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Thick, buttery sound...astonishing footwork...the purity of a songbird...three strong women...an inspired choice." -- San Diego Reader

Innovative and eclectic chamber group, Besos de Coco, is stirring up a great deal of excitement with their groundwork performances in Southern California. Tap-dancer Claudia Gomez Vorce, double-bassist Evona Wascinski, and classical guitarist/vocalist Lorraine Castellanos formed the trio in August 2011 when the musically magnetic connection was soon recognized. Individually, each of the three women are compelling and masterful artists in their particular musical disciplines. Collectively, Besos de Coco presents stunning musical performances destined for the world to experience.

Coming from a lineage of professional dancers, beginning with Mexican ballet folkloriko, Claudia Gomez Vorce also embraced other disciplines including Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Modern, and Hip-Hop. Claudia furthered her studies and was inspired by tap dance legends such as Bunny Briggs.

Originating from Eastern Europe, bassist Evona Wascinski has had the honor of studying with world-renowned double bassists, composers and professors Bertram Turetzky and Mark Dresser. Evona earned a B.A. in Music from the University of California, San Diego, specializing in Classical and Jazz Performance.

Filipina-American Lorraine Castellanos derives pure pleasure when interpreting the works of great Latin American and Western European composers on the classical guitar. While inspired by the likes of Andres Segovia, Castellanos finds vocal encouragement inidols such as Sarah Vaughan and Dinah Washington. She is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Classical Guitar Performance under the tutelage of Fred Benedetti.

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.

Besos de Coco is available for concerts, festivals, lecture-recitals, intimate venues, and private events. For information, please contact: besosdecoco@ymail.com.

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