LORENA  isabell

 

Lorena Isabell was born in Santiago, Chile on September 18, 1970 and was baptized under the name of Lorena Isabel Guzmán Vargas.

From a very young age Lorena showed a great interest in music, causing her to teach herself guitar that years later she was able to translate to other Latino American string instruments such as the Cuatro and tiple.

As a teenager, during high school and college she actively participated in numerous singing competitions and concerts performing at folk clubs, schools and neighborhood events.

In 1990 she had the opportunity to be part of the academy of the Chilean Folkloric Ballet BAFOCHI introducing her to the purely folkloric world of Chilean music.

During this period she was immersed in a cultural environment of social music called new song and new Chilean song that had been brewing since the 1960s. This music gained momentum and increased popularity in the country as well as abroad during the military government from 1973-1988.

Her background in folkloric music fused with classical music and Jazz came about based on the varied musical friendships formed during that period.

Early during her internship (1994) at the Productora providencia (Chile) y DG Medios y Espectáculos (Chile), Lorena worked in the press department where she had the opportunity to work with groups and musicians of national and international renown such as Raúl Di Blasio, Los Pericos, Illapu, Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, Aerosmith , Rolling Stone, Megadeth, Cindy Lauper, Café Tacuba and Pet Shop Boys among many others.

In late 1994, Lorena traveled to San Diego, CA USA with her first husband and father of her two daughters.

Lorena is very well recognized in the environment of the Latin Bohemian music in San Diego earning the love and admiration of musicians in collaborative projects as well as a loyal following of fans that have been attracted to her emotional and heart felt performances for the last 25 years.

Lorena’s most successful collaborations has been with the debut of the song "Hoy" 18 years ago in a co-production in Hollywood Mexico of the American movie "The Price of Glory".

This same song has been newly arranged and produced again in Lorena’s current album release titled HOY.

Lorena has resided in San Diego, CA for the past 24 years living with her husband and three children.

 

 
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HOY THE ALBUM

 

Lorena Isabell has masterfully captured the essence of the Bolero, Bossa Nova, Joropo-fusion as well as the traditional and contemporary Latin ballad. This project takes you on a stylish journey through a musically rich and nostalgic Latin American world dating back to the 1940's. The lush and beautiful orchestrations are the vessel that propels you straight into the heart of each iconic composer of every song included in this collection. The uniquely haunting and emotional voice of Lorena guides you through an unforgettable musical experience bound to make you stop the mundane and, enter into a safe world of joy and affection as you listen for a brief moment in time.

Vocals, Guitar / Lorena Isabell
Producer/ Allan Phillips Music

 

LYRIC sheets

 

album release CONCERT 

HOY Sentiste Amor

A THANK YOU NOTE FROM LORENA ISABELL

 

     To my dear friends and fans, it has been one week since the premier concert. I couldn’t be more grateful and filled with joy by the posts, reposts and shares of the concert. I cannot stop acknowledging all of the beautiful comments and sharing of this unforgettable production that we were able to accomplish with our team, the press coverage and all of our fans’ presence. I have read every single comment and am forever grateful for the feedback and support. For those who know what it means to bring a production to this level and wonder about the visual and musical performance, I’d like to acknowledge all those involved starting from day one of the production of the album HOY.   I’d like to thank Juan Morones for being a great friend and composer who referred me to one of the greatest virtuoso producer/composer/arrangers I have ever met - Allan Phillips of APM Studio. Our team headed up by Halo CEO and executive producer Joseph A. Henseler, master mixing and recording engineer Alan Sanderson of Pacific Beat Studios – thanks for the good vibes.   I have to thank the composers of the original tracks on the album Juan Morones and Julio De La Huerta, and to all the composers of the cover songs that are available in the universe. For the work of all the visual arts and marketing I thank Gil Ruiz of Andycreative for his determination, open mind and talent. As well Bianca Barreto of Madame Creativa for her creativity and hard work. Felipe Barral of Igni Production for the production of the documentaries and copyediting. I am extremely grateful for all forms of the press and media exposure obtained by Laura Castaneda of Press Pass International as well as Lourdes Chavez. KPBS 89.5, Radio Diego 99.3, San Diego Reader, Union Tribune, Sol de Tijuana, Channel 12 XEWT, Univision and KUSI.   A special thanks to Ellen Beck, Director of the UCSD student run free clinic project for underserved Latino families.   I want to thank Music Box for hosting and assisting us to deliver our event performed by all of the super talented musicians, technicians and visual artists:   MD/Keys/musical arrangement/production: Allan Phillips   Bass: Nathan Brown Guitar   Guitar: Evan Marks   Drums: Ricardo ‘Tiki’ Pasillas   Percussion: Tommy Aros   Trumpet: Derek Cannon   Saxes, Flute and Clarinet: Robert Campbell   Trombone: Jordan Morita   Violin: Marta Z   Violin: Batya MacAdam-Sommer   Violin: Amy Serrano Burcombe   Viola: Regina Brown   Cello:Erdis Maxhelaku   Guitar: Julio De la Huerta   Cuatro, guitar & charango: Lucas Johnson   Bombo: Javier Beltran   Quena: Francisco Astudillo   Guitar, tiple, piano: Carlos Velazco   Violin: Jamie Shadowlight   Sound: Chris Hobson Lighting Design: Ivan Guzman Stage management: Kevin Moraine Make-up: Norma Figueroa Hair stylist: April Schimke Mistress of Ceremonies: Paola Hernandez Jiao   Thank you all for being a part of this initial production. There is much more to come.

