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Artist Spotlight: Camila Meza

Traces of pop, folk, and Latin America abound in the Chilean singer/guitarist's work

Camila Meza performs at the 2016 Rīgas Ritmi Festival

Guitarist and singer Camila Meza blends jazz and her broad musical tastes, including notes from Latin American, Brazilian, folk and pop music, uniting those sounds into irresistible melodies and improvisations.

Born in 1985 in Santiago, Chile, Meza studied with Argentinean singer Jorge Vidal and Chilean guitarist Jorge Díaz. Meza may be best known for her voice, preferring a limpid vibrato-less delivery that recalls Jim Hall’s tone and Claudia Acuña’s artful phrasing, but she is something of an accidental vocalist. She discovered her vocal ability at Projazz Instituto Profesional in Santiago, through an ear-training class she took as part of her guitar studies.

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