Montserrat Franco, singer-songwriter whose versatile career has spanned the world from Latin America to the Middle East. Featured as CNN en Español’s “Woman of the Week” and in other media such as Univision and the Miami Herald, this polyglot speaks and sings in seven languages, all with her own distinctive mastery and flair.
Broadening her prodigious array of talents, she researched and practiced diverse styles ranging from jazz, flamenco, Sephardic music, opera, Latin American folk music and world sound. Montserrat is not only an accomplished artist, but she is also a passionate researcher of world music. She has both produced and recorded several CDs in Israel and the USA along with research projects in the ethnomusicology of Sephardic music of the Jews in pre-Inquisition Spain and the music and culture of the Guarani ethnic group of Paraguay. The Ethnic Jazz Project “Nueva” brought her to jazz concerts in Australia and Israel. With “Songs of Inspiration” and “Sephardic Romances and Kantigas”, Montserrat toured extensively in Italy, Croatia and the Caribbean Islands. Montserrat Franco includes a mix of her own compositions and standards incorporating Miami’s sweet & spicy tropical aroma combined with an international flavor and classical music nuances.
She has performed classical, jazz and her own compositions in concerts around the world with prestigious symphonic and chamber orchestras, as well with jazz and urban bands. Montserrat Franco is a Recording Academy (Grammy ©) voting member for both Latin and American Awards and ASCAP member.
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