Francesca Ancarola | Sons of the Same Sun

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Sons of the Same Sun

by Francesca Ancarola

A wonderful blend of contemporary North American Jazz and traditional South American folk sounds and rhythms perfectly merging the spirits of both continents with a mixture of both English and Spanish lyrics.
Genre: Jazz: Latin Jazz
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Francesca began composing music at the age of 9 but didn't receive her first music lesson until she was 15. By 19 she was already winning awards and performing professionally not only in South America but also in Europe and North America. She studied jazz guitar under several masters and plays cello and piano as well. While earning her Bachelor's Degree in Music at the University of Chile she founded a jazz-rock band, composed chamber music and electro-acoustical music as well. She continued to earn awards for her singing and traveled extensively with theater troops and musical groups. She also worked for numerous companies singing jingles for commercials.

Under a Fulbright Scholarship, Francesca attended the Manhattan School of Music where she earned her Masters Degree in Voice with Honors. While classically trained with several opera performances to her credit, Francesca prefers a more contemporary application of her wide-ranging vocal talents.

Her first solo CD "Que el Canto Tiene Sentido" was nominated for the prestigious Chilean Altazor Award in 1999. Her second CD entitled "Pasaje de Ida y Vuelta" won both the Chilean Fondart and Altazor Awards in 2000 and she was nominated for the Apes Award for best female singer. She released her third solo CD in October 2002 and has received much praise for it as well. Widely acclaimed in her home country, Francesca was recently invited to perform for the Chilean Congress.

In 2002 Francesca was discovered by Taos, NM independent record label Petroglyph Records and in April 2004 completed her North American debut CD with Grammy Award winning producer Andy Byrd. On this CD entitled "Sons Of The Same Sun" Francesca concentrates on self-composed and arranged songs blending the diverse folk sounds of South America with the smooth jazz styles of the United States. Her powerful vocals in both English and Spanish transcend cultural and political boundaries elevating the listener into a brighter world knowing only peace, beauty and brotherhood where we are all "sons of the same sun."

Francesca continues to do various studio work, instructing and performing throughout Chile. She is also currently composing music for her next CD with Petroglyph Records.


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Alejandro Jara

Francesca is a GREAT singer and her music a fanstastic blend of moden latin and
Her previous CDs in spanish are very good. This CD marks her entry into the english speaking market. She is a gifted singer and the arrangements are very pleasant and attractive. Her voice and style are versatile and unique. She can perform music from anywhere while preserving her magic touch. Strongly recommended to any serious music lover

Nancy Calderón

Chilean Jazz
Francesca is very talented and fresh!!! I've become a fan of hers just listening to her music.
Hope she goes on making good music as until now.
Congratz

By Rodrigo González

An interesting mixture of rythms from the new "Latin American-fusion" sort
Intermedio Magazine
Most of people it can locate to the singer and Chilean composer Francesca Ancarola if it sharpens the ear and it listens to several commercial ones of the local television. Through well-known marks and products of consumption it annoys a powerful and clarified voice, able to give entity until the most insipid of the publicities. Nevertheless, this is only one smaller facet in the race of the interpreter, who until now accumulates four discs in her eclectic musical life, crossed by the jazz, Brazilian music, the fusion and soul. The last one of them is Sons of the Same Sun, that appears under the label of Petroglyph Record with base in New Mexico, the United States - and that the particularitity has to contain several of her songs in English. The disc is thought obvious for its international distribution and there the universal character of the selected language. In this sense, Ancarola surprises pleasingly with the good handling of the English language, giving of step a new upset and turn to the subjects of the plate. Co-produced by the Grammy winner Andy Byrd, Sons of the Same Sun unfolds through its ten songs an interesting mixture of rythms from the new "Latin American-fusion" sort, always rocked by the Ancarola´s jazzy origins, that also demonstrates its property like composer here.

