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Prisca and Marieva Dávila succeed in Pepsi Music Awards 2018

September 28, 2018 Diario Ultimas Noticias, Venezuela

The sisters Prisca and Marieva Dávila continue to reap successes thanks to their album Travesía, and this time they won the Pepsi Music award in the category “Best classical song”, corresponding to their four-hand piano version of “El día que me quieras” . Both expressed their joy and congratulated the Pepsi Music Academy for supporting and promoting music made in Venezuela. 2018 has been a profitable year for the sisters, recently they have come to tour three cities in Canada: Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa, where they received the highest praise.

The duo had already won the Pepsi Music Award in 2015, when they won “Best Classical Music Album” for Un Piano, two sisters. “I feel very happy, honored and grateful to the Academy for receiving this award that motivates us to continue making good music. Before so much darkness we have to give more and more light so music and music for the soul, “said Prisca who attended the delivery ceremony.

For her part, Marieva, from Toronto, Canada, where she currently resides, said: “I celebrate this recognition and I celebrate even more that in these times they continue to produce and recognize within Venezuela the great musical talent that exists, which is broad and beautiful.”

The sisters also congratulated the Pepsi Music Academy for supporting and recognizing the efforts of those who make music in Venezuela. “We thank our team, our family, our allies and especially our audience for the success of our album Travesía, with which we have several projects and pending activities in the near future,” they said.

Travesía was launched in 2017 and both sisters participate as pianists and singers. The album features songs composed by both artists, as well as Latin American songbook classics, including “El día que me quieras” (Argentina), which won the Pepsi Music awards. The repertoire of this production has been promoted in concerts in some cities of Venezuela, as well as in the most recent international tour of Canada.

Prisca and Marieva Dávila take their “One Piano, Two Sisters” project to Canada

The pianists and composers will give a concert together in the cities of Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto  featuring selected compositions from their discography.

Press Realese

The music of outstanding Venezuelan pianist, singer-songwriter Prisca Dávila consolidates more and more within the fusion of jazz and traditional Venezuelan music, turning it into one of the prominent cultural patrimonies of the nation. Marieva, her sister, hasn’t lagged. She has developed a style of her own as pianist and composer as well but with a more cinematographic and descriptive tendency. Both have merged their talents successfully. The result can be listened in their two acclaimed albums Un Piano, dos hermanas (2014) and their latest outing Travesía- Canciones Latinoamericana (2017).

Prisca and Marieva now face a new challenge as cultural ambassadors by taking their music project, One Piano, Two Sisters to Canadian territory. Their concert will be on Friday, June 8th at 7:30 pm during the LulaWorld Festival that takes place in the city of Toronto. Later on, they will be giving concert on Sunday, June 17th 6:00 pm at Bocadillo Bistro in the city of Montreal, and finally they will be giving concert on June 24th at 3:00 pm at the Ottawa Pérez Hall, Room 121 in the city of Ottawa. They will join their singing, piano playing and dancing talents to create a magical fusion of Venezuelan music with Latin American, classical, jazz and flamenco sounds.

“Performing this concert, Un piano, dos hermanas, in Canada is very important for us. In fact, it is our first time in Ottawa, Montreal and the Toronto Lulaworld Festival which means an excellent opportunity for promoting our music abroad”, said Prisca Dávila.

The pianists will be performing Venezuelan and Latin American music as well as their own compositions in various formats: Solo piano, piano and vocals, and piano four hands with the virtuosity and peculiar style that characterize each sister. In addition to that, Marieva will exhibit her talent as “bailaora” in compositions that blend Venezuelan rhythms and jazz with flamenco.  The concerts will feature their father, Eduardo Dávila, as special guest on soprano saxophone and flute. Outstanding Colombian percussionist Juan Carlos Medrano will also join them at Toronto Lulaworld Festival.

The LulaWorld Festival (www.lulaworld.ca) will take place between May 31st and June 10th in Toronto. It presents the diversity and creativity of World Music to the Canadian audience. It features more than 80 musicians from Latin America, USA, Puerto Rico, Israel, Canada and Uruguay along with concerts and dance workshops. 

For Prisca, taking Venezuelan music to other territories “is important and also a challenge because we want to reach as many concert goers as possible, and show them this fusion that we make between Venezuelan and Latin American music with jazz, classical music and flamenco. We want them to feel the have traveled with us across to Venezuela and Latin America.”

The public and the mass media have praised the recordings of these two relevant musicians that reflect the musical language they have jointly created by combining their arrangements, compositional nuances and dynamics of classical music, traditional melodies and rhythms, and improvisations along with the contemporary jazz harmonies. As solo artists, Marieva released “Piano de ida y vuelta” in 2010 while Prisca has released five albums to date. These are ”Piano Jazz Venezolano II” (2011), “Piano en canto venezolano II” (2009), “Piano En Canto Venezolano” (2007),  “Estoy Aquí” (2005) y “Piano jazz Venezolano” (2003).

It is worth mentioning that “One Piano, Two Sisters” has been performed at various venues in The United States, Venezuela, Mexico, Trinidad, Great Britain, and Czech Republic bringing enthusiasm and joy to the public. Canadian audiences will have the opportunity to know and enjoy the talents of this master duet that will leave an indelible impression.

For interviews and related matters contact:

Prisca Dávila – Musician
[email protected] 

Marieva Dávila – Musician
[email protected] 

Gal Sinai – Media Contact TuCuatro  (Ottawa)
[email protected] 

LulaWorld Festival (Toronto)

[email protected] or call 416 588 0307

Bocadillo Bistro (Montreal)

5145087172

@bocadillobistro

Social Networks:
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Webpage:
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Marieva Davila launches a reflection about the Venezuelan situation with subversivos

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June 19th 2017 – The Venezuelan piano player, singer and music writer Marieva Davila, releases the song “Subversivos” (Subversives)

A reflection about the times we’re currently going through, a call to rescue society through love and respect.

The Venezuelan piano player, singer and music writer MARIEVA DAVILA presents the song “SUBVERSIVOS”, a reflection about the times we’re currently living, a call for love and respect. This song is included in her new album “Travesia”- Canciones de Latinoamérica” (Journey, Songs from Latin America), the second Marieva’s album produced with her sister Prisca Davila who is also a piano-player, singer and music writer.

Marieva highlights, “The situation in my country, Venezuela, is highly complex and by these times needs, more than ever, the contribution from young people and artists to go on. This situation inspired me for writing the song called “Subversivos” where I talk about the loss of values in the society, about how injustices have become part of the every day’s life… Subversive are the expressions of love, in corrupt societies, where jackrabbits run over the sea and fishes over the streets, in a concrete world, but they move with haste, and the dreams are expecting you’ll stop supporting injustice… This is the chorus of the song, where I want to express the importance we artists must give to such topics, so that we can become bridges for reaching a meeting of minds and reconstructing society.”

The album “Travesia” includes new songs written by the Davila sisters as well as selected songs deemed iconic by several American countries. All of them framed within the music language characterizing them, a fusion of jazz, flamenco, Venezuelan and classical music. Now in this album she’s also adding other music genres such as pop, rock, bolero, ballad, Latin jazz, tango, and Bossa nova.

Marieva Davila, piano and voice

Heriberto Rojas, bass

Gabriel Davila, guitar

Leowaldo Aldana, percussion

Abelardo Bolaños, drums

Video editing, German Anzola

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Contact: Marieva Davila [email protected] www.marievadavila.com

SUBVERSIVOS (SUBVERSIVES)

Lyrics and music: Marieva Davila

Darkness recreates the fear to invisible

Visions of stray bullets

Leaving with no remorse

All hearts are empty, empty…

Souls are blown by the wind

And hope that at some time

Memories may overcome oblivion, oblivion…

And I wake up from a bad dream

And you’re there with me

Tolerance is needed

For the journey

I fail to know you at the beginning

But with your timely love

You bring the river to the fire

And hot to cold

Subversive are the expressions of love

In corrupt societies

Where jackrabbits run over the sea

And fishes over the streets

With no specific course

But with haste

And the dreams are expecting

You’ll stop supporting injustice

The Davila Sisters’ Journey

THURSDAY JUNE 30th 2016               ART AND ENTERTAINMENT

www.eluniversal.com

The piano players and singers explore Latin American genres involving well-known pieces and their own songs.

