Tania Cordobés
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Tania Cordobés

Dallas, Texas, United States | SELF

Dallas, Texas, United States | SELF
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"The Netherlands, Nomination for Indie Artist of the Year"

Surprise Nomination from across the pond! Tania Cordobés nominated for Indie Artist of the year by online radio station " Starliners" based in The Netherlands. After being in the lead for the month of March, Cordobés lost by a narrow margin of 24 votes to last year's Indie Artist of the Year. - de Starliners Radio


"Welcome to the elWatusi eNewsletter Nº 18 for December 14, 2010."

" ...beautiful Cuban-American pop fusion release by TANIA CORDOBÉS" - El Watusi - Descarga


"Must See Shows by Texas Artists August 20-26"

Must-see shows by Texas artists for Aug. 20 - 26
01:08 PM CDT on Wednesday, August 18, 2010

By MARIO TARRADELL/The Dallas Morning News
mtarradell@dallasnews.com
Most of us look at containers and jars merely as storage vessels. We've all got several of them in our kitchens. But for Dallas' Tania Cordobés, they "represent the idea that songs, art, music, and dance are containers for feelings and experiences," she writes in the liner notes of her new CD, aptly titled Containers and Jars.


Cordobés, who sings and plays piano and acoustic guitar on her latest disc, takes a deeper, meditative approach to making music. That stems from her educational background, particularly her master's degree in music therapy from Southern Methodist University. She writes songs to brighten the soul and move the emotions, such as uplifting little gems "Seguiré," "Cantico Santo," "Miracle," "Eternidad" and "Dreams." Cordobés' sound is most eclectic. It is acoustic-based, melodic, percussive, with plenty of syncopated rhythms (a nod to her Cuban-American heritage), and it combines elements of flamenco, bossa nova and samba.

There's a warm, homegrown, textured feel to Containers and Jars. Recorded at Cabeza Productions in Dallas, and featuring violinist Mariela Suarez and percussionist Ivan Martinez, both of local salsa orchestra Havana NRG, the disc sounds like the work of a bilingual, multicultural folkie.

Containers and Jars is only Cordobés' second CD under her name. In 1995, a fresh-faced Cordobés released two albums, one bearing her moniker called Looking Back, Thinking Ahead and another self-titled under the Surf Salsa banner. The idea behind Surf Salsa, her band at the time, was to merge the authentic stylings of Cuban and Mexican music with slices of Americana that paid homage to her Texas upbringing. It was a refreshing effort, not unlike Containers and Jars .

Friday at 7:30 at Cafe Málaga, 107 S. Church St., McKinney. Free admission. 972-542-9996. Also, Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Grove at the Village at Allen, 190 E. Stacy Road, Suite 1408, Allen. Free admission. www.thevillage shopping.com/events/Groovin__The_Grove.
- The Dallas Morning News


Discography

"Containers and Jars" full length CD released in August of 2010
"A Circle Around Me (The Boundary Song)" & "Kids Count" written by Tania and released by the Children's Advocacy Center of Collin County to help educate children about safety in 2005
"El Mandador" single remix released in 1997 to modest national airplay on community-based Latino stations in the Southwest and Latino dance clubs in the southwest.
"Shadow Dance" single remix for streaming radio 1997
"Olas En Mis Ojos" single remix for streaming radio 1997
"Surf Salsa" full length CD released in 1995 w/ modest community radio airplay of the song "Que Lindo" which also earned an honorable mention in the Nashville Songwriter’s Association/ CMT International Songwriting Contest in 2003.
"Looking Back, Thinking Ahead" full length CD released in 1995

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In a recent review of her latest CD, "Containers and Jars," (a title used to describe the belief that songs and the arts are containers for feelings and experiences) Mario Tarradell, music critic for the Dallas Morning News stated, "She writes songs to brighten the soul and move the emotions, such as the uplifting little gems "Seguiré", "Cantico Santo", "Miracle", "Eternidad" and "Dreams". Cordobés sound is most eclectic...There's a warm, homegrown, textured feel... a refreshing effort." Naming the new CD an "Editor's Pick", Descarga Magazine calls the new release a "beautiful Cuban-American pop fusion". What sets Ms. Cordobés apart from other bands is the delivery of "supple songs with the Cuban fun mixed in" according to singer-songwriter Pete Bixby. At a live show, whether performing as a soloist or with her full ensemble, young and old start moving. Tania has written and recorded 3 full length CD's and several singles. A full scholarship in music led Cordobés to earn her bachelors and master's degree in music and music therapy in Texas with post- graduate music studies completed in Havana, Cuba. In the early days, as a working music therapist she was also active in folk circles, her once shy singing and forthright songwriting continued to develop until a solo performance career and fans had gathered and her first CD's were in progress, working with various duos and bands through the years. She had the honor of being invited to sing with a Texas band, "Come Together" at Willie Nelson's picnic in 1998 in Luchenbach. The band had asked Tania to translate the lyrics and arrange new lead and backing vocals for the song. The track made it to the hands of Mr. Nelson who requested the band come perform at the festival and bring "that girl singer". With a unique set of skills as a songwriter and music therapist, Cordobés continues to use music in the health care realm, in addition to writing and performing music as a way to connect and entertain on the stage. She also works as a backing musician for various projects on piano, rhythm guitar and backing vocals. Cordobés performs in a variety of formats (as a solo or duo in small venues to 7 and 8 pieces for festivals where she incorporates the full compliment of percussion to express the latin contemporary fusion sound) in order to meet the needs of the venue or simply to serve as a mode of expression for the group of songs she is performing.