Friday, December 9th, 2016
Outpost Performance Space
210 Yale Blvd SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106-4014
Guitarist and singer, Claudio Tolousse, a 2013 graduate in Jazz Studies from the University of New Mexico, celebrates his debut release, The Story of, Part 1, recorded in New Orleans and described by Tolousse as “lyrical storytelling grounded in soul, with hints of pop, harmonized and improvised with jazz.” Tolousse spent a semester at the University of New Orleans in the spring of 2012 where he says he found his calling to be an artist and where he collaborated with many musicians, several of whom are heard on the CD. “The city has a way of welcoming you for whoever you are/want to be,” says Tolousse. “The musicians there speak the language of music, without constraint of genres or rules, all the while respecting and recognizing where we are in the history and moment of American Music.” Since graduating UNM, Tolousse has been traveling the country playing his music, studying the music of other cultures, and exploring his talents in sculpture and visual art. That exploration inspired Tolousse to collaborate with six painters/sculptors while recording the CD, wherein each artist, plus Tolousse himself, created a work of art using the music as inspiration. Tonight, with his band mates from NOLA, he presents an intimate recreation of The Story of, Part 1, plus songs that will be on future recordings. It’s Claudio Tolousse on guitar and vocals; John Maestas, guitar; Wilbur Thompson, bass; Jeronne Ansari, saxophones; and Alfred Jordan, drums.