Prisca and Marieva Davila present their new album with a Concert at BOD

MARÍA GABRIELA FERNANDEZ B – EL UNIVERSAL

A grand piano reigns at the center of the living room. Surrounded by furniture, tables, book shelves, rugs, and cushions, this instrument of dark and polished wood is the tell-tale piece of two realities: the profession to which the sisters, who lived at that house, have devoted their lives, and the passion and love of a family who has always supported them, certain they would shine in performance arts. Although neither of them lives at that home anymore, piano players Prisca and Marieva Davila agreed this was the best place for this meeting. This is their mother’s house and that is the piano where they both rehearsed and practiced at the beginning of their musical career. Before this fine instrument, they had an upright piano, bought by their parents when Prisca -the oldest- was just a baby.  “Our home had no furniture, but they decided to buy a piano, instead of a dining set, even though neither of them played the piano.  My mother says it was a premonition,” she says jokingly.

Although they are six years apart in age and their personalities are quite opposite, these sisters have built a complicity that goes beyond family ties to reach their musical careers. This bond created during the shared academic sessions with piano player Gerry Weil was strengthened with shared concerts and became solid when they recorded the album Un piano, dos hermanas (One Piano, Two Sisters) (2012) and now is repeated, as is usually the case with great experiences, with the release of the second album jointly recorded by these artists. The album called Travesia (Journey) will be presented at 5:00 pm next Saturday, with a concert at Centro Cultural BOD theater, in La Castellana.

In this album, the piano players add their voices to a journey covering well-known Venezuelan and Latin American pieces and genres, as well as some bulerias (Flamenco music) and Jazz pop. In addition, they have added some songs of their own; inspired by the “infatuation” they felt while researching for this project. “It all started by late 2012 when we were invited to give a concert in Mexico and wanted to include a Mexican piece, because audiences there are very nationalistic. The piece we made was a sort of improvised La Vikina arrangement, but we thought we should have an arrangement ready for every country, just in case. By early 2013, we had the first one ready and our passion started to grow”, says Marieva.

With their arrangements, which resulted in very long work sessions, the piano began to play a guitar role in the bulerias or Boleros, or to become a harp for playing Pajarillo (or Pikirillo). “Lucky for us, the piano is a highly versatile instrument.”

These sisters, who use fusion as a distinctive element in their pieces, agree on celebrating the musical movement recently flourished in our country that has set a dialogue between traditional music and foreign sounds. According to Prisca, that fusions Venezuelan music with Jazz or Classical music in most of her seven albums, “this has opened a path for internationalizing our music.”

Besides Saturday’s musical repertoire, classic songs, such as Lagrimas Negras (Dark Tears) will mingle with intimate songs, as the one Prisca composed while she was expecting her baby, called Diego Eduardo.  “It will be quite varied and highly emotional.”

A concert for two

  • At this Saturday’s concert in Centro Cultural BOD, sisters Prisca and Marieva Davila will present their new album called Travesia.
  • The piano players and singers will fusion Jazz, Flamenco and classical music, and will also be including genres such as Pop, Rock, Bolero, Ballads, Latin, Jazz, Tango, and Bossa nova.
  • The sisters will be at the stage with their father Eduardo Davila at the Sax and flute; Abelardo Bolaño, drums; Luis Freites, bass; Goyo Reyna, voice, box, and clapping; Leonte Ortega, guitar; Eric Chacon, flute, and Luisa La Polaca and Mariana Pantoja, as Flamenco dancers whose performance will be joined by Marieva.
  • Tickets are for sale at the theater and at www.ticketmundo.com. Their cost is Bs. 3,600.

Pepsi Music Award 2015

Pepsi Music Award 2015

The sisters Prisca and Marieva Dávila, both pianist, composer and singer nominated in three categories of  Pepsi Music Award 2015 Venezuela (Best classical artist of the year, Best  classical song of the year and Best classical record of the year) were the winners of  “Best Classical album of the year with their CD ” Un piano, dos hermanas” (One piano, two sisters).

This album shows  a fusion with classical music, jazz, flamenco and Latino American music.



Four Hands Melodies

Todo en Domingo

EL NACIONAL MAGAZINE – SEPTEMBER 28th 2014. ISSUE 775 – EL NACIONAL

Sisters at the piano

Prisca and Marieva Davila

Isabel Delgado [email protected]

Photography Mauricio Villahermosa mauriciovill[email protected]

Makeup and styling: Romer Ravelo (0412) 813 3814

Piano players Prisca and Marieva Davila joined forces and talents in the album Un piano, dos hermanas (One piano, two sisters), where they fusion Venezuelan music, flamenco rhythms, and jazz. Here they tell us all details about this production and the tough part of a simultaneous performance.

