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About Sarah Quintana

Tom McDermott

“Sarah Quintana is a hugely promising presence on the New Orleans music scene, a favorite singer who can deliver classic New Orleans jazz and French chanson with equal skill.”

About Me.

Sarah Quintana is a singer-songwriter from New Orleans with a background rich in jazz, folk and popular music. She is a charming performer, devoted guitarist and her voice is instantly recognizable. Quintana attended The New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and received a CODOFIL heritage scholarship, which sent her to France as a teen. Quintana splits her time between the US and France, working alongside Michael Doucet of BeauSoleil, saxophonist Raphael Imbert, touring on her own repertoire with French and American musicians. Quintana is a member of the Pantheatre (Linda Wise and Enrique Pardo) as well as a hatha yoga instructor. In her latest studio recording, Daddy Lies (Independent 2017), Quintana collaborates with Mark Bingham.

Sarah Quintana grew up in New Orleans where live music is ingrained many aspects of daily life. In 2010 she went from singing on the streets of Provence with a traveling circus, to the stages of the Jazz and Heritage Festival and later, the Lincoln Center for Mid-Summer Swing with The New Orleans Moonshiners. In 2012, Quintana was awarded an artist residency at A Studio in the Woods where she composed "Miss River," music with water.

Biographie de Sarah Quintana en Français:

Quintana a grandi à La Nouvelle-Orléans où la musique en performance fait partie de la ville quotidienne. Son apprentissage de la guitare a commencé à l’âge de douze ans. Elle a fait ses études de lycée au New Orleans Center for Creative Arts comme une étudiante de jazz de Kent Jordan en 2000. Ancienne étudiante du prestigieux Benjamin Franklin High School, elle a reçu le BA en littérature anglaise et en français de Loyola University New Orleans et  une bourse du CODOFIL pour étudier en France.

En 2005 KATRINA a interrompu ses études en France; l’ouragan l’a affectée en la faisant perdre amis, membres de famille et maison. C’est alors qu’elle a voyagé par le monde et s’est installée en France. Elle attribue sa carrière de chanteuse au mal du pays, un désir de retrouver sa maison, son état de Louisiane.

En 2009, après avoir chanté dans les rues de Provence au sud de La France ou elle a fais la rencontre de Marion Rampal et Raphael Imbert, Quintana s’est trouvée sur l’estrade de Lagniappe au New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival et sur l’estrade de Preservation Hall de Voodoo Fest. En juin 2010, Quintana a chanté à Lincoln Center New York avec les New Orleans Moonshiners pour les séries de Mid-Summer Night Swing. Elle a sortie 3 albums avec eux dans le moyeu de swing et New Orleans Traditional Jazz avant de lancer sa carrière solo singer-songwriter.  Elle enregistre sa troisième album en Octobre 2018 à la Nouvelle- Orleans sur les lettres d'amour de la deuxième guerre mondiale.

Accolades

Vocal Performance History

1000+ performances with Michael Doucet (Compass Records), BeauSoleil, Leyla McCalla, Archie Shepp, The Generationals, Raphael Imbert, Sarah Quintana and the Miss River Band, The New Orleans Moonshiners, and Les Jeunesses Musicales de France and The Iguanas, including:

  • The Blue Bird Cafe, Nashville (2021)

  • Official Showcases at Folk Alliance International (2020)

  • Nick Spitzer's American Routes (2020)

  • National tours with Roots Music Agency (Berkeley, CA)

  •  International tours with La Companie 9 Spirit (Marseille, Fr)

  • The Ford Foundation Gallery in New York (2020)

  • The Smithsonian Hirschhorn Gallery (2018)

  • The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (10 + years)

  • French Quarter Festival (10 + years)

  • Le Festival Cinq Continents in Marseille, FR (2018)

  • The Big Island Blues Festival, Hawaii (2019)

  • Kingman Island Bluegrass Festival (2018)

  • The New Orleans Jazz Museum (2018-present)

  • The 20th Edition of “Chantes de Noel” PACA, FR (2016)

  • Black Pot Music Festival (2016)

  • The Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans (2015)

  • Jazz à Porquerolles (2014)

  • The Lincoln Center- Midsummer Swing (2014)

  • The Harwood Museum in Taos, NM (2013)

  • Preservation Hall and Jazz at Lincoln Center (2012)

Discography

  • Peter Stamphel’s 20 th Century, Red Hot Records (New Orleans) 2021

  •  Michael Doucet— Lacher Prise, Compass Records (Nashville) 2020

  • Sarah Quintana and Christophe Lampidecchia— Love Letters 2019, Piment Rouge (France)

  • The Generationals, In Green— Polyvinyl Record Co. 2019

  • Paul Sanchez— One More Trip Around the Sun 2018

  • Keith Porteous— Sound Refuge I & II 2018

  • Sarah Quintana— Daddy Lies 2018

  • Iguanas— Juarez 2017

  • Leyla McCalla— Day for the Hunter, 2018 Jazz Village (France)

  • Sarah Quintana— Miss River 2016

  • Cry You One, Soundtrack, 2016

  • Creating a Healthy Future for Sea Turtles, (Ocean Conservancy) 2015

  • Raphael Imbert- Music is my Home 2015 Harmonia Mundi (France)

  • Aurora Nealand and Tom McDermott— City of Timbers 2015

  • The New Orleans Moonshiners— Frenchman Street Parade 2014

  • Sarah Quintana— The World Has Changed 2013

  • My Louisiana Love, Soundtrack 2012

Teaching Experience

  • Performance-based music lessons for all ages (2015-present)

  • Annual Master Classes at Loyola, Tulane Universities and NOCCA (2017-present)

  • Music instructor at Fusion Academy Tysons 2017

  • Louisiana Certified Talented in Music/Theater Teacher 2014-2015

  • Associated Artist at Pantheatre, vocal and choreographic theatre (Paris, France)

  • Yoga and Meditation Instructor—500 Hour RYT (2010-present)