Fabio Salas, Rocinante Magazine

Sophisticated, refined and subtle
This CD consists of renewed and translated English versions of Francesca´s repertoire from her three previous albums. This cross-over artist successfully reunites jazzy elements, with a melodious Latin sound (highlighting Peruvian influences) and her own poetic vein. In "Hotel Room", she recreates a lyrical approach similar to Chico Buarque’s in the song,"Construction". Sophisticated, refined and subtle, Fran has a vocal transparency that is to date, incomparable. The beauty of her vocals is so overwhelming that hearing her, even in English (with some very clever spanglish touches ) is as natural and enjoyable as ever. Her diction is impeccable and the musicians who accompany her do their job effectively and precisely. Sound: Very Good. Production: top of the line. The cover art (very pretty) might confuse, suggesting she’s a new age artist, but no, Francesca Ancarola has a clear goal and still reminds us from time to time that we are sons of the same sun.(Translation to the english by Laura Fuentes)....Versión en español: Este CD consta de versiones remozadas y traducidas al inglés de algunos temas señeros del repertorio previo de Francesca aparecido en sus tres álbumes anteriores. El estilo cross-over de esta artista le permite reunir con éxito algunas claves jazzísticas, la melodiosidad de la música latina ( con un claro énfasis en la música peruana ) y su propia veta poética, cuyo relieve asoma en el tema “Hotel Room” donde recrea el hallazgo lingüístico de la “Construcción” de Chico Buarque. Sofisticada, refinada y sutil, la transparencia vocal de Fran no tiene parangón por el momento, su encanto es apabullante al punto que oírla transpuesta al inglés ( con algunos toques de spanglish muy atinados ) no causa extrañeza y se percibe con el mismo agrado de siempre. Su dicción es impecable y el conjunto de músicos que la acompaña cumple su función con eficacia y justeza. Sonido: muy bueno. Producción: de primera. El arte del package ( muy bonito ) puede llevar a confusión y sugerir que se trata de un artista new age, pero no, Francesca Ancarola tiene su meta clara y sigue recordándonos cada cierto tiempo que somos hijos del mismo sol.

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Reviews written by musicians of each song of the album
ALLA
nice vocals, very Latin Jazz.
What energy! Loved the vocals and the entire presentation...I don't normally listen to this type of music and I've determined that I should be listening to it! Great stuff!.......