 

 To my dear friends and fans, it has been one week since the premier concert. I couldn’t be more grateful and filled with joy by the posts, reposts and shares of the concert. I cannot stop acknowledging all of the beautiful comments and sharing of this unforgettable production that we were able to accomplish with our team, the press coverage and all of our fans’ presence. I have read every single comment and am forever grateful for the feedback and support. For those who know what it means to bring a production to this level and wonder about the visual and musical performance, I’d like to acknowledge all those involved starting from day one of the production of the album HOY. 

I’d like to thank Juan Morones for being a great friend and composer who referred me to one of the greatest virtuoso producer/composer/arrangers I have ever met - Allan Phillips of APM Studio. Our team headed up by Halo CEO and executive producer Joseph A. Henseler, master mixing and recording engineer Alan Sanderson of Pacific Beat Studios – thanks for the good vibes. 

I have to thank the composers of the original tracks on the album Juan Morones and Julio De La Huerta, and to all the composers of the cover songs that are available in the universe. For the work of all the visual arts and marketing I thank Gil Ruiz of Andycreative for his determination, open mind and talent. As well Bianca Barreto of Madame Creativa for her creativity and hard work. Felipe Barral of Igni Production for the production of the documentaries and copyediting. I am extremely grateful for all forms of the press and media exposure obtained by Laura Castaneda of Press Pass International as well as Lourdes Chavez. KPBS 89.5, Radio Diego 99.3, San Diego Reader, Union Tribune, Sol de Tijuana, Channel 12 XEWT, Univision and KUSI. 

A special thanks to Ellen Beck, Director of the UCSD student run free clinic project for underserved Latino families. 

I want to thank Music Box for hosting and assisting us to deliver our event performed by all of the super talented musicians, technicians and visual artists: 

MD/Keys/musical arrangement/production: Allan Phillips 

Bass: Nathan Brown Guitar 

Guitar: Evan Marks 

Drums: Ricardo ‘Tiki’ Pasillas 

Percussion: Tommy Aros 

Trumpet: Derek Cannon 

Saxes, Flute and Clarinet: Robert Campbell 

Trombone: Jordan Morita 

Violin: Marta Z 

Violin: Batya MacAdam-Sommer 

Violin: Amy Serrano Burcombe 

Viola: Regina Brown 

Cello:Erdis Maxhelaku 

Guitar: Julio De la Huerta 

Cuatro, guitar & charango: Lucas Johnson 

Bombo: Javier Beltran 

Quena: Francisco Astudillo 

Guitar, tiple, piano: Carlos Velazco 

Violin: Jamie Shadowlight 

Sound: Chris Hobson Lighting Design: Ivan Guzman Stage management: Kevin Moraine Make-up: Norma Figueroa Hair stylist: April Schimke Mistress of Ceremonies: Paola Hernandez Jiao 

Thank you all for being a part of this initial production. There is much more to come.

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