Irene Aranda

Irene Aranda

BandJazz

Recently I've published my first work as leader "Interfrequency 23 7"; in this record there are only original compositions, wich you could set into "Spanish Contemporary Jazz" .

Biography

Introducing Irene Aranda

Irene Aranda was born in 1980 into a family of musicians; her grandmother was pianist and her grandfather played the oboe, but he spent most of his time composing and conducting a wind band; so she grew up listening to pasodobles and classical music.

Irene’s grandfather tried to teach her to read music from the age of four, but it wasn‟t till she was seven years old that she felt confident to ask him to teach her to play the piano. “Since that day I can‟t remember anything that made me happier than playing the piano. I always tried to copy everything I heard, and one of my first memories is working hard on reproducing Asturias after listening to a record by Alicia de la Rocha “.

After a few years of being taught at home Irene entered the conservatoire. “There I made some of my best friends and I learnt great things from my teachers “. Studying the works of Albéniz, Falla and Granados made her go deeper into Spanish folklore and traditional Flamenco, and she also got to know Bach, Bartók, Skrjabin, Prokofiev, Ravel, Debussy and Stravinsky, from whose works is mainly influenced.

But there was something else on her mind; Irene was fascinated by her father‟s jazz records, “I just wanted to reproduce that sound, and that‟s how I discovered major seventh“. From this moment her life changed radically. Her friends at the conservatoire supported her investigations providing her with jazz scores, and more or less by chance she became part of the Big Band at the conservatoire. “During the four years working with the band I had the opportunity to extend my knowledge of Swing, Latinjazz and Funk ”.

Other musical influences are sources as diverse as Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd, Guns and Roses, Iron Maiden, Nirvana, Mano Negra, Extremoduro, The Beatles, etc.

“I had the good fortune to be advised by great musicians, some of whom I would like to mention here ”: Ernesto Rocío, Antonio Sánchez, Gerardo López, Guillermo González, Fernando Puchol, Pilar Bilbao, Javier Darías, Peter Zack, Eduard Simons, Chano Domínguez, Nikky Illes, Mike Ph. Mosman, Greg Hopkins, Pete Churchill, Francisco Blanco “Latino” David Pastor, Jordi Farrés Tomás, etc

Discography

Interfrequency 23 7

The first work by Irene Aranda is born out of curiosity, experimenting with elements from different cultures and integrating them into a nearly exclusively original repertoire.

The compositions of this project are the vehicle that permits the sound connection through which one kind of music can enter into another.

To make the project come truth the young
Spanish pianist has count on Paul Evans
(trumpet), Vicente Macián (tenor sax),
Matthew Baker (doublebass), Jeff
Jerolamon (drums), Vicente Espí
(drums) and Lozanito (percussion).

The remarks that Irene does
about every tune make the spirit
of her music be clear.

Conversión/Conversion (I.Aranda)
Completed on 3rd September 2006, this
is the first composition written expressively for
this project and has therefore become the culprit of this whole adventure.

Pa´ tí / For you (I. Aranda)
First version of the tune completed on 7th March 2007, coinciding with my little sister‟s 23rd birthday (even though another month passed until the definitive version); however, the name of the tune derives from the melody of the bass in theme A.

Epitafio y fuga / Epitaph and fugue (I. Aranda)
Inspired by the “Epitaph to the Death of Don Quijote “ (from “Don Quijote” by M. Cervantes ); the material on which the work is based on, was originally created for choir.

“Yace aquí el hidalgo fuerte que a tanto extremo llegó de valiente, que se advierte que la muerte no triunfó de su vida con su muerte. Tuvo a todo el mundo en poco; fue el espantajo y el coco del mundo, en tal coyuntura, que acreditó su ventura morir cuerdo y vivir loco”

“Here lies the gentle knight under stout;
Who to such height as valour got,
That, if you got mark his theeds
throughout,
Death over his life triumphed not
With bringing of his death about
The world as nothing lie did trieze
For as a scarecrow in men‟s eyes
He lived, and was their bugbear too;
And had the luck, with much ado,
To live a fool, and yet die wise.”

23 7 (I. Aranda / M. Baker) The tune was composed on 23rd July 2007; we were both working separately and on the same day on similar ideas.

Bartók wanted (I. Aranda)
An arrangement of an original work by Béla Bartók. Since the rights weren‟t granted to us, only the parts which don‟t carry his signature had been included in this work.

La libertad y el beso/ Freedom and the kiss
(I. Aranda).
Adaptation of the theme B of “La libertad y el beso“, a work written in March 2004 for string quartet, piano and two sopranos.

You can find more about the album visiting the folowing links: