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Tumba, seú, vals antillano, musik di zumbi, tambú, son palabras con las que se designan algunos de los ritmos de la isla de Curazao, en el Caribe Holandés, tierra donde surgió la voz portentosa de Izaline Calister. Con esta vasta identidad musical a cuestas, que se manifiesta también en el hecho de cantar en su lengua materna, el papiamento, Izaline incursiona en un proyecto que vuelca en el jazz un estilo tan explosivo como amoroso.
Reconocida en encuentros musicales tan exigentes como el North Sea Jazz Festival, la voz de Izaline Calister se rige por una originalidad irrefutable. Formada bajo el influjo de jazzistas como Diane Reeves, Cassandra Wilson y Elis Regina, su canto pasional ha encontrado un camino propio, antillano e irremediablemente contagioso.
Izaline Calister is a highly talented singer, composer and lyricist with a distinctive personal musical style. A charismatic performer, she can be at times warm and intimate, then again expressive and extroverted, masterfully weaving together the traditional music of her native island, Curaçao (Dutch Caribbean), with Jazz. Izaline possesses the exceptional gift that makes all the difference for a soloist, as she sings in her mother tongue, Papamientu, with feeling and grace. She has this ability to remain true to her roots and successfully reach out and conquer audiences around the world singing in an unfamiliar language, while melding seamlessly the pulsating rhythms of Afro-Antilles music with Jazz.
Following her conservatory studies in voice and composition all the while gaining professional experience in various groups, in the year 2000 Izaline releases her first solo album on her own label. The title song, "Sono di un muhé" (One Woman's Dream), describes a dream come true. Though not yet very well known as a soloist, her CD launch concert in the well-known Amsterdam jazz temple, the BIM-Huis, sells out and she sets the place on fire! The Dutch newspaper "NRC Handelsblad" notes: "Izaline Calister writes history at the BIM-Huis".
The (Pop!) Music magazine "Muziekkrant Oor" observes: "Bare-foot and with closed eyes, as if living in her own dream world, you can touch the beauty of Antillean music". Another daily paper, "De Volkskrant", shares the enthusiasm for the album: "One of the most beautiful vocal records to have been released lately".
The recording is nominated in May 2001 for an Edison Foundation Award (prestigious Dutch award) in the Vocal Jazz category. Debutante Izaline performs at the 2001 North Sea Jazz Festival to an overflow crowd on the roof terrace, winning the hearts of the international audience. Papers headlines exclaim: "A satanically good band with an angel as a singer" and "Izaline thaws everybody"(Trouw), "The Queen of Antillean Jazz" (PZC).
With her second album release in 2002, "Mariposa", Izaline continues on the road where "Sono di un Muhé" left off. She reflectively states:
"Antillean jazz is still so young. I am grateful that it exists and that I am part of it. Now I can dedicate years of my life to explore and experiment inside this style of music. We are surveying borders is an intensive way; I am not even so sure that these borders do exist at all. I enjoy so much the expedition, the experiments and serendipity, -we still have a long way to go!"
Surrounded by her 'dream-team' of Antillean jazz musicians, Izaline keeps evolving. The band's growth through two years of extensive touring, sounds like magic and the musical ideas underscore the desire to fuse styles. Old and New, Jazz and World music, acoustic and electronic, traditional and modern, the new CD recording incorporates many different rhythms native to Curacao, such as Tumba, Seú, Antillian walz, Danza, Muzik di Zumbi and Tambú. Traditional Antillean music is rooted in Africa, and Izaline succeeded on this new CD in bringing forth a refreshing, sophisticated and modern rendering of African Diaspora music.
The music on ''Mariposa" is written by Izaline Calister herself, together with pianist Randal Corsen and bass player Eric Calmes, who arranged most of the tracks. Izaline continues the tradition started with her first CD to "renew" traditional songs. The recording was released in November 2002. A CD launch concert was presented, with a lot of press attention, to a full house in Curaçao in November 2002. Already before that, the CD had climbed the charts on the Island! In 2003 Izaline Played at the Paul Acket Pavillioen at North Sea Jazz festival and the Folkest Festival and Rome Jazz festival in Italy and the Kilkenny festival in Ireland. The cd " Mariposa" is nominated for an Edison Award in 2003.