“Nectar” – Natalia Clavier (ESL Music) [ALBUM] April 10, 2008Posted by rocketsciencemedia in Press Releases.
Born and raised in Buenos Aires, ESL’s first female artist and newest signing Natalia Clavier was exposed at an early age to a constant stream of music by her mother, ranging from classical and Argentinean folk to Bob Dylan and Joan Baez, Spanish singer-songwriters, and soul music from North America. She began singing in school choirs at the age of 3, and by the time she was 11 she was performing as a soloist for a state sponsored kids music and theatre show to packed houses at Teatro de Las Provincias Argentinas, one of the largest concert halls in the city.
As a teen in drama school studying to be an actress, Natalia would mimic her favorite pop stars in private. She soon discovered jazz great Sarah Vaughn and had a new musical hero to admire and a new direction to follow. After a short time acting with local troupes and companies, she met a variety of musicians and joined an ethnic/electronic/acoustic outfit called Cosmic Ja-Ja. After some time performing live in Argentina she moved to greener pastures in Barcelona.
In Barcelona Natalia Clavier immediately hit the jazz circuit and launched herself into the electronic music scene, contributing vocals to house and techno singles and even singing live at raves in front of thousands. Quickly establishing herself in the local scene she was introduced to a young guitarist and ex-pat from Argentina named Federico Aubele (who had already released his debut album Gran Hotel Buenos Aires on ESL Music). The two became friends, which lead to Federico asking her to tour with him – and eventually sing on his new album Panamericana. They married in March of 2008 in a small ceremony in Buenos Aires.
While touring across the globe with Federico, Natalia was once again exposed to new and inspiring sounds, including those of songstress Lhasa de Sala. Having always sung in languages other than Spanish, Natalia felt a new and irresistible calling to express herself in her native tongue. With Federico’s help and support, Natalia composed and recorded an impressive 10 track demo. When she returned with Federico to ESL Music studios in Washington DC to record vocals for his sophomore album Panamericana, her demo came into the hands of Eric Hilton of Thievery Corporation. He agreed to lend his production talents, re-writing and re-arranging several songs for the album.
Armed with light hearted humility and an angelic voice, Natalia has recorded her debut full length album, Nectar, with Eric Hilton at the production controls. The album is built on sensual rhythms and Latin flourishes; be it the steady thump of “El Arbol”, the soaring majesty of “Azul”, the sly tango of “Ay De Mi”, or the languid beauty of title track “Nectar”.
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