Cecilia Zabala is a rising star on the world music scene, a celebrated guitarist, vocalist and composer, with 10 CDs and 15+ years of international touring and recording experience. Born in 1975, she began playing guitar at the age of 6, went on to obtain conservatory training on voice and guitar, ultimately studying under the mentorship of the legendary Brazilian guitarist and composer Baden Powell, one of the leading innovators of the Bossa Nova era of the 1950s & '60s.
Cecilia Zabala has been an active participant in the musical life of Buenos Aires,
having just been awarded one of the most prestigious awards in 2019, 1st place, Jazz/Melodic, from the Argentinian Ministry of Culture. Her music fully integrates a mastery of classical guitar technique with the folkloric music of her native Argentina, in addition to the culturally related traditions of the Nueva Cancion music that spread throughout Latin America during the tumult of the 1960s and 70s, and the more broadly eclectic musical trends of Brazil that have come to be known under the umbrella of Musica Popular Brasileira (MPB).
As a singer/songwriter, Zabala combines elements of jazz and global folkloric music, in a unique synthesis that bridges so many styles and genres that it can fairly be described as "sui generis," or without comparison. At the very least, one can say that her music is "highly singular." The best way to describe it, in fact, is not to describe it at all, but to let it speak for itself. In that regard, a visit to Zabala's YouTube channel, where one will find a treasure trove of her live performances, is worth more than 1,000 words spent trying to describe her music. https://www.youtube.com/user/zabalaceci/videos
For her July 13 performance at The Riverwalk, Zabala will be joined by her current VT/NH based trio, multi-instrumental reed and flute player Don Davis (Microscopic Setptet) of Manchester NH, and Vermont Jazz Center director, pianist and composer Eugene Uman of Brattleboro VT.