ABOUT THE ARTIST/
Delfina Oliver is one of the most prominent singers in the jazz scene in Buenos Aires, Argentina, acknowledged by local critics for the quality of her voice and for imprinting a contemporary jazz sound to classic and modern standards.
She released her second cd “CAMINO” in September 2010, presented in a luxurious cd art in a deluxe carboard triptych box with four postcards in its interior, produced independently and edited by her new record label “Delphin Records”, obtaining a large amount of excellent reviews in the media, and getting distinguished as “Best Jazz Album” and “Best Jazz Singer” of the year (2010) in La Nación, the most prestigious newspaper in her country.
Delfina has earned a place of her own in the local jazz scene of Buenos Aires earning the respect and appreciation of the audience, the musical community, and critics. She has been invited to integrate the Jury of Honor of the “Clarín Espectáculo” Awards for three consecutive years, 2007, 2008 and 2009, and in 2010 was invited to join the Jury of the “Premios Gardel a la Música” - the two most important awards of the music industry in Argentina - for the "Jazz" category, distinctions awarded annually to the most prominent artists of the genre at a national level. In May 2011 she was distinguished by the Ministry of Culture of Buenos Aires City “for her creative and valuable trajectory”. She is currently presenting her new cd “Camino” in Buenos Aires and in the most important jazz festivals throughout the country.
CD "CAMINO" PRESS REVIEWS (2010)
"In a crossover of sophisticated pop and classic jazz, another young, beautiful and talented singer, Delfina Oliver, presents her second album: Camino". ROLLING STONE ARGENTINA, Humphrey Inzillo, 6/8/2010.
(Full story: http://www.rollingstone.com.ar/1292046 )
"As the years go by "Camino" will appear as a milestone in the life of Delfina Oliver"... "It is also an exquisite work, in which the voice of Delfina is yet another instrument in this band of notable musicians she assembled for the occasion". NEWSWEEK ARGENTINA, Cristian Savio, 9/10/2010
"Camino represents the consolidation of one of the best local singers (...)" "From the artistic point of view she took risks and gave birth to one of the most recommended albums of the year." LA NACIÓN, Ricardo Carpena, 9/5/2010. (Full story: http://www.lanacion.com.ar/nota.asp?nota_id=1301400). This is the most prestigious newspaper in Argentina.
"Oliver is fearless, she surprises us and foreshadows the magnificent register the cd will take". VEINTITRÉS MAGAZINE, Nicolas Russo, 26/8/2010
"The exquisite Delfina Oliver sings charmingly, effortlessly letting the notes flow of a repertoire of well chosen to show off her seductive vocal timbre. Everything looks good on her. NEWS OF CUTLTURE AND ENTERTAINMENT, Martin Wullich, 18/09/2010 (full story: http://news.martinwullich.com/vernota.php?id=878 )
"Delfina Oliver delivers her latest work which is the result of lots of strife, dreaming and hard work. The presentation of Oliver’s album was a treat.” “It is no surprise Oliver chose Joni Mitchell´s “All I want” to express with precision the point she is at as an artist “I am on a lonely road and I am travelling, travelling, travelling, looking for the key to set me free”. Oliver might be travelling with her beautiful melodic voice to find her place within the local music scene, but the long trip has not been a road alone, accompanied by some of the best artists in the local jazz scene. Delfina Oliver’s “Camino” (Road) is the result of a work well done and is an incentive for artists who are trying to move ahead and are willing to take a chance.” THE BUENOS AIRES HERALD, Angeles Mase, 16/09/20100
"Delfina Oliver is one of those singers who becomes known by word of mouth. Her exquisite voice and bold spirit are a very harmonious combination as are her versions of songs by Billie Holliday or Joni Mitchell. This record she did independently is worth listening to." SOPHIA MAGAZINE, October issue 2010.
