• February 26, 2015
  • 7:00 pm
  • California Institute of Integral Studies
    1453 Mission Street
    San Francisco, CA 94103
Add to Calendar 02/26/2015 7:00 pm 02/26/2015 America/Los_Angeles The Poetry of Buika Reading Poetry with Buika. California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
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Join Grammy nominated singer and songwriter Concha Buika for an intimate evening of poetry and creative dialogue. Buika will read selected poems from her latest book followed by a question-and-answer session with the audience. Non-native Spanish speakers will be provided a short summary of the selection of poems Buika will perform including one fully translated poem from Spanish to English. For enthusiasts of Buika's music this is a unique opportunity to interact with an artist who rarely appears in front of small audiences. Books will be available for purchase on site and Buika will be available to sign any book purchased at the event once the reading concludes. A special access ticket is available as well to those who would like the opportunity to attend a pre-reading meet-and-greet with Buika.

Buika (María Concepción Balboa Buika) was born on May 11th 1972 in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, the daughter of African parents. She lives in Miami Florida.

Hailed as a star in contemporary World Music/Jazz/Flamenco/Fusion, Buika is blessed with a remarkable voice; raw and smoky, but with a tenderness that hits right at the heart, vibrantly deploying her rich, sensual and husky instrument, best described as 'velvet gravel'.

It has been said that, "Buika combines all styles along with her emotionally charged lyrics and a broken sensuality in her voice". Rare is the artist to garner comparisons to Nina Simone, Chavela Vargas and Cesarea Evora, but Buika in her own unique way has been compared to them all.  

Buika performs all around the world and sings and communicates in multiple languages. She works without limitations, a fact reflected in the variety of her collaborations, including Pat Metheny, Anoushka Shankar, Chick Korea, Niño Josele, Mariza, Bebo y Chucho Valdes, Javier Limon, Charles Aznavour, Luz Casal, Seal, Armando Manzanero and Nelly Furtado.  

Her last album "La Noche Más Larga" (The Longest Night) her 7th, is her most diverse. She continues to break down the walls that surround Flamenco and Copla, the root sources of everything she does, but a tradition that can't contain her ever-evolving vision. The album charted in such diverse countries as the USA, Spain, France, the UK, Holland, Turkey, Mexico and Argentina. Most significantly, Buika wrote and was credited for nearly half of the songs.  

Her most remarkable soundtrack and film collaboration took place in 2011, when Director Pedro Almodovar featured her in his movie "La piel que habito" (The Skin I Live in).  

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February 26, 2015
CIIS Main Building
$35 general admission
$50 includes meet and greet,
& reserved seating
Books will be available for purchase, with a booksigning to follow!
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