The eclectic chamber group, Besos de Coco, is stirring up a great deal of excitement with their preliminary performances in Southern California. Tap-dancer Claudia Gomez Vorce, double-bassist Evona Wascinski, and classical guitarist/vocalist Lorraine Castellanos intuitively formed the trio in August 2011 when the musically magnetic connection was soon recognized. The merging of talents and influences from each of these women results in a fresh and intense sound that maintains its roots in the romantic music of the old-world Mediterranean, Latin American, and Jazz traditions. Besos de Coco aims to establish an intimate connection with their audiences whether it is through a lyrical soul-searching Afro-Brazilian composition, a pulsating Spanish rhumba, or a sensually driving tango. Besos de Coco commands the attention of their audience with their stage presence and intensity, refusing to become background music. Through this collective force, passionate renditions of art music become relevant and stirring to the audiences of today.
“Thick, buttery sound...astonishing footwork...the purity of a songbird...three strong women...an inspired choice.”Robert Bush, music critic