"The record is a reflection of a jazz singer who takes risks and achieves very good results." "A work of excellent manufacture and luxurious group". LA NACIÓN NEWSPAPER, “Jazz Planet” Section, César Pradines 11/09/2010
"One of the most exquisite singers of Argentine jazz, Delfina Oliver, presents “Camino”, her second solo album, with her warm and sensual voice." DEBATE MAGAZINE, “Cultural Recommendations” 21/7/2010.
''With a single previous record to her credit (“Mirada” 2005), this first cd was enough to locate Delfina Oliver among the three or four best vocalists.” (...) "We said at the beginning of this article that Delfina Oliver is one of the best jazz singers in our scene. This album (Camino) confirms that assertion in a resounding way.” EL AMANTE DEL CINE Magazine, September issue (2010), Jorge Garcia.
(Full Story: http://www.elamante.com/content/view/2773/66/ )
Born in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Delfina Oliver was surrounded by music and art since early childhood. Her great aunts were classical music concert artists who taught throughout the country and headed the Thibaud Piazzini Conservatory in Buenos Aires City. Her grandmother had been the leading young actress in the classical Spanish Theatre Company of Lola Membrives in her youth. Her childhood memories are filled with classical music concerts, declamations, tango piano concerts and singing at the family reunions.
At age three Delfina began studying classical piano, tap dance and ballet in Washington DC, United States, where she lived between ages two to nine while her parents, both of them architects and urban planners, worked at international organizations (IDB and OAS). Back at school in Buenos Aires she developed her love for concerts, choir competitions, music and plays, which forged her vocation. As a teenager she continued her studies in piano and music, and later used the earnings of her first jobs to take lessons in dancing, acting, and finally, singing. On graduating from University she auditioned for a play at Complejo La Plaza, where she obtained her first role as a singer/actress in a play, discovering her final vocation on stage.
HER CAREER IN JAZZ/
Delfina began singing on stage in 1994 in musical theatre as well as in jazz where she started at the Café Mozart accompanied by Jorge Cutello, Tato Turano and Néstor Astarita among other musicians. In 2000 she formed her first stable jazz band, and has since devoted herself fully to the genre. In her early beginnings she was accompanied by Hugo Pierre (sax), Juan Carlos Cirigliano (piano), Alfredo Remus (double bass), Manuel Fraga (piano), Marcelo Mayor (guitar), Enrique Varela (sax), Jorge Cutello (sax), Tato Turano (piano), etc. In 2001 she was distinguished as “Best new jazz singer” by La Nación (the most prestigious newspaper of her country), and from that moment the doors of the best jazz clubs in Buenos Aires opened for her and she began to be booked regularly.
In 2002 Delfina launched a latin jazz project accompanied by the Manuel Fraga Quartet, formed by the latter on piano, Arturo Puertas on double bass, Oscar "Pocho Porteño" Vega in percussion and Fabián Pérez on drums, with great success.
In early 2003 in a quest for a personal sound, she abandoned latin and traditional jazz to form a new band with Mariano Otero, who became her arranger and accompanied her on the double bass and as her musical director until 2006. This group formed by contemporary jazz musicians of the new generation that accompanied her on her first solo album, would mark the musical style and the contemporary sound that defines Delfina’s music until today.
Delfina entered the recording studio in 2005 after three years of intense activity at the jazz clubs and venues in Buenos Aires, surrounded by a handful of the finest musicians today: Enrique Norris (horn), Rodrigo Domínguez (sax), Juan Pablo Arredondo (guitar), Francisco Lo Vuolo (piano), Mariano Otero (double bass) and Carto Brandan (drums). She produced the album independently, which was then edited by one of the most prestigious local labels of contemporary music, Bau Records (Buenos Aires Underground).
Since the release of her first album, "MIRADA” (View), in 2005, Delfina Oliver emerged as one of the most interesting jazz singers of her generation, renown by the audience and critics for her the originality and risk taking of her work and the quality of her voice. This album earned her "Jazz Singer of the year (2005)" (La Nación newspaper 12/31/05), "She is the new voice of the new Argentine jazz" (Clarín newspaper, 25/09/05), "with one of the best vocal jazz albums under her belt she is one of the best local voices and one of the artists most widely accepted by the jazz avant garde". (La Nación newspaper 15/10/07). “Not only was I captivated by her voice and her scenic gifts, but by the obvious personal search of her versions. Oliver has become one of the best options of vocal jazz in this city" (La Nación Sunday Magazine 09/08/09).
