Making of a Song
Lizz Wright talks about her composition "Sparrow"
Vocalist and new SFJAZZ Collective member Lizz Wright breaks down her original Afropop-inspired unreleased composition “Sparrow”, and its timely message relating to weathering the storms in life. The song, co-written by guitarist Chris Bruce, was originally performed and filmed in her September 2019 concert, and is currently availableon-demand.
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Treasured Bay Area singer Bobi Céspedes is a sonera of the classic Cuban style and for this performance, filmed in June 2019, she presented the world premiere of a selection of brand new songs joined by guest percussionist John Santos. Céspedes founded the influential Bay Area Cuban ensemble Conjunto Céspedes in 1981 with her brother Luis and nephew Guillermo, sharing the stage with salsa titans Tito Puenté, Rubén Blades and Celia Cruz. The singer worked with Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart’s Planet Drum project beginning in 1998, recording two albums and touring the world with his ensemble that also featuring SFJAZZ Education Director Rebeca Mauleón. Her long-awaited debut album, Rezos, was released in 2003, and this performance celebrates her new material and her quarter-century collaboration with Santos.
BACKSTAGE: MAKING OF A SONG
Through this insightful series that explores an artist's creative process, you'll go behind-the-scenes and hear from the artists themselves about their inspiration and backstory behind a specific composition and how it was created, followed by a live performance of that composition from the SFJAZZ Center. These exclusive short videos are free and only available to SFJAZZ Members.
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