Claudia Acuña



Claudia Acuña – voice

Juan “Jauncho” Hererra – guitar

Ben Zwerin - bass

Edgardo “Yayo” Serka – drums 



Chilean singer and composer Claudia Acuna, born in 1971 in Santiago, possesses one of the most beautiful voices in jazz music. Violetta Parra and Michael Jackson are most deserving for her decision to become a singer, but it was only after she heard Errol Garner and Thelonius Monk that she realized her genre will be jazz.


Inspired by a film about musicians and clubs in New York, she went to New York in 1995 and „felt more at home there than she ever did in Chile, even though she didn't speak the language well and was running out of money“. Without the necessary financial means to study at one of jazz schools, encouraged by the advice of one music teacher, she decided to learn the old fashion way – at jazz clubs.


At the Small's in Greenwich Village, she worked with the musicians such as Jeff Ballard, Avishai Cohen, Frank Hewitt, Jimmie Lovelace, Brad Mehldau and she also met the piano player Jason Lindner, who became her musical director and closest collaborator.


Record companies started to show interest in Claudia after a tape of one of her live performances started to circulate without her knowledge. She was signed to Verve Records in 1999, where she recorded two albums – Wind from the South and Rhythm of Life. Her third disc, Luna, was recorded for MAXJAZZ in 2004, followed by recordings and performances with a host of esteemed musicians including George Benson, Joey Calderazzo, Billy Childs, Roy Hargrove, Tom Harrell, Christian McBride, Danilo Perez and Pablo Ziegler.


Her last album, En Este Momento, was recorded in 2009 for Marsalis Music and produced by the famous Brandford Marsalis. It consists of ten compositions which bring Claudia's perception of the combination of the musical heritage of her native Chile and jazz tradition. The musicians with whom she recorded En Este Momento and with whom she has been performing for years will accompany her at Porec as well.


"Claudia sings in the tradition of the great ones. Her sound is her own.” Abbey Lincoln

Claudia Acuña/Prelude To A Kiss

Valamar Jazz Festival photopostcard