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"Nicolle Chirino-Winner of The Florida Grammy Showcase"

Nicolle Chirino-Ganadora del Florida Grammy Showcase

Miami Beach, Florida-El departamento Latino de ASCAP se siente orgulloso y desea felicitar a la ganadora del primer Florida Grammy Showcase, Nicolle Chirino. El pasado miércoles 17 de abril la canta-autora y miembro de ASCAP Nicolle Chirino se presentó al lado de cinco grupos musicales, que compitieron por el primer "Florida Grammy Showcase" y por la oportunidad de exhibir su innegable talento ante los más importantes de la industria (VIP's) y el mundo. Tercera en la presentación, Nicolle cautivo a todo el público presente que esperaba ansioso el nombre del ganador. Cuando Nicolle Chirino fue mencionada, el pùblico explotó en una clamorosa ovación. La noche llena de excelente talento musical cautivó a todos los presentes, pero Nicolle fue la estrella que se llevó el galardón de este primer Showcase organizado por los Grammys en Miami. - ASCAP

"Universal Music Publishing Group Catalog"

The diverse Universal Music Publishing Group catalog and roster includes some of the most important latin music songwriters and artists, such as: Willy Chirino, Café Tacuba, Alih Jey, A.B. Quintanilla III, Andrea Echeverri, Baby Rasta, the catalogues of Gloria and Emilio Estefan Jr., Gustavo Santalalla, Hector ‘el Father’, Ignacio Pena, Javier Garcia, Jay Lozada, Jorge Luis Piloto, KC Porter, Los Amigos Invisibles, Manny Benito, Marc Durandeau, Molotov, Nely, Nicolle Chirino, Rudy Perez, Tulio Cremisini, Willy Chirino, Wisin & Yandel, and many more. - U Music.Com

"Standard Newsletter"

"Miami natives and sisters, Alana and Nicolle Chirino, come from a long line of musicians and are now carrying on the family talent, but with a rock twist. Both play instruments, one guitar and the other the bass, while singing in perfect harmony."

Come see them perform a mixture of their own songs and some of your favorites on Sunday, July 13th at 8pm - Standard Hotel Events

"It Takes A Village"

It Takes a Village
The cream of the Miami music scene bands together to monkey around
By Chris DeAngelis
published: August 19, 2004
What makes for a healthy local music scene? Is it a spirit of friendly competition, or one of cooperation, that brings out the best in musicians? Do major labels and big money help or hinder creative development? Where can you get a good bag of pot?

These are questions that plague the minds of players everywhere, particularly here in Miami. The local musician lives in a kind of self-imposed underclass, typically working at a low-paying, dead-end job so he or she can have the freedom to pursue their dream. A close personal relationship with Ramen noodles is not an uncommon side effect of their lifestyle choice

Which brings us to the Monkey Village. No, it's not the latest Miami tourist trap.

The Monkey Village is a collective of young musicians who rehearse, jam, and hang out at a rented house in Little Havana. White, black, brown, and trilingual, this group of friends is as culturally diverse as the city itself.

Leading the pack is the experimental jazz instrumental trio Wavetonic, with drummer Carlos Pena, guitarist Brian Steele, and bassist Nathan Jay. There is Mexican-born percussionist and singer Fabio Patino, who fronts a Latin jazz-influenced pop group called Elastika Beat; Jean "Paquito" Almacas, the Haitian bassist and singer of the reggae/world beat group Jean P. Jams; and dreadlocked rapper Itagui from Locos Por Juana and Suenalo Sound System. Then there are solo artists such as Ohio transplant guitarist and vocalist Cleaveland Jones; and singer/songwriters Michelle Foreman, Nicolle Chirino, and Nicole Henry.

Other musicians in the collective include tabla player Rajeesh Bhandari, drummer Sam Levine, saxophonists Jesse Jackson and Juan Turros, and the ebullient Ray "Conga" Diaz. Even probably the most in-demand keyboardist in town, Tony "Smurfio" Laurencio -- who tours with major-label rockers Bacilos -- counts himself as a member of the Monkey Village.

