Pictured in Ocean Way's Studio B are (l-r, foreground) Kasondra Kazanjian, singer; Rik Pekkonen, recording engineer; Julio de la Huerta, guitar; Kevin Moraine, producer; (standing) Carlos Velasco, guitar; Scott Moore, assisant engineer; Paulinho Da Costa, percussion; Brian Bromberg, bass and Dan Siegel, piano. Photo by David Goggin.
Hollywood, CA (June 5, 2013)-Classically trained and internationally acclaimed soprano Kasondra Kazanjian recently recorded her debut jazz album in Ocean Way's Studio B.
The collection of re-imagined jazz standards features performances from a diverse group of musicians, including bass player Brian Bromberg, pianist Dan Siegel, percussionists Lenny Castro and Paulinho da Costa, and Mexican guitarists Julio de la Huerta and Carlos Velasco. Audio engineer Rik Pekkonen captured and mixed the performances, which were recorded live in the studio.
Lovely Lady Records, an adult contemporary and adult alternative label, has announced the November 2013 release. "The album features intricate, dynamic and soaring performances with an authentic Latin vibe," said Kevin Moraine, producer, musician and founder of Lovely Lady Records. "Kasondra combines her classical training with a natural musicality for jazz. Praised by Opera UK Magazine for her 'stage charm and musicianship,' Kasondra's pure and multifaceted voice helps portray these standards in a unique and novel way."
"The crossover to jazz is quite a departure from the operatic repertoire I studied while attending Manhattan School of Music," remarked Kazanjian. "It is a transition that has helped me find my niche of late."
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