A cocker spaniel receives visitors with a shoe in his mouth. Apparently this is his “gift” to those he likes. Combo likes taking love from everyone; so much that he even crashed into a photo shooting. His owners accept with ease the pet’s reign, which has to fight for sharing his time with a greater competitor, the baby grand piano located at the center of the Davila’s apartment, a space with view to the Avila mountain, that can either serve to inspire creating repertoires, or calm down Prisca and Marieva’s students, who dream with reaching their teachers’ virtuosity.

They have both built a successful career of their own, as piano players, and now, they don’t only share what they know with new generations, but have also joined their skills in a common album.

Un piano, dos hermanas is the name of this production joining them and that made them play four hand arrangements in their instrument. The music has further united two talents that were already standing on their own and now demonstrate that, together, they are a matchless musical force.

More than a toy

Prisca and Mariela Davila grew up, literally besides a piano. The instrument arrival marked their childhood and would define their vocation in the future. Their games and learning were, by equal parts, responsible for their musical training. Prisca tells us: “The piano was bought when we had recently moved and we grew up with the instrument as the center of our home. It’s very difficult to find a piano inside a home. We had it and played with it. My father plays the flute and the saxophone, and he made us identify the musical notes or the high pitched sounds which we said were angels, and that the bass sounds were demons, ugly things.”

What at first was just entertaining over time became academic. Both sisters studied music and then graduated as piano performers. At the university, Prisca studied History; while Marieva studied Communication Sciences and also started to dance flamenco, a music genre that then inspired her sister: “When Marieva started to dance, I included her in my concerts. We did that for a few years and then she prepared her piano repertoire. For launching her album, we thought about performing the concert Un Piano, Dos Hermanas. However, the format evolved up to becoming one piano, four hands.”                                         

“It’s peculiar, because we had the same teachers, but have different approaches and when we get together we reach synchronization. We must play as if it was only one individual,” states Prisca Davila  

Musical Synchrony

With several individually produced albums, and concert experience, the time to perform together had come. Un piano, dos hermanas includes a repertoire of four hands arrangements and pieces (as soloists) where they fusion classical, jazz, and flamenco music with Venezuelan music. In this project they are joined by their father Eduardo Davila in the saxophone and flute, and Goyo Reyna as special guest.    

However, making the musical arrangements is one thing, and the performance is something else, as they could evidence: “We made the four hands arrangements, and tailored them to us both, because the piano repertoire available was not satisfactory for us. The first time I made an arrangement for us both, it was with my polo margariteño. We sat down, crashed against each other, and couldn’t stop laughing. Afterwards we started to learn, not only about the performance, but also about each one’s register,” explains Prisca; while Marieva adds: “In Margarita, we played a Beethoven sonata and there was an arrangement for piano. I finished playing the sonata, and my sister was all over me because we couldn’t stop. We had to be synchronized.”

To keep the high performance level they have, practicing is essential. Marieva explains that, besides the baby grand piano, they have an upright piano, so they use them by turns, every day of the week, for four hours a day. When they have a concert, the practice time is eve longer. They also go on with their improvisation and composition training with Professor Gerry Weil. The musician said a few words to emphasize the Davila sisters’ background. “What they are doing is very important because it has a personal touch. They have been influenced by jazz, and have released a praiseworthy and high quality product. The Venezuelan music movement shows a valuable revival and there is an absolute need for that. Brazil has had an important musical movement and in Venezuela we can see a trend of new talents. This is a good time for music in our country.”

The Davila sisters contribute to enrich the Venezuelan music repertoire with a fresh proposal. Marieva explains, “There are many people working on, and contributing to, the musical sphere from their own genre, and that makes the Venezuelan audiences to get familiar with our country’s music, beyond the cuatro (a small strings instrument) and maracas. It’s a rediscovery from different optics. Anyone who listens to jazz or flamenco music can become familiar with our music on a quicker way, and I think that’s our contribution.”                

