In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Osvaldo Vargas Mora, musician and drummer of Tico, found the motivation and the space to produce his first contemporary jazz album. With its launch, the artist seeks to publicize his music and what it expresses. Over the next few months, Vargas will present it live in the country and is set to tour in Mexico.
“This record production is relevant and particular to the Costa Rican music scene because” Paths is one of the few albums directed, produced and with original tracks and arrangements by a jazz drummer in the countryside. In addition, it interweaves traditional jazz harmonies and elements such as swing, as well as metrics and irregular rhythms characteristic of contemporary jazz, ”explained Osvaldo Vargas.
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The album includes three original compositions and three standard jazz arrangements
In addition to Vargas on drums, compositions and arrangements, three of the most important musicians of the Costa Rican jazz scene participated: guitarist Edgar Sequeira (Master in Jazz Performance, FIU, USA), saxophonist Josh Quinlan ( Doctor in Jazz Studies from the University of Colorado) and Fernando Víquez bassist and double bass player with extensive experience in the national music scene.
Relief and Hope
“This album was born in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, due to the need to express and convey through music a sense of relief, as well as hope for the future and new ‘paths’. that can be borrowed or taken back from those difficult times for everyone, ”comments the artist in relation to the motivation to carry out this project.
“As an artist, this recording is the culmination of a lot of hard work, learning and long-standing studies, first for almost 8 years in the United States and then in Costa Rica. In addition to many lived experiences, the exploration of his own emotions and of what I saw and lived around me ”.
The name of the album was born from the idea of the different paths that life presents us, the roads to be explored, as well as the decisions which make us take one path or another and which lead us to live unique experiences.
Pre-production of the album began with the composition of “Paths», The piece that gives his name, as well as Syzygy and Cleo’s Blues, in addition to the arrangement of three jazz standards; Long Ago and Far Away, I Love You and Skylark, all written by Osvaldo Vargas.
It was recorded in July of this year at Lucuma Estudio, in Cartago. Later it was mixed in Miami, by Fabrizzio Montero and finally mastered by Jorge Guri also at Lucuma Estudio. The artwork on the album cover was designed by Mexican artist and illustrator Ivonne Girón Castillo.
“Caminos” is available on Spotify and Apple Music, as well as other download platforms. To learn more about the artist and his live performances, you can follow his social networks, FB: @ osvaldo.vargasmora and IG: @osvaldovm.