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Ariacne Trujillo

Deep melancholy contests resurgent hope through the low, raspy voice of Cuban singer, keyboardist and pianist Ariacne Trujillo. “Sometimes when it seems that you are falling millions of miles behind, you are mysteriously moving forward,” she explains. “When there’s hope; there’s no fear. Never give up no matter what life brings you.” And Ariacne, who has performed with Paul Simon and has been on many Cuban TV shows, is not about to give up.

Only a very courageous woman could thrive as she has: while raising her 10-year-old son, Niack, on her own, Ariacne works fulltime. “I’m a single mother, working almost every night,” she writes. “I teach in the afternoon and many times I have recordings. I wake up, take my son to school and go back to sleep. I wake up again, do lunch, and sometimes give piano and singing lessons. Then part of my afternoon is taking care of my son. Then off to work.” That makes for a particularly packed schedule. “It is hard to be father and mother [at the same time],” Ariacne adds.

This is still a man’s world, she explains. So, it’s all the more impressive that Ariacne, not unlike many other vibrant female players in New York City, has managed to make a name for herself as a Latina musician around so many accomplished male performers. “It is so satisfying when [men] count you as another musician, and not a fragile girl who is trying to stand up,” she reveals. “It is great when you realize you are part of the wolfs’ pack.”

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