Singer, clarinetist and composer Carola Ortiz is a restless and multifaceted artist, who moves naturally among musical spheres, effortlessly connecting them. Born in Terrassa in 1986, a city linked to jazz, her mother was involved in the theatre world and her father was a regular bass player at the legendary club Nova Jazz Cava. It was there that she got the chance to hear live international jazz stars from a very young age.
In 2016 Carola Ortiz takes flight as a band leader and presents us with her latest work Sirin. In this album we hear her artistic maturity shine through as she synthesizes multiple influences and personal journeys in a sound that is truly her own. Also 2013 and 2014, she released two albums of original music with AxisOrca, alongside the French producer Landy Gana. Her other musical projects include the duo Minimal Hits (Ramona, 2015) the Iberian percussion orchestra Coetus, and Moussakis, a Balkan fusion group. In 2010, she toured with a jazz trio playing the Thelonious Monk tunes with her own lyrics. She has performed twice in the International Jazz Festival of Barcelona, once conducted by Maria Schneider and the other with LUMMM, an improvisation duo with Guillermo Rizzotto. In 2011 she was the resident artist of LEM festival in Barcelona, where she was involved in interdisciplinary experiences combining dance and visual arts.
Carola Ortiz has participated in the recordings of more than twenty albums of different genres, including jazz, pop, rock, world, hindustani music, flamenco and experimental. She has also played with hundreds of musicians from her own country and from all over the world. During a long stay in New York City, she co-formed a group with original songs and was invited to play by The Groove Collective and The Mingus Orchestra in clubs such as Nublu and The Jazz Standard. During her recent stay in India, she has recorded on next album of grammy nominated classical hindustani player Debashish Bhattacharya. She has also traveled and performed in different international festivals in Spain, UK, Italy, Portugal, France, Germany, Colombia, Poland, Hungary and Algeria.
Born in 1986 near Barcelona, Carola Ortiz received a classical and jazz higher education. She attended workshops with singers Luciana Souza, Meredith Monk and flamenco player Jorge Pardo. She continues to learn from ongoing collaborations in different musical areas: from growing up in jazz clubs playing with her father, playing flamenco in Granada and travelling to Rio to play in Rodas de Choro, to Istanbul jamming Turkish gipsy tunes with Selim Sesler, and improvising in Berlin’s underground music scene. Carola loves playing, composing and improvising, learning new ways to express herself, and embodies a strong belief that artistic boundaries do not exist.