Charismatic Colombian Artist Iaki Vallejo Releases Self-Titled Debut Album
Iaki Vallejo releases her debut self-titled album on July 7, and will be celebrating with a launch at the iconic Bennett’s Lane Jazz Club, in Melbourne’s CBD. The album is a celebration of everyday life in Colombia and Melbourne, and was written in both countries. It combines Latin American flavour, beats, and storytelling with a universal appeal.Iaki Vallejo has had a colourful musical history, performing globally at festivals around the world. Originally from Colombia but spending a decade in Italy, and time in Spain performing with Internationally renowned musicians has meant that her debut self-titled album combines world music from many regions, but with a distinct South-American flavour and excitement.
Iaki is a seasoned and professional performer, artist and songwriter, who has an album that combines so styles and musical themes seamlessly. Born between the sound of drums, chants, dances and vinyl records in Colombia, Iaki grew up in a neighbourhood where loud music was playing at all times. Her family members were musical, instilling a style and rythym on Iaki that is evident in her music with
pulsating and driving drum beats, strong vocals and Afro-Jazz undertones.
” This album reflects my story. My dreams, hopes, and songs about my daily life. ‘Margarita’ was written about my mother – one of the biggest inspirations in my life”.
Charisma and power are key words to describe Iaki’s stage presence and performance. Her strong energy and
voice combined with her sensual dancing are sure to get everyone dancing and engaged with her music. Taken from her Afro-Colombian roots, musical traditions of cumbia, chande, bullerengue, funk and jazz are interwoven to create Iaki’s original sound.
Iaki’s ten piece band is comprised of musicians from Australia, Cuba, Chile, Italy, Peru and Colombia. Director and pianist Daniel Mougerman exudes youth and enthusiasm as he directs the talented collection of esteemed musicians including Miles Izzo on trumpet, Paul Van Ross on saxophone and flute, Ash Richter on trombone, Carlo Dellepiane on bass, Jethro Negron on drums, Cristian Saavedra on Latin Percussion and Zoila Alvarez Padilla and Guadalupe Alvarez Padilla on backing vocals. This ten piece musical extravaganza will hit the stage with Iaki at the iconic Bennett’s Lane in Melbourne’s CBD on July 7th to launch the album.
IAKI VALLEJO BIO
Iaki Vallejo was born between the sound of drums, chants, dances and vinyl records in Colombia. It was common in her hood that all neighbours listened to very loud music everyday. That turned into “music battles” between the families, where the winner was the one who had the biggest and best stereo and tuned the greatest hits of the time. Lulled to sleep every night with the street’s music was very common.
At home, a house filled with songs, each family member loved its own music style, rhythms that in many ways influenced Iaki’s artistic career since its inception at the age of four. Iaki was 14 when she started performing in restaurants, hotels, festivals and private parties in her city. years later she took an undergraduate degree in music and performing and moved to the capital, Bogota where she worked as a studio backup singer and later as the lead singer of her first music project and recorded her first album titleled “Añoranzas”.
After some years, Iaki felt she needed to learn more and expand her career path. She had the opportunity to travel to Spain were she worked with Latin bands and performed in many music festivals around Cataluña. A year later she moved to Italy, place she called home for a decade. During this time she had the opportunity to work with renowned artists from around the world and her music tastes and influences expanded. She performed in big festivals like “fiesta en Roma 2004”, festival Contrapunto 2005, Latin Festival 2005, and in important events such as Miss Italy 2006 Calabria and many others summer festivals.
Iaki is living in Australia, where she feels her music has been enriched and she has finally found the best way to express her feelings. In Melbourne she has performed in many events such as: The chilean Festival 2013 and 2015, Argentinian NYE 2013, Mordialloc Festival 2014, Globe to Globe Festival 2013, Copacabana International latin festival 2014, Ormond Hall Latin Festival 2014 and 2015, Whittlesea Music Festival 2015.
She is currently working in her own and most important project of her career, next to the world’s most innovative Master drummer David Jones, as a Co-producer and musician, and the famous Colombian arranger and producer Cristian Villota, where for the first time her own songs are included alongside traditional Afro-Colombian songs.
Such is iaki vallejo : rich in its inheritance of tradition and its embrace of modernity, alive with the spirit of a true innovator, bursting with expressiveness.