Performing at the GPAC 4/17/2013 – Introduction by Victor Wooten
Niko Lyras – Guitar / Randy Polk – Bass / Jason Clark – Keys / Steve Potts – Drums / Billy Ramirez – Percussion.
“Victor Wooten has long been regarded as one of the world’s greatest musicians. As a member of Bela Fleck’s Flecktones, and a band leader in his own right, Wooten has spent the last 25 years racking up achievements and honors: he’s a multiple Grammy winner, perennial bass player of the year, and was named as one of Rolling Stone’s greatest bassists of all time.
His current band lineup features Krystal Peterson on vocals, and his opening act at GPAC will be local songstress Marcela Pinilla, with whom he recently collaborated on a track for her forthcoming album. Wooten plans on having Pinilla guest perform during his set as well.”
Hailed as one of the top ten bassists of all time by Rolling Stone Magazine, five-time Grammy winner Victor Wooten will take the Germantown Performing Art Center stage with his technical virtuosity on Wednesday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Opening for Wooten will be Memphis-based singer/songwriter Marcela Pinilla. Specializing in modern Latin Jazz Fusion, she croons an eclectic style that combines the fire of South America, the cultural melting pot of Southeast Asia, and the heart of Soulsville USA.
“Marcela Pinilla — the Youth and Delinquency Award. An internationally known singer, Pinilla moved to Memphis a few years ago to experience the city’s music community. She works at the Community Legal Clinic while also serving on the board of the Overton Park Conservancy.”
“Opus One’s latest journey took a tour of Latin influences with mesmerizing singer/writer Marcela Pinilla.
The Colombian chanteuse is the latest in a series of local musicians to collaborate with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra’s conductorless enterprise. Variety has been a hallmark of the pairings, as Opus One has performed with Al Kapone, Amy LaVere, Susan Marshall, Joyce Cobb and Harlan T. Bobo (and will mix it up with Lucero in May).”
Marcela in Memphis’ Commercial Appeal — One language: Global couple keep home base in Memphis, focus on shared values
Matt Farr, 28, a Memphis native, took his Colombian wife, Marcela Pinilla, 29, on her first-ever canoe trip along the Eleven Point River in Missouri shortly after the couple moved to Memphis in 2009. The first day was great.
The second day: “It was a little colder than I expected for April — 35 degrees — and foggy. Within the first hour on the river, a gust of wind blew us into a strainer in the middle of the river,” explains Farr. The couple hit the downed tree head-on, turned sideways and capsized, the current pulling them both underwater.
By the time they got back to shore, they were exhausted and soaking wet. As Farr started a fire, Pinilla turned to him and said, “Thank you. I have never felt so alive.”