Latin American Journey                      

In addition to the album Un Piano dos hermanas, Prisca and Marieva are embarking in a new adventure. Travesia Latinoamericana (Latin American Journey) is the name of the concert they will be offering on October 5th within El Hatillo Sound concert cycle. In this concert they will make a journey throughout significant pieces of the Latin American Repertoire, with Aberlardo Bolaño in the drums, Hilda Hernandez in percussion, Heriberto Rojas in the bass, and their father, Eduardo Davila in the sax and the flute. El dia que me quieras, Amaneci otra vez, and Chega de Saudade, are some of the regional classics they will be performing. The concert shall be held at Teatrex El Hatillo theater at 12:30 pm. Tickets shall be priced at 480 bolivars. Further information at www.teatrex.com.ve   

The Davila Sisters will be recording an album as a duo in March, under the name of One Piano, Two Sisters.

Ciudad Guayana,
Friday, February 15th 2013                              Culture                        Correo del Caroni

Sisters at the piano  

Prisca and Mariela Davila offered a concert for lovers at the Ercole Club yesterday

Betty Lyon Bonucci – [email protected] del caroni

Last evening, the Ercole Club was full of piano, jazz and flamenco music thanks to Prisca and Marieva Davila that, jointly with their father Eduardo Davila, offered a concert for those in love.  

The three musicians arrived yesterday morning at Ciudad Guayana and held a meeting with the local media to talk about their evening concert and the plans currently underway.

Prisca, piano player, composer and singer, pointed out that the repertoire for last night is part of the album Un piano dos hermanas (One piano two sisters) they’ll start recording in March. “Each one of us has recorded her albums as soloist and this would be our first album together, we will include new songs, as well as pieces from previous albums, and even some piano four hands arrangements.”

Fusion of talents

Since very little, Prisca and Marieva have been in the music world, submerged within musical instruments and lyrics.

Prisca, for instance, in her two volume album Piano en canto venezolano (Piano in Venezuelan singing) has worked on several country regions, studying their genres and musical compositions. “Including, among them, the Calypso piece Isidora by composer Lourdes Basanta. But we won’t be able to perform it here, as its format needs different instrumentation,” she explained.   

Now after all these music studies, the sisters’ talents and their father’s talents intermingle on one stage. “This is a fusion or all our musical influences and also of all our musical instruments,” highlighted Prisca.                     

Future plans

Prisca and Marieva will be going into the recording studio in one month. But besides recording this album, Prisca is planning a great celebration for her 10 year anniversary in the recording industry.

“My first album was released 10 years ago, Piano Jazz Venezolano (Venezuelan Piano Jazz) and I have several activities underway, my new album release, concerts with the Symphonic Orchestra and other concerts, to gather this 10 year anniversary celebration, all what has happened since this first album was released, which also was the album that defined my musical language; these 10 years must be celebrated,” she highlighted.

Such musical language has been defined by characteristic elements, as Prisca did briefly explain: “From the classical music, I take the nuances and the techniques; from the Venezuelan music I take its melodies, its rhythms, it’s easiness; and from Jazz, the contemporary harmony and the improvisation. The flamenco music (which is a genre included in the new duo format with Marieva) is virtually in the Venezuelan music already, because such music comes from the flamenco music; for instance, the joropo comes from the fandango music.”

Before saying goodbye, a topic that was left on the table: the Davila sisters will be waiting to see if, in the near future, they can perform a concert with Cuidad Guayana Symphonic Orchestra.           

The Davila Family: accomplices on the stage

C8 culture                                                                              El Impulso – Wednesday May 23rd 2012 

Prisca, Marieva and their father played the lead in a delicious evening

The piano players, with Eduardo Davila, sax and flute player, offered an unrepeatable concert full of genius.

The audience in Barquisimeto, as always, did warmly welcome the sisters Prisca and Marieva Davila last Monday night, during the concert they staged at the Medical Association in State of Lara.

These artists offered, before a packed audience, a heartfelt and emotional concert, as part of the Jazz Cycle currently held in the city of twilights for the 15th anniversary of the Hidden Music program founded by late Julio Cesar Fernandez, currently conducted and produced by B.A. Omar Aguirre. The Un piano dos hermanas (One piano, two sisters) recital also included the Eduardo Davila, a Barquisimeto native, Prisca and Marieva’s father, who included sublime keys from both his saxophone and his flute into the concert.

Unrepeatable evening

Exactly at 8 o’clock p.m. started the banquet prepared by the Davila family. The fist one to conquer the stage with her talent was Marieva, who played the piece “Viraje” (Turn) she dedicated to her sister Prisca. After ending this first piece, she interacted with the audience asking about potential names for a new piece.

