Paz del Castillo
The youngest of three girls, her mother had already brought a piano into the house for her older sisters.
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She remembers, "I boarded the train slowly, listening to those lessons, and watching through the door -- fingering the keys...her mother decided she should start taking lessons to see how it would be for her. She continued while her sisters abandoned the piano when they were teenagers." Her teenage years were right about the time Paz started to really connect with the music. It transformed into more than something she was learning, it soon became her life. No longer did she want to be a carpenter, but rather a musician.
A self-proclaimed "kaleidoscope," it's hard for Paz to pinpoint where the influences from her sound and style exactly comes from. From listening to her mother's vinyl collection that spanned from Glen Miller to Elvis, to "stealing" her sisters' Beatles and Rolling Stones albums. All of their music played a part in developing her growth. As she got older and the '80s rolled around, she started to find herself emerged in movie soundtracks composed by John Barry, John Williams and Ennio Morricone. While she isn't so big on the mainstream today, it was the concrete for her musical foundation back in the day. Then of course are her classical favorites -- "I identify more with the music of Beethoven, Schubert and Brahms, Neoclassical, before 19th century, the depth, consistency and use of harmony, characteristic of them, but I also identify with Bach." She notes that her teachers, like Rosa Maria Kucharski played a significant part in the artist she is today, as well as notable places in Madrid that breathe inspiration like the Royal Palace and Puerta de Alcala.
The one thing I've always loved about music, is that it is truly universal -- especially music that's void of lyrics. The emotion stems from the fingertips of the artist and until I took music appreciation in college , I did not really grasp that." On the universality of her music, Paz thinks, "No matter if the person who hears it is European, American or Asian, an elder or a child -- They will be felt in this way, each one in their own way, with more or less intensity."
Her first album "MOODS FOR PIANO" was a revelation in the instrumental solo piano world. It was recorded at Seventh Wave Studios in San Francisco USA and produced by Suzanne Ciani, it brought newness and freshness with tracks like Bolinas, which opens the album. It was reissued under the same label with new artistic edition.
In 2012 "ELEVEN DROPS" is published, recorded at Infinity Studios - Madrid (Spain) was attended by Pedro Baselga sound engineer who was responsible for recording, editing and mixing and mastering by Pablo Baselga. It would not be the first time Paz works with the P&P Brothers-- It is also released under Neuronium Label, Spain BCN, with the support of Michel Huygen, who personally handled design in full of the Artwork, painting the cover. "LATIENDO" first track, is like a heart beat, is one of the tracks which gives us the meaning of this "ELEVEN DROPS."
Produced by the artist, the album was well received by both the public and critics nationally and internationally, which have echoed her work defining it as "high quality, beauty and technique" (Joe Carroccio - 11Radio.com), or "beautiful! Personally I think that it is the best one of the three..." (Miguel Angel Espigares "When I stop time" Radioshow- Granada Radio). Then from the US Agency The Creative Service Company through its President Randall Davis, personally took charge of the promotion in USA and Canada, radio media and press.
In that year, Paz went directly into the Top 100 Zone Music Reporter for several months staying at number 39 as the only Spanish Artist, with her previous live album "Secrets of the Heart," which itself has expressed emotion and illusion in this new campaign. Now her album "ELEVEN DROPS" was heavily involved in the highest positions of the charts for five months, going directly to the TOP 10, 100, and reaching into ZONEMUSIC REPORTER in the month of January 2013 the No. 1 thanks MUSIC CHOICE selected as a nominee in it's category to qualify for BEST PIANO SOLO ALBUM of 2015 by SOLOPIANO RADIO CHANNEL, one of the best radio stations that broadcast only piano music worldwide, ranks No. 17 about 5000 radio channels.
The new album was published in 2015. The title of Paz's new work will be: "NOW" recorded at Infinity Studios-Madrid again, and it has been produced by the artist. It's available in CD, physical stores and digitally through the usual music websites. This album has been published thanks to collaboration between Paz and The Borderline Music Label, Granada-Spain. The public will find eight tracks, eight works for piano solo in the personal styleof Paz, but with new ideas, new colors that will sure please the audience and music lovers.
A CD that add to the library of many people, and among her previous CD's: "MOODS FOR PIANO," "SECRETS..." "NOW" is an affirmation, a statement of intent, a simple and beauty vision of the present, of our daily lives: nature, friendship, impressions, mother's love, etc...
The album put directly into the TOP 10 of American and Canadian charts within the INSTRUMENTAL genre, (ZONE MUSIC REPORTER) in December 2015, #5 as TOP 10 RECORDINGS of the month, and recently has been selected as a nominee in it's category to qualify for BEST PIANO SOLO ALBUM of 2015 by SOLOPIANO RADIO CHANNEL, one of the best radio stations that broadcast only piano music worldwide, ranks No. 17 about 5000 radio channels.
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