- Artist: Ofelia del Rosal
- Format: CD
- Release Date:12/4/2007
OFELIA DEL ROSAL March 9th, 1966. Venezuelan vocalist whose music and vocal studies have been carried out by teachers Lina Brando, Humberto Diez, César Muñoz and Pedro Salas in Caracas. He also took 'Master Classes' with David Collyer Sorrin in New York, teacher of Liza Minelli and Tony Bennet, and Madrid, with Helena Vallalta of the High School of Singing. These have been combined, uninterruptedly, with the recording of jingles for over 18 years. Member of The Recording Academy, she has shared stage with artists of the stature of Leny Andrade (the "Lady of Brazilian Jazz") and Mercedes Sosa. On the national stage with renowned artists such as Aldemaro Romero, Simón Díaz, Rafael 'El Pollo' Brito, Aquiles Báez, Huáscar Barradas, Alfredo Naranjo, Rafa Galindo, Anibal Abreu, Maria Rivas, Biella Da Costa, Pedrito López, Ma. Teresa Chacin, Luz Marina, The Quartet, Alexis Cardenas, Guillermo Carrasco, Henry Martinez, Gerry Weil, Luis Julio Toro, Cheo Hurtado, Orquesta Sinfónica Municipal de Caracas, Orquesta Sinfónica Gran Mariscal de Ayacucho, among many others. She has been devoted to the production of tributes to the most Venezuelans composers. Was nominated for The National Artist Award in 2000 as 'Best New Artist Revelation' for her first album "Brasil en blanco y negro". She continued her work with "Aldemareando", songs from the greatest Aldemaro Romero, for whom she was one of his favorite singers. He also had the kindness to print for this record the following words: '... Because it has already been said, there are musicians singers or just singers. Ofelia is the first, is her original condition, because that special talent derives her enviable romantic-jazz phrasing, that special mark which distinguishes her from the pile...' "Aldemareando" included participations of the Maestro Romero, Gurrufío Ensemble, Simón Díaz (Grammy winner 2008), Ilan Chester and Otmaro Ruiz. Actually, she´s one of the responsibles for the Venezuelan Aldemaro Romero Foundation, besides his widow, and for which recently produced the series of concerts 'Aldemaro always Aldemaro!' at the prestigious hall Corpbanca and the Aula Magna with the most relevant country artists. His third album, "Vino Tinto", dedicated to the composer Henry Martinez, creator of emblematic themes as 'Your Return' which was recorded with Guillermo Carrasco. It's concert was also in Corpbanca next to The Orquesta Sinfónica Municipal de Caracas, conducted by Rodolfo Saglimbeni. In her fourth production of the 2006 "Simón Díaz Universal", she made a tribute to one of the most popular and recognized Venezuelan composers: Simón Díaz, which songs had arranged whit sounds like world music and rhythmic flavors of latin genders like bachata, bossa-nova, Latin jazz, tango and bolero. In this opportunity she could convoke artists at the level of Chano Dominguez (one of the most important flamenco-jazz representatives of the world), Alberto Naranjo, Charlie Frómeta, Aquiles Báez, Otmaro Ruiz, Huascar Barradas, Alfredo Naranjo and Alexis Cárdenas among others. Regarding this production, one of the most accredited journalists, César Miguel Rondón, commented: 'Hearing the CD, I could just get one conclusion: it is the most heartfelt tribute of our finest musicians, to the most important composers of our country. Ofelia del Rosal is the magic link. The album is beautiful ... a real gem! ' Her production of 2007, Flor de Mayo, was a tribute to Otilio Galindez. This time, by the musical production of Aquiles Báez and special guests like The Quartet, Rafael 'Pollo' Brito and C4 Trio. It's concert was placed at the Trasnocho Theater in January 2008 with total success. This CD was Nominated as "Best Album of Center and South América" for the JUST PLAIN FOLKS MUSIC ORGANITATION AWARDS 2009, Nashville, USA. In 2009, 20 years after the physical disappearance of the great Billo Frómeta, Ofelia prepared another innovative tribute to this great musician, who was not born in Venezuela but who´s Venezuelan from our hearts. He devoted almost his entire life to give fun, music and joy to the festive nights of Caracas since 60s, 70s and 80s and even today remains in effect. Although the Dominican merengue, the guaracha, the paso doble and their unique mosaics were the most part of his repertoire, in the research for this musical work Ofelia found some of his unknown original boleros, between other of his very famous ones, that have been included in this production, arranged by the extraordinary musician Gustavo Carucí around the genders of bolero, Caribbean, jazz, Cuban and other Latin ways that give title to this album: BILL'AZZ. For this work, she counted on the great 'Caballero de la Salsa' Gilberto Santa Rosa. Also on one of the most emblematic singers during four different decades of the Billo's Caracas Boys Orchestra: Rafa Galindo; and the fabulous tenor Alfredo Sadel through a live recording next to the Venezuelan Symphonic Orchestra at the Teresa Carreño Theater of the theme for him immortalized just after Billo died: "Song without title". Now is recording about the Venezuelan composer Luis Laguna next to Aquiles Báez. 2010.
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