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"Fragilidad" aka "Fragile" by Sting

Carolena Mátus Trio: w/Randy Halberstadt (Piano) and Clipper Anderson (Bass).

Recorded Live at Resonance at Soma Towers, Bellevue, WA (2017)

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Upcoming PUBLIC Gigs

Crossroads Market Stage
May 5, 2017 @ 7:00 p.m.
w/ Randy Halberstadt (piano)
Clipper Anderson (bass)
Crossroads Mall

15600 NE 8th Street
Bellevue, WA  98008


Swedish Hospital | Cherry Hill Campus
August 3, 2017 @ 11:30 a.m.
w/ Randy Halberstadt (piano)
550 17th Avenue
Seattle, WA  98122


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Calendar page for additional upcoming public performances.

PLEASE NOTE:  Private events are NOT reflected on the calendar.  Please use the Contact Artist page to inquire about open dates and booking Carolena for your special event.

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JaZzin' It UP!

... with Randy Halberstadt (piano) and Clipper Anderson (bass).

The Carolena Matus Trio

Singing Straight-ahead, Latin and Original JaZz...

... with some of the finest musicians in the Pacific Northwest!

Tunes - with John Stowell, guitar

Offering Online Voice Lessons

Technology makes it possible for Carolena to teach students from all over the world via Skype, ooVoo and FaceTime in real time.

 

What is necessary is a high-speed internet connection, a webcam, an external mic (unless your computer is equipped with a good one) and Voila!  You can enjoy the benefits of private voice lessons in the comfort of your own home.

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Frank Sinatra, Jr.

Singer, Composer, Pianist, Conductor, Friend
B: January 10, 1944 - D: March 16, 2016

Rest in Peace



On March 16th, I lost an old friend. I was stunned by the news. When I did the math, I realized that I had known him for just shy of 30 years, more than half my life. The photo below depicts how he looked when I first met him. On March 16th I lost one of the top three greatest influences in my life, all three of whom are now sadly, painfully gone.

 

 

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So many times I have met with prospective students – in our instant gratification society – who at some point during their initial consultation ask me, in regard to the process of learning to sing, "How long is it going to take?"  I never cease to be astonished at this question.  However, over the years I have learned to ask in response, "It depends, how good do you want to be?"



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I awoke at a ridiculous hour today to be greeted by an article that was posted on CBS Local (San Francisco Bay Area) about Oprah Winfrey's "Self-Worth" tour, which was ironically designed to encourage people to realize the same.  Those who know me know that I tend to have a lot of patience and for the most part I'm a pretty even tempered individual unless something extreme gets my goat, which is exactly what happened at 5:00 a.m. this morning.

 

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Occasionally I am faced with a student who fights to hold on to their vocal limitations.  When introduced to a new vocal technique they proclaim incessantly, "But it's so HAAARD!"  As my friend Richard Bach put it in his book, Illusions, "Argue for your limitations and you get to keep them."

 

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I have to admit it, I'm feeling like a proud parent!  One of my prize students, Mike Rose (aka "The Blues Sheriff"), just had his first album, "New Sheriff in Town" reviewed.  He has been getting radio air play and his review (click on his photo) has me bursting my buttons with pride!

 

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The exquisite poem below was written by Eric Miller in response to the following video posted in this article.  I was so taken by the beauty of the poem that I simply had to share it and the author with the world.  All spelling and formatting are specifically as the author has written them with no alterations.  It is my first blog offering to start off the New Year.

 

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As some know, the great Carl Fontana (world renowned JaZz trombonist) was a friend of mine in Vegas.  Observing Carl was a great gift to me as I was first beginning to learn about JaZz.  Carl would fall in love with a tune and dissect it. He would ferret out it's depths, discovering all that it had to offer.  I would watch and listen, gig after gig, week after week, as Carl's affaire with his newest love would evolve.  He was unrelenting in his investigation of each and every minute detail as he romanced each new tune to life.  This was not a quick process by any stretch of the imagination ...


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The very best advice that I can offer in regard to what to do with your life, is to tell you to follow your calling and do whatever it is that you love to do most.  You will do yourself no favors in life if you force yourself (or are forced by others) to do something that you either hate or about which you feel apathy because in doing so, you will choose a life of misery ...


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Correct vocal mechanics are essential.  Without that foundation, you'll never be able to sing with physical ease and you will always be at risk for vocal damage. However, another essential part of the equation is artistry.  Artistry encompasses 

 

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There are no halfway measures in music.  If you really want to go pro, you have to do what it takes to get there.  TV programs like "The Voice" and "American Idol," etc., give the impression that stardom can be instantaneous but that is a fallacy, a one in a billion chance.  And even if you were one of the lucky few, you would still have to master the skills to maintain your success.  Either that or risk being a "one hit wonder" or one of those whose voice has to be electronically altered via artificial means, which in turn would mean that you cannot stand on your own two feet musically-speaking.

 

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