Valentina Montoya Martínez: "La Pasionara" Music by Martínez, Piazzolla. Mr. McFall's Chamber. Texts and translations. Delphian DCD 34120 T This is more than just a really good tango disc: it's a document of fervently expressed personal history. Chilean-born singer Valentina Montoya Martínez and her family fled the violent Pinochet regime...
Nuevo Tango came to the Queen’s Hall last night, replacing the cold of a May spring night in Edinburgh with the warmth of Latin America thanks to another great performance from Mr McFall’s Chamber.... Maria was sung by Valentina Montoya Martinez, a Chilean singer who brought great feeling and passion to her role – particularly with her great aria Yo soy Maria which she encored.
Lanzan en Londres libro bilingue de VIoleta Parra. Con escritora Valentina Montoya Martínez.
MR MACFALL'S CHAMBER**** QUEEN'S HALL EDINBURGH. "While the project has been several years in gestation, as singer Valentina Montoya Martnez declared, it was worth the wait. Montoya, although born in Chile, was destined to sing these dramatic songs of the River Plate region that joins Argentina to Uruguay. Gamine and darkly dramatic with an attractive flinty personality, her beautifully expressive voice coupled with her exile background, defined the night."
María de Buenos Aires Valentina Montoya Martínez, Nicholas Mulroy (singers), Juanjo Lopez Vidal (narrator), Victor Villena (bandoneon); Mr Mcfall’s Chamber Delphian DCD 34186 88:01 mins. "Valentina Montoya Martínez" gives the central character a full flavoured vocaal embodiement".
“Ms Martinez’s journey to Scotland has been a challenging one since leaving her native Chile in the late 1970s as the daughter of a political refugee. Without being overt or melodramatic, the backstory lends that particular kind of authenticity to her performance that engenders engagement and intimacy with her audience. Whether she was interpreting Piazzolla or her own material, most memorably ‘La Partida/Leaving’, and ‘Sola’, she held the audience’s rapt attention and, after two encores, definitely left them wanting more“. (Mr McFall’s Chamber tango night Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh).
“There’s something quite extraordinary about the range of sentiment and expression she draws from a set of songs that are intrinsically tango-based, though the reason is obvious when you consider that these are based on stories from her own interesting life, from childhood in Chile to exile in England”. (Queen’s Hall, María de Buenos Aires article)
“Martínez’s lyrics are superb; these are songs of longing, nostalgia and regret. But they’re always projected via musical settings of incredible vitality and wit. The best have personal resonance – songs about long-forgotten friends, or the lives of Martínez’s own parents. And hers is such an expressive, compelling voice, especially so when she interrupts her cantilena to speak directly to the listener”. (‘La Pasionaria’ CD review)
Interview in the Sunday Times. In the hands of Martínez music is a gloriously multinational affair. The bubbly Chilean is the lead singer of the cult Scottish world music band Voces del Sur and a happily adopted Scot....Martínez is a woman who it is easy to admire. She has experienced tragedy in her life but has dealt with it with enviable fortitude... Montoya-Martínez is a voice we should be grateful came north"
Astor Piazzolla’s tango opera is fierce and hot-blooded thing, with its swirling text by Horacio Ferrer and deft mashup of fugue, milonga, cabaret, even 1960s psychedelia. "Valentina Montoya Martinez unflinching as Maria"
‘I play with violence’, Astor Piazzolla once said. ‘My bandoneón must sing and scream. Sometimes I beat the bandoneón up.’ Throughout María de Buenos Aires, the instrument acts as a metaphysical force. "Montoya Martínez, her voice earthy and lived-in, captures the defiance and vitality that drive María on"
CD review - disturbing yet seductive. Piazzolla's Maria de Buenos Aires from Mr McFall's Chamber on Delphian. "Maria/The Shadow of Maria is Valentina Montoya Martinez, wonderfully smoky-voiced and sexy"
Classical CD review - "The wonderful Chilean-born Valentina Montoya Martinez could have been born to play Maria. She captures the eponymous heroine’s extremes of strength and vulnerability, her feistiness and sensuality in a reading of great subtlety and perception. Her delivery of the wonderful Yo soy Maria in Part One (if this was a rock opera, I feel sure this would have been the single) reveals her fearlessness and fragility in four minutes of perfection. As Part One proceeds, Martinez conveys the inevitability of Maria’s fate with a measured insouciance that convinces at all levels"