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IMPREDECIBLE: Voces de Mujer

Ed Blanco, All About Jazz and Producer and Host at WDNA, 88.9FM, Miami - " On May 17th, 2019, Cristina Morrison, La Baronesa, shared the stage with three other female Latin vocalists and delivered a command performance voicing songs from her latest album, Impredicible. Accompanied by pianist extraordinaire Misha Piatigorsky and band, Morrison and her female guests mesmerized the audience with their powerful vocal instruments. Shinning the light on female voices from the Latin Music genre, Morrison joined forces with the likes of Warner Music Latin star Lena Burke in presenting beautiful music graced with emotion and a measure of class. La Baronesa proved that night that she is indeed, one superior songstress with much to offer, well done!"
Raul Da Gama, LatinJazzNet - This magical disc heralds a profound performance which is also highly illuminating. The starting point is a highly successful attempt to create vocal duets with five of the finest women vocalists of her generation. The performances by Miss Morrison aided by her duet partners are highly poignant; a touchstone to Miss Morrison’s burgeoning legacy as a vocalist; quite apart from her contribution to stage and film.
CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher, Midwest Record - CRISTINA MORRISON/Impredecible: The nice thing about being a gringo lost in Latin music land is that unless the track is something that's flying mallet obvious like "Besame Mucho", how would we know these are reimagings of Latin music high spots? What the naif hears is a smoking, swinging set that sounds like the party we want to hit away from the resort hotel. Proving it's new if it's new to you, this is grand outing that opens the ears to realms beyond the horizon well worth checking out. Solid throughout.
Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz - Vocalist Cristina Morrison is as worldly and well-traveled as they come. She was born in Miami and spent time living in Rome, Quito, the Galapagos Islands and Los Angeles before landing in the Big Apple...
Ximena Hidalgo-Ayala, Impacto Latino - Cristina Morrison, talento multifacético que une culturas.

Su talento escénico se pueden admirar en el cine, su creatividad y especial voz en sus discos y presentaciones. Todo fuertemente impregnado por el sabor y la pasión de sus raíces. Muy activa en el escenario neoyorquino en cine y música, es uno de los talentos latinos que expresa intensamente una vocación para construir, a través de su arte, puentes entre naciones y culturas. Cristina Morrison Mantilla, con su educación, talento y esfuerzo tiene una importante carrera artística internacional que promueve a Latinoamérica por el mundo.

Nadie Nos Mira “Nobody’s Watching” FILM

TRIBECA FILM FEST - Frédéric Boyer - In a moving depiction of this vibrant city, director Julia Solomonoff’s touching feature presents a portrait of immigrant solitude. Nico faces the difficulty of finding not only a home, but himself amidst the indifferent metropolis. Nobody’s Watching questions how we adjust when we lose our audience.

New York Times - Glenn Kenny - "Nobody's Watching" addresses immigration issues head on, but it's more about being set existentially adrift.
Humiliations follow, including an encounter with an arrogant American film insider who bluntly tells Nico to darken his hair — his blond hair doesn’t exude stereotypical Latino vibes. His friendships suffer — the mother of the child he babysits for takes umbrage when he chats up a potential professional connection at her yoga class — as does his self-esteem after a fraught visit from a mentor who’s also a former lover.

Ms. Solomonoff, an Argentine filmmaker based in New York, doesn’t fail to include scenes of stranger-in-a-strange-land exhilaration. This movie is as attached to our town as it is to Nico, even if Nico might not be destined to stay.
Stage and Cinema - DMITRY ZVONKOV - With a solid script by Ms. Solomonoff and Christina Lazaridi, Nobody’s Watching is an understated film made in the style of observational realism so common to indie fare of the past decade. But whereas many such movies use silence, passivity and ambiguity to disguise a lack of insight and direction, Ms. Solomonoff leads us confidently along with intelligence and compassion. The plot moves. The actors deliver convincing portrayals.

Baronesa

Raul Gama, LatinJazzNet - "Part biographical, perhaps even part autobiographical and all adventure, Baronesa by the ineffable chanteuse Cristina Morrison is an amorous masterpiece. Ms. Morrison’s dark and smoky voice is so perfect for this kind of musical setting. Stories of seduction, of mesmerising beauty and of strange and beautiful musical topographies just seem to fall into place with the utterly irresistible voice that is led by – and sometimes plays off – the tantalising lines that unfold in the pianism of Misha Piatigorsky. The musicianship of both is characterised by its directness, the sonic purity of its gestures."
Midwest Record - "Morrison's back story makes her sound like some globe trotting gal in a 50s movie and you wonder how she has the time and energy to do it all. Focusing on this record, she turns Brazilian jazz on it's head with this mostly original set. Calling on her experience as an actress to give the tunes that something else extra and calling on her linguistic versatility to keep things on the move, this might as well be the template for future after hour jazz for millenials. As smoking a set as she is, this is hot stuff on a futuristic tip that can be enjoyed in the hear and now."
Gustavo CARVAJAL [ Idea Catalyst ] - Affectionately known as the Baroness of Jazz, Cristina Morrison’s second album, appropriately called Baronesa, draws upon her life experiences – featuring songs in four different languages (English, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese) with a diverse mix of music styles – jazz, tango, cha cha, drum & bass, bolero and even spoken word. The songs blend her skills as an actress and a singer and tell stories about her life, her friends and the Galapagos Islands. Cristina is deeply committed to contributing to the environmental and social conscience of Galapagos children. She supports an educational arts program called Arteducarte in all the public schools of Isabela. A portion of the proceeds from her records sales helps sustain the program yearly.
#MarcelaÁlvarez El Diario Nueva York - “...artista sutil, de entornos íntimos, versátil, políglota, aventurera. Como actriz ha trabajado en cine, teatro y televisión; con su otra pasión, la música, suma dos álbums, una banda y exitosas presentaciones en Ecuador, Miami y Nueva York.”
EDWARD BLANCO |AllAboutJazz.com - The most ambitious piece of the album is the varied "Spanish Dreamland Inquisition" featuring the vocalist with some spoken words, back grounds vocals and seemingly folk song atmosphere and texture to the piece. The title tune comes across like a lively, even funky-styled song at times with Morrison singing the lyrics in both English and Spanish. The album concludes with the very humbling "Light or Dark" returning the Baronesa to the more subtle and softer landscape with which she is so familiar singing the finale with a lot of soul and expression.

