16th Havana Film Festival in New York and was a guest on Ismael Cala’s show on CNN en Español. 

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