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Bianca Morales

Biography

Bianca Morales is a renown recording and performing jazz vocalist and composer. In recent years her international career has been in full swing. Audiences in concerts, festivals and clubs all over the world has welcomed her warm hearted. After releasing the English version of the Unelmaloma Roomassa-album called When in Rome, she has been invited to perform this original nostalgic jazz music in Italy: Rome, Pescara, Sicily and Sardinia, Russia: Moscow, Novosibirsk, Tomsk, Barnaul, Ufa and Perm, Turkey: Istanbul, Bulgaria: Bansko, Belarus: Minsk and Volkovysk, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania and jazz clubs in Los Angeles. Fronting the most talented local Big Bands and Jazz Combos has been a great way to get to know fellow musicians in different cultures.

 

Bianca celebrated her 30 years in the music business 2014. Her professional career as a singer started in 1984 after winning the first Spring Tune Competition arranged by the Finnish nationwide MTV3 Channel. Bianca co-wrote the winning funky reggae tune Our Party as well as all songs on the album Our Party with Bianca Morales & FF (Fast Forward). The vinyl LP was released internationally and Bianca and the band toured successfully around Finland in two years. Beside the touring in the 1980s Bianca was a DJ, radio host and founded her own company Bianca Morales Productions Oy in 1989. In the 1990s started her career in the theatre. First plays were Laivalastillinen jazzia 70 years of Finnish jazz, Godspell and Kuvan laulu (songs inspired of paintings) following 20th Century Blues in honour of the Millenium at the Swedish Theatre in Helsinki. Biancas latest musical role was in Hairspray at Helsinki City Theatre in 2005-2006. Marc Shaiman with some other very important and very impressed key persons from New York attended the opening night in Helsinki.

 

Bianca has collaborated with American songwriters, lyricists and arrangers over 20 years. Singer, lyricist, screenwriter Judy Lamppu from Los Angeles, has written lyrics to two critically acclaimed albums, Ive Been Dreamin and When in Rome. Composer and musician Larry Price, USA/Finland, wrote five beautiful songs on the album When in Rome. To the same album Bianca co-wrote seven of the songs together with lyricist and composer Maria Parr. General Strike (Yleislakko in Finnish) reached the top ten and got a honourable mention in the International Songwriting Competitions Jazz category. Via Veneto reached the top ten in the American Songwriting Competition in Latin category. Jonathan David Neal, also from Los Angeles, wrote fantastic string arrangements for the albums nostalgic original jazz tunes. Four demos were recorded in Los Angeles with American string players and a harpist. All arrangements are available for philharmonic orchestras and big bands who are interested in new fresh easy listening jazz concert repertoire.

 

Bianca has a big heart for childrens music. Collaboration with Lois Skiera-Zucek started in Los Angeles in 1993 and has been a great success. In the late 1990s YLE (Finnish Broadcasting Company) produced two series, altogether 24, music videos for kids titled Save The Animals, Save The Earth and Swinging Chef. Most of the songs are by Lois, but Bianca and Maria Parr (aka Merja Partanen) also wrote some of the songs. Each song features a different music style such as rap, cha-cha, salsa, samba, swing, reggae and bossanova. Bianca performs these popular songs in live concerts with children choirs, junior bands, Youth Orchestras with horns and strings and big bands both in Finland and abroad.

 

The International Pori Jazz Festival, est. 1966, has hosted an impressive list of greatest jazz and rhythm musicians during the past 51 years. In 2005 it started a groundbreaking project. In addition to the main festival, the Pori Jazz ry arranges a special music festival experience for kids and families. Bianca Morales was invited to create the concept of the Pori Jazz Kids Festival and also to produce the festival (2005-2015). In the year 2016 and from now on Bianca wants to focus more on her own recording and performing artist career and also finding new collaborating partners both in performing and writing music.

 

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Discography

CD:s

2017 RMC-Records, "The best of Åke's Jazz Festival 2016 & 2017" (Live at the New Pavilion, Grankulla), Grani Big Band with friends featuring Monica Aspelund, Johanna Grussner, Bianca Morales, Hans Backenroth, Fredrik Erlandsson, Jukka Perko, Marian & Mihai Petrescu, Vladimir Shafranov and Ulf Johansson-Werre.

2011 Beem Records/Musiikkia Sipoossa Ry, "Jokipuiston orkesteri featuring Bianca Morales & Pepe Ahlqvist"

2007 Beem Records, "When in Rome" the English version of "Unelmaloma Roomassa"-CD with UMO Jazz Orchestra and BEEM Jazz Combo. The CD was released in January 2007.

2005, "Gospel- ja Joulukonsertti"-CD, Gospel and Christmas songs performed by Viihdekuoro Kehrät and Bianca Morales

2005 Beem Records, "Yhteinen Maailmamme"- children’s music edutainment CD including all the 14 original theme songs from "Save The Animals, Save The Earth"- music video series. This album was co-produced with WWF Finland.

2004, Jaso "Kosketa minua Henki"- gospel album with Bianca Morales, The Jazz Society Big Band and the a cappella group "Fantastic Four"

2003, Beem Records "Unelmaloma Roomassa", jazz album with UMO Jazz Orchestra and Beem Jazz Combo

2000, Beem Records "I´ve been dreamin´..." pop-latin-jazz-groove

1996, Tatsia-Musiikki "Säästämme luontoa, suojelemme eläimiä" children’s music edutainment album "Save the Animals, Save the Earth"

1991, Base-Beat "The Nearness of You" a jazz standard album with Bianca Morales & Markku Johansson Sextet

 

 LP:s

1984, Polarvox "Our Party" all original music sung in English by Bianca and her funky band called the FF band (Fast Forward)

1981, Grani Big Band ry, "Cavalcade" jazz album with Grani Big. Bianca's first album recorded when Bianca at age 14.

 

EP:s

2002 Beem Records, "Spell remix"-EP including three remixes and the original version of the “Spell”-song from the” I've been dreamin'” album.

 

Singles

2000 Beem Records, "Rannalla sannalla” / “Summer Night” / “Parhaan saan" / “Higher Love" single cuts from the "I've been dreamin'”...-CD

1999 Beem Records, "Rakkauden maa” / “Rainbow" single cuts from the "I've been dreamin'” CD

1984 Polarvox, "Our party"-single cut from the "Our Party"-LP

1984 Polarvox, "Get up and dance"-maxisingle cut from the "Our Party"-LP

1983 Hi-Hat, "Tonight” / “Gone Gone" a single with the Harry Lime band

1981 Kompass Records "Dance Your Life away” / “I have to go"-pop-dance music composed for Bianca

1981 Mezzo-Sävel, "Can't help falling in love” / “Dinah", Bianca and Grani Big Band. (Bianca's first recordings, a tribute to Elvis Presley and Louis Armstrong.)

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Bianca Morales & The New F.F. Band

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Bianca Morales & The New F.F. Band on m/s Finlandia. Saturday Night´s Party Cruises in February, April, June, August and November in 2017.

Swinging Sunday Fun!

Bianca Morales & Zhenia Gimer on m/s Finlandia.
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When in Rome String Project

Collaboration with big bands and orchestras. Jonathan David Neal wrote fantastic string arrangements for the albums original jazz tunes. Four demos were recorded in Los Angeles. All arrangements are available. For more details, please contact us by email.

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