BANDERITA ROTA
I like this song a lot and I LOVED the vocal phrasing.I'm not fluent in Spanish,but the WAY the vocals were sung made this work for me regardless of the language.this song could also be an instrumental with an saxophone or flute playing the vocal line.I like the guitar part and strings.i play guitar and it's difficult to make a guitar part sound so relaxed.
bien hecho! que linda esta cancion! Que rica y sabrosa la voz de esta mujer. Que bella... en espanol, con estilo de un cancion de Brasil... good voicing of the string parts.
Beautiful feeling i get while listening , it create's a special mood , romantic and also a little sad , but very beautiful . great smooth voice , sounds like toni braxton ! this kind of music i could listenfor hours by candlelight.........
gracias por esta canción! muy rica!
Cool world beat latin feel, vocals are alluring, meldoy changes and violin chord changes interesting
typical Latin song that I've heard 1,000 times.
Very nice music!.......
DOÑA MARIA
nery nice - and a bit different
Love the energy. Passionate, enchanting. Good vocalist. Enjoyed the instrumentation.
I really dug this. I'm a big fan of the nuevo flamenco/fusion current, and these people do this well. Excellent singer, good song, good performance, good recording.
You threw me for a minute at the beginning until I felt the 3/4 pattern emerge. I would say very good stuff. You belong in the Latin Jazz Fusion idiom. I enjoyed the strong vocalist and the contemporary ideas you conveyed. Fusion is not for everybody, but you won me. Keep up the good work. This song is radio ready.
Very tight playing. Beautiful vocals. A variety of musical textures makes it easy to listen to. This group is pro all the way. I listened to it 5 times in a row. I don't usually do that.
Very cool and unique arrangement and flow.
Every instrument comes across clearly and the musicians seem to have a goog level of proficiency, good lead vocals, very unique song.
nice sounding voice...clear recording.... kind of a Brazil 66 thing?.......
HOTEL ROOM
great melancholy feel and mood, good performances, pianist is brilliant, Recoding is Top Notch and Pro sounding. Would be great in a very sad movie where two lovers dissolve the relationship and perhaps get back together.... Whatever, this is a great ballad. And those question/answer back up vocals are really drawing me in.
nice old school feel to eat. sounds like something you hear in the movies two languages was pretty cool
Sounded beautiful, ambient and could be popular within the jazz genre. Also could find a home as tv/film soundtrack......
MOONLIGHT
Resembles the "Nancy Wilson" (not the one from HEART) style. Nice cut. Smooth flow and instrumental mix. Very nice relaxed vocals! Great Job!!!!!!!!!!!!
Very good at what it is. Not my ideal type of approach but that means nothing. There are times when the strings are a bit too busy but they are generally fine. This song could do well
GREAT SONG
Great instrumentation. Good vocal quality...I would love to hear more. I know this seems like petty feedback, but I am trying to be as thorough as possible. Do you play out- where?
NIce band and orchestration.......
ON YOUR SKIN
Awesome voice, very beautiful, so melodic and sweet.
Nice mood.
Good VOCALS !
nice brazilian flavor, beautiful singing and guitar playing, nice harmonica solo
Unbelieveable vibe and feel. Wonderful vocal performance and guitar work. The chord changes are ethereal and gorgeous.
Thank you so much, that was soooooooooo great!!!!!
Great starting lead vocal, very Roberta Flack in mood. Great pitch and delivery and diction. I like the sparse production style, and was actually really happy to hear the backing vocals come in and take this song to a very Milton Nascimento kind of world, and you gotta love him right? Great ideas and I am happy to hear something so unique and different here. Great job, can't wait to hear more from this artist!
killer vocals and harmonies, guitar sounds incredible, great instrumentation......
PRIMERA LUZ
Love the instrumental break.
Gorgeous through and through. The vocals are INCREDIBLE, the instrumentation, playing and arrangement are EXCEPTIONAL. This is SO good i can't find word for it. KEEP GOING, the world NEEDS MORE OFYOUR INCREDIBLY AESTHETIC and INSPIRING MUSIC!!! This is truly inspiring music. My hat is off to you. What a production!
very nice song and great production quality
Musical concept is good.
Excellent ambience and beautiful bass harmonics at the beginning. Vocals are smooth and very strong. Very nice arrangement with a lot of interesting change ups. The violin textures are pretty.
Very nice voice, good instrumentation and arrangement
great tune, great arrangement. Great Job!
Really interesting to listen to with lots of surprises in the arrangement. Gorgeous vocals. Well-recorded and produced.
Excellent instrumental textures that create a wonderful feeling of floating through time and space. This is a beautiful recording and the singer has a very lovely voice.....
QUEDARÁ
cafe del mar
Nice piano work. Nice emotion from the vocalist.
Loved this song. Phenomenal vocals and arrangement. Has a nice Jazz influence in the song that I liked. I think could go Latin category or Jazz.
Guys you are an incredible group!! What Vocals !!!!
I knew it would happen. A song written in Spanglish. Yes my native tongue of NY. Very strange hearing it in a song though. I've noticed that about a few other artist's lately. Heard it first in the 1930's as a resurgence of of latino's trying to cash in on the craze. Here it comes again. The recording was done beautifully. Sparkling hi's, soothing midranges, and sultry basses. The EQ was definitely set at "Awe Inspiring". Startling was the female lead.
Some amazing music!!!!! one of the best I have ever heard on this site for latin genre. Great Vocals, very nice piano work, what else can I say? Keep up the great work
This is a beautiful song. Piano sounds rich and lush.Vocal is fantastic.Me hablo espanol...muy poquito
beautiful voice..great pianist...I love it.
Great mix of Jazz and Latin sounds coupled with supern vocals make a combination that is both interesting and highly listenable - great stuff! If you have an e-mai list add me to it!
Good feel in the song, nice vocal track. Nice piano work
Hola Francesca, soy yo Laura Fuentes... por casualidad me tocó revisar tu canción. Pero qué te voy a decir que no te haya dicho ya? Está hermosa.
Good vocals. Nice piano in the background......
SCAREBADTHINGS
I like the rythm, it sounds like Ruben Blades' Tiempos album mixed with some Santana... The vocals are very strong, and the mixing of spanish and english is cool
very good
strong vocal is rich and sweet. great arrangement all around. piano mysteriously draws the imagination into familliar roots of musical nurishing. sweeet.
I THOUHHT I HEARD ....SANTANA ..LOVE THAT GUITAIR & VOCALS
great job! I loved the singer and the instruments. very intricate rythymically. Professional level high quality all around!
Good song. I like the bi-ligual approach to the song.
very carlos satana!!
quite like this song, nicely original sounding piece, much better than the previous two, like the switch between english and spanish
Beautiful vocals, great playing and a nice emotional performance. Tasty.....
TO THE SHORE OF THE SEA
Nice vocals and background music, lots of potential !!!
Good latin Flavor overall to song,dancable
Nice originaly song that is nicely arranged. Good instrumentation and recording quality.
Very good. I think salsa Miami night! Very good vibe! G'
Smooth and tight song. Interesting textures.
Beautiful vocals. Band is perfect for the style presented by the vocalist. Wow - I throughly enjoyed this song. Beautiful lyricism too - the chorus is very poetic. 15 out of 10
What a cool development! Very rich unique Jazz/Flamenco/Pop/Gypsy voyage. Possibly very sought after in the right niche. Great music writing. Great arranging. Masterful & dramatic. Strong vocals too.

