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Camila Meza Finds Her Voice(s)

On new record, singer-guitarist deploys astounding technique and newfound lyrical flair

Camila Meza deploys astounding technique on her new album, "Traces."
Camila Meza performs at the 2016 Rīgas Ritmi Festival

It was 1 a.m. in the basement of Rockwood Music Hall on April 23, and Camila Meza concluded her set with “Traces,” the plaintive title track from her recent Sunnyside Records release. Despite the late hour, the millennial crowd demanded an encore. “The uncertainty of

1 a.m.,” Meza said before calling “Caminhos Cruzados,” a Brazilian bossa standard she recorded on her previous album, Prisma. “Let’s see if they all know it.” Before a consensus was reached, she counted it off nonetheless; the band had big ears and deftly followed as she improvised on her Sadowsky hollowbody guitar, doubling herself on vocals in unison. The moment attested to the 30-year-old Chilean native’s intuitive approach-a technical effortlessness supported by an emotional depth that borders on the metaphysical.

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