Bio

Paulina Parga is a singer-songwriter with a very organic sound full of subtle dynamics and who is comfortable with fluent improvisation. Her project merges pop and jazz with Latin American folk. With her solo project she has performed in Mexico, United States and Spain.

 

Paulina was born in Mexico City, as a daughter of a visual arts researcher and a theater director. She has ben influenced in the arts her entire life, starting her adventure in music as a cellist at the age of 8 years old.

When she was five years old she was diagnosed with epilepsy, but that has not been an impediment for her to maintain academic and musical instruction. She now stands for epilepsy awareness, even through musical compositions like her song Mi cuerpo se queda (My body stays) which talks a story (with a touch of humor) of an epileptic seizure she had while studying in Boston.

At the age of 20 Paulina became more serious about singing and writing songs. Because of her classical background she brought the ability of melodic and agile lines to strengthen her voice performances.

Paulina has taken numerous opportunities to study music outside Mexico. In 2012 she attended the Czech Music Camp for Youth, in the Czech Republic, as a cellist of the symphonic orchestra of the program. In the summer of 2013 she had her first approach to jazz at the Vocal Jazz Workshop at the University of North Texas. In 2014 Paulina attended the 5 Week Performance Program at Berklee College of Music where she was awarded with a scholarship for studies in the Undergraduate program.

Paulina considers herself a nomad, a migrant. In Mexico she had to move to different cities (Mexico City, Zacatecas, Queretaro, Xalapa) because of her willingness to pursue her artistic dream and academic goals with better opportunities. Her song El sonido de mis pasos (The sound of my steps) was performed at the Berklee Performance Center at the Singer-Songwriter Showcase in the summer of 2014; this song talks about migration identity and how some times it becomes more difficult to find the roots and hope in an environment that changes so fast. Her songs “Caracol” and “Huandi”, covered topics about social conflict and the willingness to keep searching for the truth even in violent environments in cities, were awarded at the songwriting contest Festival de Música Santa Cecilia in 2014.

Paulina Parga has also been awarded with the Beca María Grever 7th Edition (Songwriting scholarship); and a Study Abroad scholarship by the Programa de Estímulos a la Creacion y Desarrollo Artístico (PECDA, 2015). With her solo project she has performed in festivals as Festival de Jazz Universitario de Zacatecas (2013 & 2014), Festival Mariachela (2015), the III CongreFest Internacional de Jazz Universitario (2016), and the Festival de Música Santa Cecilia (2013 & 2014).

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