O Sister! is a tribute to the popular American music of the 30s and in general to the golden decades of “Dixie” and “Swing”. The group was created in an attempt to recuperate the open spirit with which jazz was born, when it still lacked the intellectual and even elitist connotation we insist on attributing to it today. Jazz was, quite simply, music to dance to and have fun with, the music of the streets. And all this took place in a social and economic context not unlike the uncertain moments we are living today.
The project is also a tribute to The Boswell Sisters, a ground-breaking female vocal jazz trio, perhaps not as popular as they deserved in spite of being imitated by many later vocal groups and admired by artists as important as Ella Fitzgerald herself.
Despite the years gone by, it is the surprising modernity with which The Boswell Sisters understood and used harmony and vocal resources that encouraged singer Paula Padilla to form this group and recuperate the magic of that style of making music. From that moment on, O Sister! began making its own arrangements, recreating the splendour of vocal jazz in live, elegantly staged and entertaining performances.
It is curious how despite being physically so far (in space and time) from New Orleans at the turn of the century, this music has reached and touched them beyond the limitations of language and distance.
Helena Amado (Soprano)
Paula Padilla (Alto)
Marcos Padilla (Tenor)