Then, she went on with a 4×4 tango she dedicated to her mother, accompanied by her father in the flute and by the audience with their claps. Afterwards, a polo margariteño (flamenco palo from Margarita island) was played as a piano four hand arrangement by Prisca and Marieva, who wore exquisite outfits with colorful flowers as headdresses. The song flew out from the sisters’ fingers reminding us about the sea breeze and waves. Their hands seemed to navigate over the piano.    

Prisca Davila played pieces from her new production Piano Jazz Venezolano II (Venezuelan Piano Jazz II). Flamenco Dancer Marieva Davila followed the rhythm from a sublime pajarillo.

Flute and sax player Eduardo Davila shared the stage with his daughters in an extraordinary way.

The Davila sisters demonstrated their talent.

Prisca and Marieva playing a four hand piano piece

Spilling charisma

With the same charisma and flair she always shows, Prisca addressed the audience to say how happy she was for coming back to Barquisimeto, and the Medical Association stage, which she considers as her home. “I feel like if I was at my home’s drawing room sharing with my family, I’m very happy to be in Barquisimeto,” she said.     

The waltz Paz y jazz (peace and jazz) was the first piece performed by the also composer before the packed audience that surrendered to her friendliness and charm full of virtuosity. The artist dedicated this piece to Jacques Braunstein, one of the top spreaders for this genre. “The country needs peace and jazz”, stated the artist.

She added this piece is part of her new album Piano jazz venezolano, which includes a fusion of Venezuelan, academic and popular music with jazz.

Three birds with one stone

Pirca continued the feast with the piece called Marieva. “My grandmother, my mother and my sister share the same name… so with this song I kill three birds with only one stone.” This time she was joined by a saxophone, deliciously played by Mr. Davila. “My father is from Barquisimeto, an architect, and a flute and sax player, and above all, crazy,” added Prisca.     

Afterwards, a rhythmic salsa piece streamed over the room. Prisca played with grace and easiness her version of El Manicero (the Peanut Vendor) by Moises Simons. So the music from the piano, the flute and the audience applauses mixed with joyful passion.

Prisca continued with Tonada de Ordeño (the Milking tune) by Antonio Estevez and Quirpa (a joropo variance), garnishing the piece with her velvety voice, wrapping up the room from start to end.

Magical complicity

The emotion filling Mr. Davila`s face is evident when seeing his daughters so full of talent and life. He watched them with great joy from a side of the stage, while waiting for his turn to play, in memorable complicity, with the Davila sisters a Pajarillo (folk song from the Venezuelan planes) in a piano four hand arrangement, that Prisca called Piquirrillo. “This is one piano, two sisters and a father,” joked Prisca who started playing alone while her sister danced on the stage, showing her wonderful flamenco tapping following the sublime flamenco rhythm.

The audience said goodbye to the Davila family standing up and with great applauses, while asking them to come back soon.

Lorena Quintanilla Muñoz  

Marieva Davila has become present

  EL NACIONAL THURSDAY FEBRUARY 11th 2010

Music: The debut album Piano de Ida y Vuelta (Piano Back and Forth) is available in record stores.

The piano player, Prisca Davila´s sister and Gerry Weil’s pupil has mixed academic and popular music.

GERARDO GUARACHE OCQUE

Piano player Marieva Davila, Prisca’s sister, already knew the musical language when she was 10 years old, and began her piano lessons at Juan Jose Landaeta Conservatory. After 15 years, guided by her mentor, Gerry Weil, she started to write music. Her first piece of music was “Viraje” (Turn) that in a second episode became a 3 piece suite, now used as introduction in her debut album Piano de Ida y Vuelta.

The piano was a regular friend at the Davila’s home, a family that has acted as fertile soil for musical proposals. Even, as anecdote, we’ve learned the girls were allowed to paint on the walls so that their creative impulse would not be affected.

Prisca Davila has recorded four albums, including the two albums Piano en canto venezolano (Piano in Venezuelan Songs) and is one of the most loved pianists for the public, always happy to welcome her jazz mixes with Venezuelan music. Now, her sister Marieva – six years younger- is making her fist steps in performance arts.

Piano and flamenco are Marieva Davila’s greatest passions

Her proposal is even closer to the academic world. Her album is an anthological work showing her findings as performer and music writer up to this date. She prepared an extensive program and decided to release the evidence. So she used her sister’s recording sessions to crash into the studio and just feel what is was like.

