Whether belting out lyrics like a powerhouse or interpreting sensitive ballads, Rocio Guitard is a superb singer. Her latest CD, JazzDance, is a revelation for she reinvents standards in surprising ways, and shows that jazz can be both creative and accessible, danceable yet quite unpredictable.
Born in Germany and raised in Spain, Rocio remembers hearing Beatles songs in her parents’ car. She learned virtually every Beatles song by heart, sang along and, when she was bored with that, she harmonized. Rocio started playing the recorder when she was three, moved on to other instruments when she was six, and at eight began studying piano and music theory at the Royal Conservatory in Madrid, graduating when she was 13. She taught herself to play guitar at 15 and began writing songs of her own.
Rocio played piano in her high school band when she was 14. “The band had a singer who couldn’t read music and he had to learn a new song. I agreed to sight read it for him, and at that moment the bandleader walked in and heard me sing. He thought that I should do the song instead, and I have been singing ever since.” When she moved to Germany to attend college (earning a Masters Degree in Mathematics from the Ludwig Maximilian University), she started singing in professional a-cappella groups and choirs. Soon Rocio was singing lead and solos. “By the time I graduated college, I was making a living singing, so I decided to turn my passion into my profession. Unfortunately there was not enough exposure, enough genres, enough musicians, or enough everything in Munich. I decided to sell everything that I owned and come over to the United States, arriving in the San Francisco Bay area in 1998 with two suitcases and a phone number for a voice coach.”
“Few other singers could put on such a display so successfully.
(…) Throughout JazzDance, Rocio Guitard shows that she is
quite a powerhouse, one who has a wide range, a beautiful
voice, and the intuitive ability to be a major jazz singer. This set
is highly recommended.” Scott Yanow, author of ten books
including The Jazz Singers, Swing, Jazz On Film and Jazz On
“Rocio Guitard is an extremely creative and exciting vocalist on
the jazz scene today. Her innovative arrangements and wide
spectrum of expression stand heads above the army of typical
jazz interpreters. Listen to her.” Jeffrey Wood, Fantasy Studios
“Breathlessly agile, wonderful, and brilliant.” Sueddeutsche
“An amazing artist.” Mark Phillips, Ultimate Audio
“Rocio Guitard is what music is all about.” Joe Kelley, WVOF
“Fantastic job on the album, and we look forward to more of
your music.” Mark Stanley, SoundTraxx.com
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