Ëda Diaz

+ Earthly Measures

Friday 19 April Doors 7.30pm
Servant Jazz Quarters
10A Bradbury Street
London
N16 8JN
020 7254 7262
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UK debut. Steeped in Latin traditions, French-Colombian bassist Ëda Diaz has been exploring and refining her rich dual musical heritage. Her music poetically mixes traditional Latin American sounds with experimental pop influences and industrial electronica.

Bridging Paris and Medellín, her first album Suave Bruta, co-produced with Anthony Winzenrieth in 2023, wove haute-couture pop with Afro-Colombian rhythms such as bambuco viejo or vallenato, her double bass as the insistent pulse. The album reconciles different parts of her identity, two rich and complementary aspects that she has long viewed as opposites. Wonky Colombian salsa, electrified currulao and an eccentric Colombian-made dembow all sparkle, evoking Björk, James Blake or Juana Molina.

It was during a jazz course at the Nadia and Lili Boulanger Conservatory in Paris that she swapped her piano for the double bass, connecting two cultures: jazz and popular Latin music. It was in 2017, when she met Winzenrieth (Aurus, 3Somesisters…), that she found her style. She released her first EP in 2017, co-produced by Anthony, and established herself within the family of new Latin pop. During a Latin American tour in 2019, she performed in Mexico for the Roxy Fest before representing the “Women of the World” section at the Havana World Music Festival alongside the children of Chucho Valdés.

In quick succession in the 2020s she joined Ladaniva, shared a KEXP session with La Dame Blanche, recorded the backing vocals for Voyou’s next album (alongside Pijama , November Ultra and Laura Etchegohyen), charmed the MaMA Festival and opened several La Chica concerts.

‘Diaz’s wistful jazz vocal creates a refreshing contrast with her often raw-edged production style, producing highlights like the frenetic Tiemblas.’ The Guardian

Earthly Measures are local global DJs & producers, who have quickly established themselves as a community hub for some of the more eclectic psychedelic grooves coming out of London. Having made their name through running regular open minded events since 2016, they naturally evolved and established the Earthly Measures record label in 2020. They champion the South American Electronic music scene, consistently putting out high level releases & regularly being selected by radio DJs like Gilles Peterson, Mary Anne Hobbs, Tom Ravenscroft and many more, whilst being a mainstay in the UK festival scene.