Providing another session of magical moments, Cristina Morrison's creative and genre-blending Baronesa showcases a superb vocal instrument in a tasteful collaboration with pianist Piatigorsky, and features cast of world-class players who interpret a set of world-styled music with grace.
Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower - This CD is a tribute to Baronesa, a European woman who arrived in the Galapagos Islands during the late 1920’s and was soon embroiled in a drama of lovers. Cristina Morrison, actor, singer, lyricist, educator, and environmental-social activist, appeared in a docudrama about Baronesa, in the 1990’s. She has created this new album as an homage to Ecuador and the Galapagos. My own past travels in Ecuador and the Galapagos were evoked in the listening experience. This album presents eleven tracks, eight of which are original, with the remaining three “Cry Me a River”, “Corcovado”, and “Nuestro Juramento”. The original tracks are composed by Misha Piatigorsky, with Ms. Morrison’s lyrics. Among the impressive instrumental ensemble collaborating on this album, whom I have reviewed on these pages, are Victor Prieto on accordion, Joel Frahm on saxophones, Tatum Greenblatt on trumpet, and Misha Piatigorsky, composer and pianist. The additional collaborators are well chosen for the multicultural, musical genre, so inherent in the remarkable tunes.

I Love

Dan Bilawsky - allaboutjazz.com - Vocalist Cristina Morrison is as worldly and well-traveled as they come. She was born in Miami and spent time living in Rome, Quito, the Galapagos Islands and Los Angeles before landing in the Big Apple, from whence she recorded this fine debut. Morrison possesses a voice that's alternately soothing, sassy, straightforward or sly, and she brings it to bear on a diverse array of original and oft-covered offerings.
Edward Blanco - Ejazznews - Gifted with a beautiful voice, this new lady of jazz makes quite a splash on I Love, a debut recording capturing a graceful performance stylishly announcing her entrance into the world of jazz music
Brent Black - Critical Jazz - A first call selection of some of the Big Apple's finest push Morrison to discover her own keen sense of melodic feel and develop the true potential of her own engaging lyrics which while deceptively subtle are at times rather cinematic in scope. I Love is a pristine recording designed to touch the listener both the visceral and cerebral levels and this may be where the true success and individuality of the artist are born. Morrison is the real deal bringing together a nice package with musical chops to spare. An incredibly entertaining and adventurous tour de force that gives up a little something new with each subsequent spin of the disc. A real winner that leaves the listener longing for more!
Midwest Record by CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher - Morrison is down with the concept of old school dames but she has a pomo sensibility all the way. Probably hiding a restless artist behind a cool façade, Morrison ditches her last persona but doesn’t leave it too far behind as crime jazz mixes with after hours mixes with just about everything else that could be smoky. A cinematic musical experience, this almost a nu kind of cabaret in the making.

The Aging of the Plum

El Debate - Mexico - "The Aging of the Plum" delivered an emotional performance at the Angela Peralta Theatre. Cristina Morrison and Rossana Iturralde gave a master class in acting through their portrayal of various characters.
El Noroeste - Mexico - Cristina Morrison and Rossana Iturralde delivered a remarkable performance in the staging of "The Aging of the Plum". They were chameleonic as they took the audience to meet a family of nine women that emerged through Celina's and Eleonora's memories. The actresses who joined the International Theatre Festival of Mazatlan 2011 achieved an immediate connection with the audience who quickly caught on with the plot. The actresses did not need makeup, change of scenery or costumes to come before the audience as little girls or mature women.

First Love

El Hoy - As the story unfolds the actress takes charge of her role and reaches moments of great lucidity. She surrenders to this ambiguous character who is caught between candid, alienation, and aloofness.
Tiempos Del Mundo - Quality theatre. Morrison gives way in her monologue.
El Comercio - Morrison confronts marginality. “She’s an actress that goes deep into everything she faces. Her characterizations are natural, a courageous staging”

Petra von Kant

Coral Gables Gazette - Six capable women, notable among them was Cristina Morrison who undergoes a tremendous range of emotions. It’s easy to go too far with the outbursts, but Morrison is restrained and talented so as to make us feel for Petra without too many histrionics.

I Know They’re Coming to Kill Me

El Universo - The main actors were well cast. Cristina Morrison dominates the scenes where she performs.

The Baroness and Her Lovers

El Comercio - Their stage presence, rhythm, and improvisation took over the audience.
El Universo - Morrison was the voice at the "Blues Anthology Concert" in the Ecuadorian-American Center in Guayaquil.

Devil in Paradise

El Comercio - Galapagos, it's history and it's fiction. Cristina Morrison's pitch on acting complements this docudrama.
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