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Joy Keys chats with Musician Esperanza Spalding

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Spalding’s journey as a solo artist began with the May 2008 release of Esperanza, which went on to become the best selling album by a new jazz artist internationally in 2008 and was also critically acclaimed.

During 2009, Esperanza toured extensively in the USA and Europe, was booked for a number of talk shows and the year was capped by an invitation from President Obama to perform at both the Nobel Prize Ceremony in Oslo, Norway and also at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert.

If Esperanza marked a brilliant beginning for this gifted young artist, then Spalding’s latest release, Chamber Music Society, sets her on an upward trajectory to prominence. Inspired by the classical training of her younger years, Spalding has created a modern chamber music group that combines the spontaneity and intrigue of improvisation with sweet and angular string trio arrangements. The result is a sound that weaves the innovative elements of jazz, folk and world music into the enduring foundations of classical chamber music traditions.

On Februrary 13th 2011 in Los Angeles, Esperanza received one of the music industry’s most prestigious prizes, the Grammy for Best New Artist. 

After her Spring European tour, Esperanza will return to the studio where she will continue recording her next album, Radio Music Society

www.esperanzaspalding.com

Little Fly music video:http://youtu.be/w2JRGv91urY?t=10s

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