LUZ CASAL HAS BEEN ADMIRED FOR HER VOICE AND HER ELEGANCE NOT JUST IN SPAIN BUT ALL OVER EUROPE. SHE GAVE HER FIRST CONCERT FOR HER NEW ALBUM AT ISTANBUL’S CEMAL REŞIT REY CONCERT HALL ON APRIL 21.
Q:You’re back after six years with a new album, "Almas Gemelas" (Soulmates). What’s it like?
A:The album is like a private diary of the period for me, with its emotions, its ideas, its desires and its purpose. At the same time, it represents music that I admire and love.
Q:How would you compare Almas Gemelas with your previous albums?
A:There’s no doubt that singing songs in four languages makes it an international album. Some original sounds and rhythms never used in my previous 13 albums also make it different and create a special effect.
Q:It’s a perfect Mediterranean album, isn’t it, since you sing songs in French, Italian and Portuguese as well as Spanish?
A:Absolutely. Although I’ve recorded three bossa nova songs on it, I think it has a certain Mediterranean feel and sinuousness to it. With its French and Italian songs especially, Alma is a perfect Mediterranean album.
Q:Which song on your new album do you think will be a hit like the ever popular Piensa en Mi?
A:If you ask me, I’d say Si Pudiera will be the most popular among the songs I wrote myself. And among those I borrowed, Mi Sono Innamorata di Te. You have to hear it! To be perfectly honest, I’m tremendously moved when I sing it.
Q:You’ve been in Istanbul before, and this time you sang your new songs for the first time at Cemal Reşit Rey on April 21. Tell us about your love for Istanbul?
A:There are so many things I like about Istanbul! I love the food, the sweets, the cuisine in general, especially the coffee… the never ending buzz of the city and everyday life… The architecture of some of the buildings is amazing. The happiness of being in Istanbul and the sadness of being far from home go together somehow…
Continuing her musical career with her new album, Almas Gemelas, of Mediterranean songs, Luz Casals sings songs in French, Italian and Portuguese as well as her native Spanish. The album was produced by Javier Monforte and French producer Renaud Letang.