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 News Jazz 11/04/2013

Wonderfully Unexpected, Uplifting Album By Quattro Defies Easy Labels

Wonderfully Unexpected, Uplifting Album By Quattro Defies Easy Labels

New York, NY (Top40 Charts/ Quattro official website) It's not a Classical project. It's not a Latin Pop project. It's not a Contemporary Jazz project. It's all of the above and not exactly one of those, simultaneously. Is it an instrumental group? Are there vocals? English? Spanish?

Check Out the Joyful 'Popzzical' on April 24th for All the Answers!
Every once in a while, a worthy group comes along that defies easy labels and categorization - it doesn't fit into a preconceived 'box', and so it slips through the cracks. Quattro is collection of artists who deserve a closer look and listen - their A-typical CD 'Popzzical' is not a Classical project. It's not a Latin Pop project. It's not a Contemporary Jazz project. It's all of the above and not exactly any one of those, simultaneously. Yes, their joyful April 24th release contains instrumental tracks. But it also includes wonderfully uplifting vocal songs, in both English and Spanish. It's the kind of 'full-of-surprises' project that can bring a smile to your face and make you appreciate a fresh approach to genre-bending music, delivered by a foursome of brilliant young artists.

Take everything you know about Classical, Latin Pop and Contemporary Jazz, and then listen to the track 'Good Day', followed by 'Silky', and 'Obsesion', you'll see why Quattro is described as hip and innovative group.

Quattro music is composed and/or arranged by group members Giovanna Clayton, cello and vocals; Jorge Villanueva, percussion and vocals; Lisa Dondlinger, violin and vocals and Kay-Ta Matsuno, guitar and vocals. Their April 24th CD release will be accompanied by a StageIt concert that same day, and followed by a U.S. tour.

Here's a clip of the band's unique take on the holiday classic 'Carol of the Bells':

Many people feel that the live concert experience is where Quattro is best appreciated, so keep an eye out for these upcoming performances:

Upcoming appearances:
April 23rd Record Release Celebration at Pour Vous, Los Angeles
April 24th - StageIt concert - CD release
May 19th Ronald Reagan Library, Simi Valley May19th Fundraiser for New West Symphony
May 24th - concert tba
May 31st Bellavino Wine Bar, Thousand Oaks, CA
July 14 Festival of the Arts, Laguna Beach
July 19th Heritage Square, Oxnard, CA
July 28th Festival of the Arts, Laguna Beach
August 23rd Festival of the Arts, Laguna Beach
August 31 New West Symphony event sponsored by the City of Westlake Village
Sept 15th New West Symphony event sponsored by the City of Calabasas
About the Artists:
Giovanna Moraga Clayton was destined to have a life and career as a musician. The daughter of professional musicians, she attributes her unique style to her upbringing in a multi-cultural household where she was influenced by a wide variety of music spanning from Celia Cruz to Carole King to Tchaikovsky. Giovanna currently holds positions with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and the New West Symphony as well as being an in demand cellist in the Los Angeles recording scene having recorded on hundreds of film scores, soundtracks, tv shows and records. Her TV credits include the Oscars, Grammy's, Billboard Awards, AMA's, Soul Train Awards, American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, The Tonight Show, Oprah and Jimmy Kimmel. Vocal credits include Alice Cooper Dragontown, Lifetime television and Disney channel voice overs.

Lisa Dondlinger has quickly become one of the most versatile young violinists in the music industry today. She has performed and recorded with top artists ranging from Christina Aguilera to Luciano Pavarotti, and plays in the house band for television shows such as American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, The Tonight Show and many others. Lisa has been honored to play on many award shows including The GRAMMYS and the Academy Awards and is active in the film industry, playing on scores such as the Academy Award winning Life of Pi. She is currently performing with Celine Dion in her latest production: Celine.

Kay-Ta Matsuno was born in Osaka, Japan, and moved to Boston, MA to study at Berklee College of Music when he was 20. The broad capacity of his playing style (from Gospel, R&B, country, jazz, and rock) helped him to start his career as a session guitarist in Los Angeles. His list of credits includes:David Foster, Baby Face, Natalie Cole, Keiko Matsui, Lalah Hathaway, Amerie, Chante Moore, Jackiem Joyner, Daniel Bedingfield, Malcolm Jamal Warner, Steve Porcaro, Virgil Donatti, Tony Macalpine, Jody Watley, Amber Riley (from Glee) Bob Mintzer (from Yellow Jackets), he also co-wrote australian Pop star Cody Simpsons new single "Be The One".

Jorge Villanueva has won over audiences with his captivating
style and unique combination of percussion instruments - Born in Tijuana, Mexico, Jorge's current engagements include touring with various artists such as Beth Hirsh of "Air", Diego Amador, Alex Acuña, Abraham Laboriel, Israel Varela, Debi Nova and Solange Knowles. He worked on the soundtrack for the movie "One Last Score" with director/actor Matthew Modine and also the Dance film "Go For It". He performed as a drummer in several latino shows of TV Azteca, Univision and LA TV, playing with top latino artists including Christian Castro and Alexander Pires. Jorge is co-owner of Elefekto Music, film and tv scoring company.

Quattro 2012 Highlights:
Opened for legendary 8 time Grammy Award winning artist Jose Feliciano
Named the official artist for the Heineken House of Music at the 2012 Latin Grammy Awards
Quattro made their international debut as the headliner of a two week tour for the
2012 Credomatic Music Festival in Costa Rica.
Opened for Louisiana Hall of Fame Artist Tab Benoit
Raised funds for Children's Heart Foundation with Eric Trump at Trump National Golf Club in Palos Verdes

Individually the young and talented musicians of QUATTRO have established an impressive presence in the recording and live performance industries. Below are a few of their credits as individual artists:

Television: American Idol, Dancing With The Stars, The GRAMMY Awards, The Academy Awards, The American Music Awards, The People's Choice Awards, The Tonight Show, Lost, Off the Map, Person of Interest

Recording Artists: The Black Eye Peas, Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, Michael Jackson, Andrea Bocelli, Celine Dion, Barbara Streisand, Mariah Carey, Luciano Pavarotti, Yo - Yo Ma, John Williams, Pinchas Zucherman, Rod Stewart, Blake Shelton, Beyonce

Film: Life of Pi, Monsters Inc., Up in the Air, Cars 2, Hancock, Spiderman, Rush Hour, Mission Impossible MI4, Miracle at St. Anna, The Pursuit of Happiness, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Wall-E, X-Men 2, Sex in the City 2, Ice Age

Booking: I AM Music Group, Kevin Clayton,

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