At the age of 18, Camila began attending one of the few jazz schools in Chile, where her potential as a great musician was immediately discovered. Her tutors and professors, all well-known jazz musicians in Chile, began inviting her to perform with them, and encouraged her to develop her instrumental and vocal skills. Within a couple of years, she was already leading her own groups and ensambles with the best young musicians in Chile. Camila Meza’s career and reputation in Chile grew quickly.
Soon after establishing her own ensembles, she was invited to participate in jazz festivals all over the country, TV shows and radio stations. At the age of 22, she recorded her first album “Skylark” (Vértice Records 2007). In July of 2009, she recorded her most recent album “Retrato” ("Portrait", Vértice Records 2009), which exhibits a range of musical genres Camila has arranged into jazz compositions. From an intimate duo arrangement of “Poema 15”, poem by chilean poet Pablo Neruda’s and music by chilean folklore singer Victor Jara, to the acoustic sextet version of Bjork's “Isobel”.
Camila's arrangements, performed in both english and spanish, convey her exceptional versatility and talent as an artist and musician. Since her arrival in New York City in 2009, Camila Meza has had the opportunity to meet, play with and learn from great musicians and important figures such as Peter Bernstein, Vic Juris, Jonathan Kreisberg, Billy Harper, Charlie Persip, pianist Barry Harris, Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts, Vijay Iyer and Cassandra Wilson. She also has had the opportunity to perform at a variety of venues in the city with experienced musicians such as Harry Whitaker, Bucky Pizzarelli, Jack Wilkins, Pat O’Leary, John Benitez, Jason Lindner, Gabriel Alegria, Yayo Serka, Ziv Ravitz, Luisito Quintero, Edward Perez and Freddy ‘Huevito’ Lobaton. In the present, she has weekly performances in New York City jazz clubs such as Tutuma Social Club, Bar Next Door, Fat Cat, The Garage, Jules Jazz Bistro, Caffe Vivaldi, Shrine, Puppets Jazz Bar, among others, and has been invited to summer festivals as the IX Festival Internacional de Jazz Peru on May 2010. "Camila approaches songs with a zest and poetic innocence that gives them fresh life and intelligence." - Marc Myers, Jazz Wax.
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