On Wednesdays, we look at artist/design statements or About pages and discuss the best vocabulary to describe the work. Today we’ll look at the About page of Lara Bello, a Spanish singer/songwriter.
Here is the text from her About page, in italics.
Born in Granada, Spain and now based in New York, singer/song-writer, Lara Bello conveys the music of her hometown: Flamenco, Arabic melodies and Mediterranean roots masterfully fused with African and Latin American rhythms. Her magical voice expressively touches your heart whilst her poetic lyrics take you on a beautiful journey.
She has performed extensively around the word with her band, playing at such prestigious venues as the Kennedy Center in Washington DC (selected by the Embassy of Spain as Best Spanish Artist in the European Month of the City, 2014), Auditorium of The Aga Khan Museum (Toronto, Canada), Auditorio Radio IMER (México DF), Beijing Ninegates Festival (National Library of Beijing, China) as well as concerts in Colombia, Japan, New York, Germany and many others. Lara Bello also performed at The Damascus International Jazz Festival 2010, just a few months before the conflict began in Syria.
In 2017, Lara Bello will be presenting a new album featuring some of the most highly esteemed musicians from New York and Spain including Richard Bona, Lionel Loueke, Jorge Pardo, Carles Benavent among others. The album is meticulously produced by renowned arranger and composer, Gil Goldstein.
Now my comments:
This About page has a lot of good content. First, we get a little of Bello’s background, and how it influenced her. Then we learn about what makes her music unique. Next, we learn about some of the places she has performed, and finally, she tells us about her latest work.
If she wanted to add even more content, she could talk about the meaning or message of her music or her goals for making it. She could describe her process or technique. Or, she could discuss the challenges she’s faced or how her sound has evolved as a result of them.
She uses some very descriptive language on her page. First, when talking about her music, she uses the phrase masterfully fused. Fused means to put two or more things together, and masterfully means like a master. In other words, her music combines elements of all these different styles. She uses words like magical, expressively, poetic, and beautiful to give us a feeling of wonder and loveliness. She also uses the phrase touches your heart which appeals to our feelings.
Extensively is a way to say she has sung in many places, and prestigious means respected or important. Highly esteemed also means well-respected or important. Meticulously means it was produced very carefully or exactly, and renowned means famous or admired. So by looking at the words she uses, we get the feeling that this artist’s work is beautiful, important, and very well-made.
Choosing the best words to describe your work can be difficult. A language coach can help you express yourself in English more effectively and teach you the vocabulary you need to succeed. Understanding the little differences between words can help you to present your work to the world with confidence.
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I’ve chosen 5 words or phrases for you to focus on today. They are in bold. If you don’t know them, look up the meaning, synonyms, antonyms, and other forms of these words. You can find links to Merriam-Webster dictionary sites at the bottom of this page.
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