Debut Album Out Now!
Raised on opposite sides of the Atlantic, these two artists have combined their talents to compose Lost Myself. This musical voyage blends New-York’s hard-bop aesthetics and reggae-inspired elements, with modern jazz, for a fresh spin on classics and original compositions.
Vocalist Shola Adisa-Farrar, a native of Oakland, was born into a family of artists and intellectuals. Shola began singing at the age of eight, influenced by her Jamaican upbringing and the soul and jazz classics that played in her home. At a young age, Shola garnered attention for her distinct raspy voice, which enabled her to perform a variety of musical styles. After living in New-York for 8 years, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music, she is now a true resident in Paris. Shola spends her time travelling to perform and develop her musical style. This album is her explorations into Jazz.
Florian Pellissier, Parisian pianist and composer, is known for the authenticity and hard-bop style he brings to his music. A graduate of The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, Florian has spearheaded his own quintet along with the release of two successful albums: Le diable et son train (2012), and Biches Bleues (2014). Florian has also contributed his musical talent to jazz and funk projects such as Setenta, Camarao Orkestra, Chevere Que Son, Cotonete and GUTS.
During Shola’s year-long residence as a performer for Le Reservoir’s Sunday Jazz brunch,Hot Casa Records’ DJ Duo introduced Shola to Florian, sensing they would musically complement each other. In July 2013, their collaboration began, bonding over their love of jazz autobiographies, swapping music, and improvising together, a studio collaboration was born in the hidden basement of Colorblind Studio on Paris' Left Bank.
The result is ten spiritually-tinged jazz tracks recorded live on analog equipment to maintain the traditional quality, from sultry introspections to rhythmic compositions, grounded in intense emotion. Included are jazz classics such as “Feeling Good” and “I Have a Dream”, a tribute to the music of Herbie Hancock, who has influenced Florian since his formative years in New York, to which Shola penned lyrics.
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Shola Adisa - Farrar performs 3 songs accompanied by the Florian Pellissier Quintet.
Friday May 13th at 22h
Vivacious Shola Adisa-Farrar hails from Oakland, California. A trained Singer and Actress, Shola studied at Fordham University (New York, NY), where she earned a Bachelors of Arts degree in Music, The American Conservatory Theatre (San Francisco, CA), Black Repertory Theatre of Berkeley and with Master teachers Jacklyn Schnieder, Phillip George, Caroline Thomas and Tony-nominee Emily Skinner, to name a few. Shola's entertainment portfolio stretches the gambit from independent film, television, voice-overs and dance. Shola has performed in the US, France, Jamaica, Botswana, Mauritius and in Burkina Faso. An established resident in both New York City and Paris, Shola spends the majority of her time in the French capital where she performs regularly, and creates music that draws upon many musical genres including her Jamaican roots and the influence of Jazz and Soul in her upbringing. Shola's debut album, Lost Myself, with the Florian Pellissier Quintet was released April 15, 2016 on Hot Casa Records.