Sarah Quintana

Incorporating the Nature to the Songs

It is very exciting to take something organic such as rain and water, and recreating it into something so structured such as a song. Sarah Quintana sees art, math, geometry, and nature as mirroring itself, so she didn’t struggle a lot with coming up with creative ideas. It was not at all surprising that the Mississippi River had already been incorporated to the rhythm of various popular songs. When you begin a conversation about the Mississippi Delta area, you are likely to begin the conversation with some of the original spirituals, work songs, Lead Belly, as well as other pioneers of American music and blues. It’s pretty heavy stuff and Sarah Quintana has a great appreciation for African-American culture and the influence it has had on the music industry.

In order to capture water current rhythms, Sarah Quintana purchased a hydronic online. A hydronic is a military-grade microphone that is popular with people who like to record whale songs. When Sarah Quintana acquired the hydronic, she used it at a variety of river depths to see which depth created the sound she was looking for. She discovered that the closer you get to the banks, the more rhythmic the tracks become. The further away you move from the bank, the more you begin to pick up industrial-type sounds and sounds of water vessels rumbling. However, it is still all found in the River.

Miss River features a quote about hope, stating that it does not matter how you got where you are, as long as you understand where you are in relation to where you are headed. This quote is a bit sneaky and was inspired by her time as a resident. During Sarah Quintana’s residency, she had a very special relationship with Lucianne Carmichael. One day, as Sarah Quintana woke up to capture the sounds of raindrops and birds, she saw Lucianne Carmichael on her words and she uttered the words on the quote to her. At the moment, it seemed like a random quote. However, the more Sarah Quintana thought about it, the more she realized that it was an integral part of life and the creative process. Sometimes when you are doing all you can to achieve forward momentum, things might seem a little overwhelming. Sometimes it feels like you are a little hummingbird trying to put out a fire with only a beakful of water. However, it is astounding the number of small miracles that occur when you reflect on the moment and discover your current position and where you are heading.

When Sarah Quintana is not performing or writing she enjoys Jivamukti Yoga. This is quite a delightful way to relax a person’s mind. The Jivamukti Tribe is a close relative of the Ashtanga Yoga and features a significant animal rights component. They are well-known vegan yogis. Sarah Quintana also offers private voice lessons to people who are beginning their musical journey to help them grow artistically.…

The Inspirations of Sarah Quintana’s Albums

The idea of Miss River came to Sarah Quintana during her residency when she was exploring bowls and cups and their relationship with soundwaves and water. The Delta Demitasse was itself a metaphor referring to New Orleans (a bowl) and its relation to the Mississippi River. Fundamentally, the unique process that led to the creation of the record differs from what you currently hear. It was a bit more spacious and featured a lot of documenting and improvisation with video and audio. Miss River was more of Sarah Quintana sitting down and deciding to create a catchy album with a relevant name. As Sarah Quintana was creating Miss River, she explored female archetypes and the River as not only a destructive and creative force but also life-giving and nurturing. It was also an exciting way to respond to Ol’ Man River, the American Songbook that portrays River Mississippi as an indifferent man. Sarah Quintana knew how important the song was culturally, and wanted to create a deeper conversation with the river. Consequently, it became a study of the river’s various personalities and feminine natures through songs.

Sarah Quintana’s approach to The World Has Changed was in some aspects different from that of the subsequent album, Miss River. For instance, The World has Changed, was more of a collection of tunes. When Sarah Quintana created her first album, not a lot of women were in the jazz industry, and she was just starting to feel her way around the jazz scene. At the time, Ingrid Lucia was the only woman Sarah Quintana knew in the local jazz industry, so she approached Ingrid to produce her first album. The album was tasteful and the performances fantastic. However, with regards to the process, the level of Sarah Quintana’s voice and guitar playing was not as good in her first album as it was in her second album. Her residency really gave her time to ask herself essential aesthetic questions which helped her grow musically.

Miss River was inspired by the answers she got from her music aesthetic exploration. Miss River was more of art than a collection of tunes, and Sarah Quintana had found true originality. With the help of Dave Glasser and Mark Bingham, she was able to turn her artistic concepts into songs. One of the great things Sarah Quintana enjoyed during her residency was an abundance of talented players who had a significant appreciation for the creative process.

Pedal steel guitar makes Sarah Quintana’s music sweet and special. It is like chantilly on a cake. In Miss River, Sarah Quintana collaborated with Richard Comeaux on a blues tune that ended up becoming the album’s anthem. Duncan Symonds was also very instrumental in the live band.…

An American Singer-Songwriter From New Orleans

Sarah Quintana is a singer-songwriter from New Orleans with a background in folk and jazz music. A committed composer and instrumentalist, and charming performer, Sarah Quintana was born and raised on the Mississippi River delta in New Orleans–a place known for having a diverse and rich cultural heritage as well as natural resources. She uses her music to pay tribute to the fragility and strength of Louisiana’s environment and traditions. The Delta Demitasse, Sarah Quintana’s latest work, is a series of videos and music produced by Kat Sotelo at A Studio in the Woods and partially financed by Commonwealth Financial. The work debuted in New Orleans in November 2013 at the Contemporary Arts Center and is available on CD BABY and DVD. Sarah Quintana’s background is rich in roots music–cajun, blues, and folk–and she incorporates this with a little twist into her music and interpretation of the classics. Sarah Quintana is best known for her vocal range and style. However, Quintana’s first love is the guitar. A guitar, being a harmonic instrument, is ideal for singing jazz and this was helpful when she was just beginning to sing. Sarah Quintana attended NOCCA where she studied jazz and later honed her musical talent by working with French and American Musicians. Presently, Sarah Quintana divides her time between France and New Orleans and La Companie Nine Spirit with Raphael Imbert, the lead saxophonist. Sarah Quintana also tours with American and French artists in a variety of jazz formations. They work together on a wide repertoire of French, folk, jazz, Americana, compositions, and standards. Sarah Quintana has also studied the Roy Hart vocal technique under Kaya Anderson and Linda Wise and is a Pantheater member.

About one decade ago, Sarah Quintana was splitting her time between gigs here at home and in France. Her first local performance was at The Spotted Cat. It was during her first show that Sarah Quintana determined that she would pursue a career in music and be part of the culturally rich New Orleans music scene. In 2012, Sarah Quintana released her debut album, The World Has Changed. She later received an artist residency at A Studio in the Woods and this allowed her to grow significantly as a musician. During her residency at A Studio in the Woods, Sarah Quintana explored the dynamics between sound and water in The Delta Demitasse. Sarah Quintana later released Miss River, her subsequent album produced by Dave Glasser and Mark Bingham, which she performed in some of the most coveted venues in New Orleans. Throughout her music career, Sarah Quintana has done her best to create fantastic music and her journey is proof that hard work pays.

Sarah Quintana celebrated the release of Miss River at Preservation Hall, in an event that was magical. The timing for the album’s release was fantastic. It was just between Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest, transitioning smoothly to spring and summer events. Miss River had significant influence from Sarah Quintana’s overseas tours where she encountered various artists who helped her grow musically. Sarah Quintana did 2 tours with a band in France, and a three-month contract comprising seventy-two shows with a booking agent to perform Louisiana music in theatres during the evening and in schools. In doing so, Sarah Quintana learned a great deal about the music industry. The journey also saw Sarah Quintana recommit to her goals regardless of the unknowns.…