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Saranaide: A Bossa Nova Valentine’s at Jazz in the Pan Am Room
Friday, February 11, 2022 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm$10
This year we bring the uniquely sounding jazz and Brazilian/Latin/Bossa Nova music of Saranaide to Jazz in the Pan Am Room for the first time. Last year, Saranaide released a new EP and was featured on AM Buffalo.
Saranaide is an accomplished vocalist, songwriter, and musician based out of Buffalo, NY. With parents from Panama and Puerto Rico, Saranaide has dipped into her DNA to embrace and celebrate the pulses and sounds of Latin America; exploding on the Buffalo Jazz Scene with new vigor. Inspired by the legends of soul and jazz riding on the rhythms of the world, Saranaide’s unique sound is sweet honey dripping over a spicy stew.
A lifelong learner, she has traveled the world to better inform her process – whether it is studying Maracatu in Canada and Brazil or traveling to Ghana to immerse herself more fully in West African drumming & dance, Saranaide beautifully blends and reflects her Afro-Latino roots. She writes in both English and Spanish, most recently adding Portuguese to her singing repertoire. Her songwriting is universal and highly personal; her stage presence ethereal and earthy, wrapping her audience up in each story told through her sultry vocals, willowing flute, and jazzy guitar riffs.
She began her musical journey learning the piano at the age of 4. She picked up the flute in grade school and played in various ensembles and bands throughout her life. Her musicality sparked her interest in teaching herself guitar (and later ukulele) for church services, where she spent most of her youth building the foundation for her practice. Saranaide also sings with the Buffalo Afrobeat Orchestra and is passionate about her work as a birth doula.
The most notable performances of her career were being a guest of the Brooklyn College Choir in 2018 to perform two sold-out nights at Carnegie Hall with Joe Hisaishi in a symphonic concert that performed the music from the Studio Ghibli films of Hayao Miyazaki, wowing a sold-out crowd at Hotel Henry with a night of bossa nova, and enthralling the crowd at the Northwest Jazz Festival in an intimate performance in the Peace Garden. She recently opened also for the Juno Award-winning and Grammy Nominated Jane Bunnet and Maqueque. Saranaide also entertained nearly 500 people at the recent Hotel Henry Summer Jazz Series.