From then on she continued generating new projects, such as "Monk, Mingus and Miles" arranged by Enrique Norris in tribute to these great musicians and composers, and exploring new material to record.
In October 2007 she launched "Delfina Oliver Septet", integrated by Juan Cruz de Urquiza on trumpet, Ramiro Flores on sax, John Canosa on trombone, Jerónimo Carmona on double bass, Carto Brandan on drums, and Miguel Tarzia on guitar and arrangements. The Group recorded the album "CAMINO" (Road) between December 2007 and June 2008, with Enrique Norris as a guest on horn. "Camino" was mixed and mastered in September 2009. The artwork was created during 2010.
While the artist was working on the album "Camino" she continued performing live intensely. During 2008 accompanied by her Quartet formed by Francisco Lo Vuolo on piano, Pepi Taveira on drums and Ezequiel Dutil on double bass, and in 2009 Diego Schissi on piano, Mariano Sívori on double bass and Pipi Piazzolla on drums.
In March 2010 Delfina created her own recording label, "Delphin Records", in order to edit her future albums independently with full control on the artistic and commercial decisions. In September 2010 “CAMINO” was released obtaining excellent reviews in the media, being distinguished as "Jazz Album of the year (2010)" and earning her the distinction of "Jazz Singer of the year (2010)" (La Nación 31/12/10).
In “Camino” Delfina delivers a repertoire of jazz standards, Joni Mitchell songs and Charles Mingus compositions performed by the singer in her own personal style with a contemporary jazz sound. Arranged by guitarist Miguel Tarzia and played by a select group of contemporary jazz musicians, "Camino" is a genuine expression of the search for an identity of the sound of jazz in Argentina.
Delfina has won a place of her own in the local jazz scene earning the respect and appreciation of the audience, the musical community and critics. She has been invited to integrate the Jury of Honor of the “Clarín Espectáculo” Awards for three consecutive years, 2007, 2008 and 2009, and in 2010 was invited to join the Jury of the “Premios Gardel a la Música” - the two most important awards of the music industry in Argentina - for the "Jazz" category, distinctions awarded annually to the most prominent artists of the genre at a national level.
Known for taking artistic risks by experimenting with different sounds and instrumental formations in a constant search for an original and unique sound, always accompanied by the most prominent local contemporary jazz musicians, Delfina is characterized by imprinting a contemporary sound to the classical material of the genre. Since 2003 she has played with: Juan Cruz de Urquiza, Enrique Norris, Mariano Otero, Diego Schissi, Oscar Giunta, Daniel Pipi Piazzolla, Rodrigo Domínguez, Francisco Lo Vuolo, Hernán Jacinto, Miguel Tarzia, Patricio Carpossi, Ramiro Flores, Gustavo Musso, Mariano Loiácono, Pepi Taveira, Juan Pablo Arredondo, Jerónimo Carmona, Carto Brandan, Mariano Sívori, Nicholas Guerschberg, Alejandro López, Cristian Bórtoli, Ezequiel Dutil, etc.
Delfina is currently playing at the most prestigious jazz clubs in the city and presenting her new material throughout the country; Thelonious Club, Café Vinilo, Notorious, Jazz Voyeur, La Dama de Bollini, Clásica y Moderna, Club Lounge, etc. She has played at the Chacarerean Theatre, Teatro Liceo, Teatro Sarmiento, Teatro Colón (Mar del Plata City), Teatro Vera (Corrientes City), etc. Buenos Aires International Jazz Festival, Calafate and Río Gallegos Jazz Festival, Corrientes Jazz Festival, Colonia Jazz Festival (Urugay) and Asunción (Paraguay).
Delfina is currently working and living in Buenos Aires, Argentina.