Spanish singer and composer Pepa Niebla is renowned for her vocal versatility that has allowed her to be involved in a great variety of projects: from blues, soul and jazz to Cuban son and popular music. Living in Granada, Havana, London and Brussels gave her the opportunity to grow, learn and experiment in different genres. Now, settled in Belgium, Niebla has found her sound and direction as an artist, bringing to life her own compositions and arrangements with her new project: The Pepa Niebla Quintet.
2020 will see the release of Renaissance, Niebla’s first album of original compositions (following her releases Pepa Niebla Project and Pepa Niebla & Ricky Vivar), featuring guitarist Toni Mora, pianist Maxime Moyaerts, double bassist Alex Gilson and award-winning drummer Daniel Jonkers. Renaissance offers 5 new original compositions by Niebla as well as new songs by Toni Mora and Fabio Torres with lyrics in English, Spanish and Portuguese, demonstrating her unique style that marks the start of a new chapter in Niebla’s career.
The music in Renaissance reflects a New York contemporary jazz influence that Pepa has combined with stories of love, family and immigration to create a sincere and personal work. Niebla’s writing is fresh and original, while reflecting her serious study of jazz harmony, vocals and composition. She is influenced by singers Dianne Reeves, Lizz Wright, Nancy Wilson, Carmen McRae, Gretchen Parlato and Esperanza Spalding, and composers Benny Golson, Bill Evans, Wayne Shorter, Pat Metheny and Brian Blade & The Fellowship.
Pepa Niebla gained a distinction for both her degree and master’s in Jazz Studies at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels under the supervision of David Linx, Christophe Wallemme, Stephane Galland, attending masterclasses from international musicians such as Norma Winstone, John Clayton and Pete Churchill.
A regular performer at Brussels’ premier jazz venues such as Sounds Jazz Club, The Music Village and The Jazz Marathon, Niebla can also be heard with contemporaries Bart Quartier (vibraphone), Alex Koo (piano), Marcos Varela (bass), Martin Salemi (piano) and the Toni Mora Quartet.
– ‘Pepa Niebla’s album is beautifully written and executed. It takes you on a journey. I highly recommend you check it out!’ – Shai Maestro
– ‘It is always a pleasure to discover new talented composers that make use of their intuition to create well-balanced music with refined musical taste. I very much look forward to hearing new works and the musical evolution of Pepa Niebla!’ – Michel Bisceglia
– ‘One of Pepa Niebla’s most notable qualities is the warmth of her voice as an extension of her persona, carrying her emotions directly to the audience’ – Javier Ruibal
DATES 2020 – 2021
Album released 15th of May 2020