News Latin 27/10/2014

Linda Briceno - 25 Years Old Trumpet Player, Singer, Big Band Director And Composer - Two-time Latin Grammy Nominee

Linda Briceno - 25 Years Old Trumpet Player, Singer, Big Band Director And Composer - Two-time Latin Grammy Nominee

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LOS ANGELES (Top40 Charts/ The Connection Hall) Venezuelan musical prodigy, Linda Briceño, recently received two Latin Grammy nominations with her debut album TIEMPO; she is nominated in the Best New Artist and Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album categories. At only 25, Linda already owns an impressive list of achievements that would normally take any artist many years to accomplish: trumpet player, singer, Big Band Director and composer. Renowned musician and Jazz at Lincoln Center Musical Director, Wynton Marsalis expresses his awe on Linda when he says: " She possesses an excellent awareness of time, rhythm and a great sound, but above all she has a deep understanding of musical concepts and ideas. There is a weight in her sound, weight, weight. This you either have it or you don't and it is very unusual for such a young person to have it the way she does".

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In 2012 the World Economic Forum embraces Linda as a Young Global Shaper in recognition of her efforts as a musician and entrepreneur in developing empowerment strategies for young artists, especially musicians, to assert their rights as creative individuals and also as a collective in Latin America.

At 10 years of age, Linda participated in her first musical studio production titled "Tocando Tierra". In it, she shared the studio with the likes of: Alex Acuña, Paquito D'Rivera, Armando Manzanero, Bela Fleck, Don Grusin, Abraham Laboriel, Ary Barroso, Pedro Esutache and Roger Nichols among others, she being the youngest artist in the recording.

In 2010 and 2011 she was invited several times to perform as a soloist with the Miami Symphony Orchestra and the Simón Bolívar Orchestra. In 2012, she made a special guest appearance with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra under the direction of Wynton Marsalis, thus becoming the first Venezuela woman to perform with this famous orchestra. Linda founded, together with her father (who is also a jazz musician and director), the "Simón Bolívar Big Band" which has toured the United States and has become one of the leading youth jazz ensembles in the world.

Additionally, she has become the youngest teacher and musical director at the "Simón
Bolívar's Conservatory" in Caracas, responsibilities which she shares with a busy schedule as a private trumpet instructor. In 2013 she perform for THE GRAN PRIX FORMULA 1 for the Kingdom oh Bahrain as a Soloist. Briceño is currently in New York attending the New School of Music where she earned a special scholarship.

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