Nathan Jay, "the Monkey," is the glue that holds this coalition of individuals together. He's a soft-spoken, understated sort of person, as many bass players tend to be, and not the kind of guy whom you would assume is a catalyst. Yet he's the one who the others say is responsible for creating an atmosphere where ideas can develop into songs, or a casual evening of jamming between friends can solidify into a full-blown band.

"Although most of us had been playing on the scene since the mid-Nineties, it was when [Wavetonic] moved into the house, which became known as the Monkey Village in 1999, that things really started coming together," says Jay. "We had people coming and going, living there for a while. All along the way, different bands were using it as a rehearsal space."

The Monkey Village began to get a reputation as a place where you could stay a while if you were low on money, as well as a specific group of musicians who were willing to try new things in an atmosphere of positive experimentation and encouragement. For example, when drummer Pena brought by an idea for a tune, "Ilfuat Travalier" ("Fast Work"), to his friends at the Village, he hummed the lyrics and basic melody to songwriters Paquito and Fabio, who helped him flesh out its structure and chord changes. The trio played with the song together, allowing it to take its own natural shape.

"Everyone is so talented in the group," says Jay. "It takes a lot for musicians to just play what the songwriter is asking, especially if they are in a role that goes from being a songwriter to being a musician who is supporting another songwriter. I think we've all learned to let go of that ... to be open and do what is best for the music organically."

The Monkey Village collective has long since abandoned the house itself: Wavetonic moved out in September 2002 to set up residence in San Francisco and Miami; in the latter, they have found a new home base they call "Casa Invisible." Everyone else moved out the following May.

However, the musicians still collaborate together, and recently held a showcase at Tobacco Road to celebrate the release of Family Fruit, an eclectic thirteen-track compilation CD.

Each song bears the personal imprint of its writer, yet there is cohesion in the album's overall sound. Quite a few of the tracks explore the Monkey Village band's Caribbean roots, such as Jean P. Jams's two outstanding contributions, the highlife-inflected "Real Heart" and "Standing Hand." Then there's the retro R&B vibe of "Until I Met You" by Jones, a Parliament-Funkadelic rave-up. Meanwhile Levine's "Life Stimulator" and Wavetonic's "Relax Ray" are quiet, minimalist compositions.

That night at Tobacco Road, fifteen performers held down two stages for the entire evening, with players shifting from stage to stage and instrument to instrument. U - Miami New Times

"Star Stereo @ Monaco Film Festival" - Isabel Echeverry


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Born into a historic legacy of music and talent...

We begin this story starting with Nicolle & Alana's grandparents-two famous Cuban personalities who held the heart of Latin America with the "Olgy & Tony" for more than thirty years.

Their father world renowned Cuban Latin Grammy Artist Willy Chirino & their mother famed actress and singer Lissette-lead these rock stars to be avant-garde songwriters, singers and unforgettable performers.

Miami's beloved pop-rock princesses started their music career early in life after being in several bands since the prime age of twelve. At fifteen Nicolle began performing in Miami's music scene as a guitarist, singer, bassist and even a drummer. Her initial music project included a band with her four sisters "The Chirino Sisters" that gave her enough experience to decide to pursue a successful career as a soloist after almost five years of hard work in shows throughout South Florida. In 2004, Nicolle won the first Florida Grammy Showcase for independent artists. Soon after she was noticed for her ability to beautifully project her voice to fans as she stirred their souls with strong lyrics of love's beauty, life as a young woman through lucid dreams of boys and broken hearts.

Nicolle was signed to Universal Music Publishing as a songwriter placing her as one of the most coveted young singer songwriters in the digital generation. She has also lent her voice for several cartoon songs such and licensed several songs for major motion pictures.

Alana, who sexy voice resounds into your heart-not to mention that any celestial being would covet has performed with artists such as:

Presently these historically talented ladies have joined forces in their latest music project: Star Stereo. With a musical inspiration base from The Beatles, Al green, and Stevie Wonder, Beck, Maroon 5, No Doubt, Lauren Hill, The Police and Sublime these juicy sounds are proven to rock the pants off their fans.

Undoubtedly headed towards making their legacy and mark in musical history in all begins with one name: Chirino.

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