Critically acclaimed pianist and composer Carolina Calvache articulates spontaneous ideas as skillfully as she composes. The Colombia native’s appetite for harmonic exploration across a range of musical styles has prompted collaborations with such pioneering voices as Jaleel Shaw, Michael Rodriguez, David Binney, Hans Glawischnig, Johnathan Blake, Claudia Acuña, Marta Gomez, Juan Andrés Ospina, Achilles Liarmakopoulos (Canadian Brass), Samuel Torres and Camila Meza, who sung at Carolina’s single “La Ultima Vez,” that won Best Love Song at the Independent Music Awards. Her composition Trombonsillo, which appears on Liarmakopoulos’ 2017 released Ethereal, has emerged as a modern standard for trombone, enjoyed live worldwide.
The New York-based artist-composer has headlined such institutional venues as The Kennedy Center, Dizzy’s Club Coca-cola and The Jazz Gallery. Her touring projects comprise Carolina Calvache Quartet and Poems & Strings. She has toured internationally and regularly receives invitations to appear at iconic festivals, including Denton Arts Jazz Fest, Crested Butte Music Festival and Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival. Calvache receives frequent commissions to render master-level projects which have included pieces “Transitions” and “Encuentros” for world premiere at the Trombone International Festival. Currently, she’s composing new music for brass solo instruments commissioned by musicians from the the Munich Philharmonic and Orquesta Sinfónica de Colombia.
Following her widely praised debut release Sotareño (Sunnyside, 2014), Calvache unleashes the resonating extent of her talent as a composer, orchestrator and songwriter on her sophomore album Vida Profunda, set for release in 2020. Engaging a range of guest artists, Calvache stretches her own mastery as a player and leader across 10 original tracks. Calvache holds a Master of Arts from University of North Texas and currently enjoys a faculty lecturer position at LaGuardia College.