Equal parts singer, dancer and designer, Claudia epitomizes the mélange parfait of modern New York. California-born, New York-raised daughter of Mexican and Jamaican immigrants, she spent her early years training in voice, piano, solfege, ballet, tap and jazz, secretly dreaming of one day having her own radio talk show. The niece of Jamaican reggae icon Tyrone “Garth” Evans, Claudia enjoyed spending entire evenings with him singing and improvising around the piano. Following in his footsteps, she now regularly participates in studio sessions and has met with some of the legendary musicians that collaborated with her uncle’s band, The Paragons.
In 2003 she co-founded Calpulli Mexican Dance Company to honor her Mexican heritage and pass on cultural learnings. With them, she taught in schools, began a children’s program and toured the country for four years, appearing at numerous venues, including Queens Theatre in the Park, and in 2006, alongside her daughter in Carnegie Hall’s revered Isaac Stern Auditorium.
2007 brought an invitation to sing and dance in the Dan Zanes and Friends Holiday Show. In 2008 year the invitation was extended again and Claudia went on tour in California and Seattle, ending the holiday season at the New Victory Theater in Times Square, but not before doing a stint as the female lead in the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore.
2010’s highlight was in the spring when she was asked to go on tour to numerous cities in China to perform at the Shanghai Expo as one of the soloists for the United Nations Singers.
Claudia has never lost her desire to learn and share learnings about her Mexican cultural heritage. She has spent the last four years organizing the Encuentro de Jaraneros en NY, as well as many other events and she regularly collaborates with the community.
She continues to collaborate with Dan Zanes and other musicians/artist on and off stage and has lent her voice for the children’s CD production “Bilingual Birdies” as well as documentaries like National Geographic’s “Firmes”. She also works doing voice-overs for UNTV. This year Claudia started performing with her trio in different venues such as The Shrine, Silvana, and Terraza 7 and as a member of NYC’s first all female mariachi “Mariachi Flor de Toloache”. She is currently working on material for her first CD with her partner, Sinuhé Padilla-Isunza of Jarana Records.
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