Tania Cordobés

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The Dallas Morning News


Must-see shows by Texas artists for Aug. 20 - 26

 

01:08 PM CDT on Wednesday, August 18, 2010

 

By MARIO TARRADELL/The Dallas Morning News
mtarradell@dallasnews.com

 

Most of us look at containers and jars merely as storage vessels. We've all got several of them in our kitchens. But for Dallas' Tania Cordobés, they "represent the idea that songs, art, music, and dance are containers for feelings and experiences," she writes in the liner notes of her new CD, aptly titled Containers and Jars.

Cordobés, who sings and plays piano and acoustic guitar on her latest disc, takes a deeper, meditative approach to making music. That stems from her educational background, particularly her master's degree in music therapy from Southern Methodist University. She writes songs to brighten the soul and move the emotions, such as uplifting little gems "Seguiré," "Cantico Santo," "Miracle," "Eternidad" and "Dreams." Cordobés' sound is most eclectic. It is acoustic-based, melodic, percussive, with plenty of syncopated rhythms (a nod to her Cuban-American heritage), and it combines elements of flamenco, bossa nova and samba.

There's a warm, homegrown, textured feel to Containers and Jars. Recorded at Cabeza Productions in Dallas, and featuring violinist Mariela Suarez and percussionist Ivan Martinez, both of local salsa orchestra Havana NRG, the disc sounds like the work of a bilingual, multicultural folkie.

Containers and Jars is only Cordobés' second CD under her name. In 1995, a fresh-faced Cordobés released two albums, one bearing her moniker called Looking Back, Thinking Ahead and another self-titled under the Surf Salsa banner. The idea behind Surf Salsa, her band at the time, was to merge the authentic stylings of Cuban and Mexican music with slices of Americana that paid homage to her Texas upbringing. It was a refreshing effort, not unlike Containers and Jars .

Friday at 7:30 at Cafe Málaga, 107 S. Church St., McKinney. Free admission. 972-542-9996. Also, Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Grove at the Village at Allen, 190 E. Stacy Road, Suite 1408, Allen. Free admission. www.thevillage shopping.com/events/Groovin__The_Grove.

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"Wonderful journey of honest emotion.  I really love tania's work. She has such ease in her delivery when singing about those delicate moments of heartbreak and falling in love again. Great CD!"    

Bryan Clark, American singer-songwriter

 

"Lo que tu haces es bellisimo, hermoso escribiendo estas canciones, tan alegres, y lo haces con muchisimo talento.  En realidad con tanto talento, y belleza en tu musica"

Con todo carino, Luli sanchez de Flood.

 

"You sound like a Cuban Natalie Merchant at times. Amazing supple songs with the Cuban fun mixed in."

Pete Bixby, American Singer/Songwriter

 

"GREAT great vibe everytime Tania and band play - you can take anyone, anytime to check out the smooth Cuban grooves and relaxing vibe! "   

Singer-Songwriter-Musician Glenn Feehan

 

"This CD is a must buy for any music lover!!"

"The first time I ever listened to this CD - Tania's voice struck me as one of the most haunting and beautiful things I have ever heard! It's hard to decide which is better her voice or the songwriting - I give them both 5 stars!! Listen to Ghost Kisses as soon as possible - you'll never forget it!!"    Lee

 

"I think Tania Cordobés’ music reaches out not only to different cultures but even generations.  Simply stated, it is beautiful music for both mind and soul. " Randy Rekerdres


 "Music that is food for the soul. The kind of music that makes your feet want to dance! ¡Extraordinariarnente Fascinante!"

Victoria De Anda, Channel 52 -KFWD-TV Fort Worth/Dallas, Telemundo, Creative Services Director.

 

"Tania is a class act, talented, and very personable! Her presence and spirit live within her music, through songwriting-lyrics-passion in her voice-and the talented band that all mesh together with a natural chemistry!"

 

"...pleasant moments ... emotionally involving fusion..."

Option Magazine

 

"Musica muy fina, con clase, la recomiendo para ser tocada en la radio."

Agustin Tovar, Revista Antenna Magazine

 

"For me it's the best song [El Mandador] of the album. I've been playing it since I got the first promotional CD. Good Luck. Best Wishes."
Fernando De Valle , Program Director, KEXT-Albuquerque

 

"Me gusto mucho su musica el cual sera incluido en la programacion." Julio Delgadillo, Director de Programacion en espanol, KUGR, Green River and Rock Springs, Wyoming

 

 

elWatusi

 "a beautiful Cuban-American pop fusion release by TANIA CORDOBÉS"