Iñigo Díaz

This album integrates to those who always lives in other latitudes but under the
Perhaps this one is one of the last moments at which it is possible to be listened Francesca Ancarola in the sonorous dimension that was known her mainly from the times "Que el canto tiene Sentido" ("Which the song has sense"-1999) and with their "Jardines Humanos" ("Human Gardens"-2002). At least one season ago she it chose to stop the march impelled by very racially mixed electrical bands able to do of the "fusión latinoamericana" a modern and consistent musical concept. Who listen Francesca Ancarola today they will be able to appreciate that behind her it is an acoustic trio of jazz players, enough to change the appearance of her music and beginning to write new pages. Then Sons of the same sun, the fourth album of her discography, comes being something as well as an epilogue written in golden letters. The single fact to publish through a foreign label after going the life writing up projects for Fondart, has extra value. In Sons of the same sun the swing between two languages is much more that simple "spanglish" well constructed. In this disc, pertaining to the catalogue of Petroglyph Record, Francesca Ancarola it puts some of its good songs, it rearranges them and it transfers some lines into the English as a form also to integrate to those who always lives in other latitudes but under the same sun. There is a powerful "Scarebadthings" ("Espantamales"), with afroperuanos rates like drop curtain of bottom and its verses that suddenly seem obvious and they are not it as much ("there a lot to lo/ if your heart is not open”). Or very pop "To the Shore of the sea", in front subsequent and jazzy "Hotel room" ("Cuarto de hotel") that he could approach Ancarola to which today is making Claudia Acuña in New York. Between all these experiments of crossing of languages and an open invitation to foreign solistas with other musical codes, Ancarola maintains its devotion by the sonorous world intact that beats in the subcontinent. It continues tracking in her small melódicas lines or simple combinations of two agreed ones to make fresh and very respectful songs of the Latin-Americanist tradition. Sons of the same sun is the last opportunity - by now listening Ancarola in these terms. What comes, for sure in another plan.

CD Baby


With the lilting elegance of Sting and the sensuous, emotional curl of Sade, she wraps her arms around the voluptuous curves of R&B and speaks with the cozy harmonic language of jazz. Like digging her fingers into a warm, red clay, she guides and shapes the direction of these pulsing compositions with her from-the-gut voice that bursts upward from deep within the textures of the music, sending the accompanying lines into a swirl. Never has jazz fusion or Latin jazz ever felt so organic, been so close to the archetypal energy that sets the world in motion.

Onre Nobles

These are really good and relaxing songs
Your material relaxes the soul as it will take you to exotic places which are never ending.

Jaime Ceruti M. - a humble Chilean fan.

Imagine a Norah jones - Sade blend, add a subtle and elegant latin touch...voilá
Great sound quality, incredible vocal technical skills, and some very rhythmically Chilean 6/8 tempo songs. In Francesca, the softness of Sade is magically blended with some of the sweetness and peaceful tempos and ambiances accomplished by Norah Jones, some of which are sprinkled with wonderful latin percussion and flavours. Too bad artist´s do not have shares of stock to buy, for this would be the time to buy Francesca´s, before they skyrocket, as I expect they will.