She was not totally happy with the academic repertoire, so she decided to include the De ida y vuelta suite she had written, that goes through the waltz “Travesía” (Journey), the ballad “Viraje” (Turn) and a quite particular tango “Destino” (Fate). To this triad she added some arrangements as “Midnight Mood” by Joe Zawinul, “Gentle Rain” by Louis Bonfi, “Retrato Solemnisimo de Aldemaro Romero” (Aldemaro Romero’s Highly Solemn Portrait), by Juan Carlos Nuñez and “Teresita” by Teresa Carreño.

The album’s title, recorded in a piano solo format, suggests a trip to the Baroque period, yet with a return ticket to contemporary times. The album’s backbone includes the Prelude and Fugue in F minor by Johann Sebastian Bach, as well as Rhapsody Op 79 in B minor by Johannes Brahms and Impromptu Op 90 Nº 2 by Franz Schubert.

“The album emerged in a quite spontaneous way, the title, as the pieces selected, and the recordings were performed without giving too much thought to it”. Explains the artist, who is also a journalist and flamenco dancer in Derly Ramirez Group, with which she has performed in London, Prague and Seoul.

“No one in my family has ever danced flamenco. I joined the Pasion Flamenca academy with some money my grandmother lent me. I did so because felt attracted to it and I wanted to work out, yet flamenco dance has become one of my great passions, up to the same extent as the piano,” she adds.

Marieva Davila wants to deepen on her musical research in the fusion of several elements: jazz, Venezuelan music, and flamenco music. She also confesses her interest in recording more albums, especially if she’s able to add voice, bass, and percussion.

The 25 year old performer is currently studying some topics of modern harmony, composition and improvisation with Weil. She also receives popular signing lessons from Marisela Leal and studies piano at Lino Gallardo Music Academy.

Up to this date, her proposal has been performed in scenarios such as the National Library, the Teresa Carreño Museum, the Quinta Anauco Colonial Art Museum, the Keyboard Museum, the Bellas Artes Museum and the auditorium in Banco Mercantil building. In the near future she’s planning to perform a piano recital at Centro Cultural Corp Banca.


Back and Forth

Newsroom

TalCual | Thursday December 17th 2009                          Arts

Marieva Davila, sister of singer and piano player Prisca Davila, shall debut as soloist with her album Piano de ida y vuelta (Piano back and forth). This album brings an assortment of music pieces influenced by flamenco music and songs from the new world.

“This album bears such name due to the influence of flamenco Spanish art on my music writing, and the sound journey that goes into the past and comes back to the present, hand in hand with universal and contemporary composers,” highlights Davila, who besides being a piano player is also an outstanding flamenco dancer.      

The album includes three songs by this artist: a tango, a waltz, and a ballad that jointly form the opening suite. Also including pieces from Venezuelan authors, such as Juan Carlos Nuñez with Retrato Solemnisimo de Aldemaro Romero (Aldemaro Romero’s Highly Solemn Portrait) and Teresita, a waltz written by Teresa Carreño.

“Due to the deep admiration I feel for Aldemaro Romero, I was pleased to record a song dedicated to this great Venezuelan character. In her turn, Teresa Carreño is undoubtedly a relevant character in universal music, both as piano player and composer. She’s an example to follow not only as artist but also as a woman, because she never feared to outstand at a time when men ruled,” explained the piano player.

Classical composers were not excluded from this debut album. Pieces by Bach, Schubert and Brahms are performed with graceful elegance and unique style. On the other hand, fusion jazz master, Joe Zawinul is also present with Davila’s version of Midnight Mood.

“In this production I gather several music genres I have studied throughout my life, and are reflected in the musical language I’ve started to develop in the De ida y vuelta suite. You can appreciate the Venezuelan music over the waltz; jazz over harmonization and improvising; flamenco music over the rhythms and melodies I’ve learned as flamenco dancer, besides all the atmospheres and performing resources arising from academic music,” pointed out the artist.

The album was produced by her jointly with her sister Prisca and her father Eduardo Davila. “Both of them (Prisca and Eduardo) have influenced me in all possible ways. After my father studied music, my cousins have all studied music at one time or another. My sister, on the other hand, has influenced me due to her personality, her musical taste, and her life style. She encouraged me to record this album.