"Miriam Elhajli has created something really outstanding, unique, and heartfelt" -David Amram
"Eclectic, with a soaring voice" - New York Music Daily
Miriam Elhajli is a Venezuelan-Moroccan-American composer and vocalist whose work is influenced strongly by the folkloric musics of South and North America, modern jazz, and contemporary classical music.
A graduate of Berklee College of Music, she currently lives in Brooklyn where she performs and works as a researcher at The Association for Cultural Equity founded by Alan Lomax. Elhajli's debut LP "Observations" is set to be released this spring on Numina Records.
Ana Carmela Ramirez Contramaestre combines a solid classical musical training with the art of singing and composition. Exploring various genres and sounds, her artistic uniqueness
is rooted in the need of a better future for children and youth in Venezuela.
At just nine years old she was part of the National System of Youth and Children's Orchestras of Venezuela (El Sistema) as a violist, playing concerts
as a soloist in prestigious theaters like Teresa Carreño. In her adolescence she began to develop a self-taught singing technique of Venezuelan folk music, and continues her formal education with teachers Maria Eugenia Atilano (composition) and Magdalena Leon
Carmela’s career grew quickly. She was involved in various musical projects like Ensamble Gurrufio, Aquiles Baez, Edward Ramirez (C4 trio), Aldemaro Romero Trio, Juan Manuel Trujillo and Gabriel Chakarji. In 2014 she was nominated
to the Latin Grammy Awards Academy for her vocals recording on the album “Tiempo” of Linda Briceño. As a special guest she performed with the folkloric group Vaare in a concert with the Symphonic Orchestra of Venezuela. As a composer she was featured in a concert
by Simon Bolivar Jazz Big Band led by maestro Pablo Gil. Ramirez is currently living in New York City, studying under scholarship at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music.