Flutist COLETTE MICHAAN has always lived in the heart of New York City, where she was born and raised, but many cultures inform her adventurous, spirited, and melodic music. Throughout her extensive travels in Africa, Asia, South America, and the Caribbean, she has collaborated with musicians from around the globe.
On EARTH REBIRTH Colette is joined by four Grammy recipients and a thrilling rhythm section that includes pianist-keyboardist Leo Genovese, bassist John Benitez, timbalero Luisito Quintero, conguero Yusnier Sanchez Bustamente, and guest vocalist Mireya Ramos.
The colorful recording begins with “Earth Rebirth,” a group improvisation (descarga) that conveys the feeling of a new earth awakening.
“Campina” is an exhilarating version of Orlando’s “Maraca” Valle’s Cuban classic, and features vocalist Mireya Ramos, followed by Colette’s brilliant and easygoing interpretation of “El Raton,” a massive hit for Cheo Feliciano and Nick Jimenez.
“Ni Contigo Ni Sin Ti” celebratory sound and spirit features an intriguing “conversation” between Colette and pianist Leo Genovese.
The ensemble’s interpretation of Charles Mingus’ “Reincarnation of a Lovebird” and Abbey Lincoln’s “Throw it Away” is energized and elevated by Latin rhythms and Colette’s inventive approach to the classic jazz compositions.
“Earth Rebirth” will be released Creatrix Music and will be available on all digital platforms on October 15, 2023, followed by a CD Release Party at Teatro Latea in lower Manhattan on November 4.
Colette Michaan’s past recordings include: “First Cause” (2004), “Querencia” (2010), “Incarnate/Encarna” (2014), and “Heaven & Earth” (2017). The recordings showcase Colette’s singular style and mastery of her instrument.