Prior to every performance, Yilian Cañizares pauses in a homage to her ancestral mothers and fathers. She lights candles, prays, and as she walks on stage, just before the lights come up, she bows and gently touches the ground. “This always puts me fully in the moment, it allows the music and the ancestors to flow through me, to reach people even if they don’t speak my language,” says Cuban born vocalist violinist who lives in Switzerland. Cañizares expresses great passion for jazz, classical music, salsa, hip-hop, and Cuban music, and the ability to add vocals and violin grants her a powerful expression resembling a one-woman orchestra. Her stage charisma, sophisticated blend of musical influences, and her graceful virtuosity while simultaneously singing and playing the violin, characterize Cañizares as a true discovery.
Born 34 years ago, she grew up not far from Revolution Square in Havana, Cuba. As part of a family who appreciates music she enjoyed a variety of performances every weekend, a classical orchestra, a jazz quartet, or a salsa band, every time expressing her wish to be on stage. At the age of seven, she was accepted as a piano and violin student at the prestigious Manuel Saumell music academy. It was the austerity-stricken 1990s in Cuba, and “it was tough getting equipment, getting anything,” she recalls. Nevertheless, she won the Cuban national violin competitions four times and at age 14, received a scholarship to study in Venezuela. Two years later, a master class with a visiting Swiss teacher changed her course of life leading her to Switzerland at age 17 to master the skills of a classical musician. Following several years of a prolific career as a classical orchestra violinist she sensed something was missing, something for the soul. She decided to set out on her own. Inspired by French jazz violinist, Stéphane Grappelli, she aspired to create a Cuban tradition interpretation for the jazz violin and make it just as beautiful.
She founded a quartet called Ochumare, goddess of the rainbows, and winning the 2008 Montreux Jazz Festival Competition set forward her independent path. She has participated in world music projects, collaborating with Ibrahim Maalouf and Omar Sosa, and later released two acclaimed albums, establishing herself as a groundbreaking pioneer with no boundaries. Being a woman and a Cuban, she tastes and explores a wealth of influences from the Orishas to Edith Piaf, from Venezuelan composer Simón Diaz to Cuban poet, Luis Carbonell. She also sings in French and Yoruba, the language of her ancestors from West Africa, enhancing the lyrics with Afro-Cuban percussion. “The traditional Yoruba canon is a huge influence,” she says, “These songs are melodic, rhythmic and powerful.” Loyal to her roots, she receives much of her inspiration from people who are no longer here. “Afro-Cuban belief says the spirits of those you love and admire from a personal or artistic point of view continue to stay around you,” she explains. “My sound reflects the richness and mixture of cultures that I carry with me today, it is who I am: a woman. A Cuban. A musician. A citizen of the world.”
Yilian Cañizares Violin, Vocals
Daniel Stawinski Pian
David Britto Double Bass
Frank Durand Drums
Inor Sotolongo Percussion
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- Wheelchair-accessible seating available for booking at the call center.
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- The 2018 winter RSJF venues are the Isrotel Theater at the Royal Garden Hotel and Canaan Hall at the Queen of Sheba Hotel, located on Antibes Street, Eilat.
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