Sónnica Yepes – Vocals
Thomas Hanz - Guitar
„Tangos – Canciones“
International Contest Award Winner „Voice and Guitar 2004“, Völklingen, Germany
Hierba Buena tells stories from everyday life, about love and life, in theatre-like settings with music, overlaid with recitations. Old songs from Spain and Argentina are included in their repertoire as well as original compositions and adaptations of modern pieces of music. Guitar and vocals interact energetically with each other, at times bright and fresh, at others melancholic and full of desire. In fine: “Canciones”, elegant and smooth, inspiring the audience to dream and enjoy, with the Hispanic world of emotions evolving in the course of the performance.
Pieces like „Hijo de la Luna“, made famous by Montserrat Caballés classical interpretation, Astor Piazzollas „Vuelvo al sur“ or „Libertango“ in a terrific version for solo guitar, or the world famous „Gracias a la Vida“ by Mercedes Sosa revive through the duo’s adaptations and melt into an intoxicating performance.
„Hierba Buena“ has received invitations to many events, including the „Philharmonie Essen“, the “Jazzfrühling Reutlingen”, International Guitar Festivals in Malmö, Sweden, and Grossetto, Italy and the Guitar Festival “Akkorde” (Chords) on the Hochrhein. In 2007, HIERBA BUENA performed as part of the supporting programme of the “Karlspreis” Award Ceremony for Javier Solana in Aachen, Germany and was introduced to the Spanish Royal couple.
The artistic intensity and congenial presentation style is extremely well received both by the audience and the critic. Resuming the “Guitar Festival Ruhr 2005”, the “Ruhr Nachrichten” wrote: “The duo HIERBA BUENA belongs to those musicians in the Ruhr area one shall have heard.” In July 2005, their CD was released. A second CD with new songs from Astor Piazzolla, Carlos Gardel and original compositions from the duo will be released in early 2008.
Sónnica Yepes (Madrid)Studied Jazz chant at the Folkwang Academy in Essen. Big Band lead vocalist of the Jazz Orchestra of Northrhine-Westphalia from 2000 until 2002. Concerts in Germany, Greece, France and Belarus. Participation at the JJO NRW CD recording in 2001.
Ensembles: “UN TANGO MÁS” (CD 2001), “La Voce” with Ulli Beckerhoff and Hartmut Kracht, Marc Brenken trio. CD productions, festival performances and international concert tours. Vocals in the play “Que felices son los perros en la playa” (how lucky are the dogs on the beach) of Monica Cano in Madrid in May 2005.
Thomas Hanz (Essen)
Studied at the Folkwang Academy in Essen. Graduate recital at the Music Academy in Cologne by Prof. Roberto Aussel, International master classes among others by Julian Bream. Solo CD: Spanish impressions and Tango Nuevo. CD „UN TANGO MÁS“ (MUSICOM label). Engagements among others include the Music Festivals in Schleswig Holstein, Artá (Mallorca), La Carboneria (Sevilla), „Rheinisches Musikfest“, „International Bauausstellung Emscherpark“, Hamburg Music Hall, „Gürzenich“ Music Hall in Cologne, „Thürmer Music Hall“ in Bochum and the „Philharmonie Essen“. Since 1998 Art Director and initiator of the International Guitar Festival in the Ruhr area. Solo achievements, founder of the innovative and nationwide well known sextet „UN TANGO MÁS“. Member of the Guitar quartet „SOMOS CUATRO“.
„Wild Mint blossom in the Philharmonie“ Ruhr Nachrichten 07.09.2005
The duo HIERBA BUENA belongs to those musicians in the Ruhr area one shall have heard.
„Tango full of atmosphere in the Philharmonie” WAZ Essen 08.09.2005
… Thomas Hanz and Sónnica Yepes -incidentally an adorable couple, created a fascinating air, supported by an atmospheric illumination, also performing original compositions. The audience appeared to be enthusiastic.
„Spanish blossoms in the castle” NRZ Oberhausen 06.09.2005
With an intimate and sensitive presentation as well as comedic drive, paired with a seemingly naive sophistication, Sónnica Yepes performed equally convincing. … His adaptation of Piazzolas "Libertango" sounded like it was designed especially for this instrument.
FESTIVAL / Prelude: Reutlinger Nachrichten 18.04.2005
… The duo unites the classical guitar with exciting vocals, expressional subtleties with melancholic creativity, traditional with new interpretations … It is a harmonical unity of pitch of the voice, intonation and timing with pure instrumentation …definitely a feast for eyes and ears.
„Invigorating feast for the ears“ WAZ Heiligenhaus 25.04.2005
… Astor Piazollas „Libertango", performed by Hanz from its melancholic start growing to a brigo furioso …Yepes impressed once again with her manifold voice, yet interpreting lyrics in a scene-setting.
„Enchantingly facile and haunting“ WAZ Essen 07.02.2005
…entertaining the audience with enchanting airiness … accompanied by Thomas Hanz with a keen sense for tempos and “bubbling” euphony, discreet and colourful at the same time … Impressive that even as a soloist he resisted the temptation to perform a virtuosic marathon on the strings.
„A recital of big emotions“ Münstersche Zeitung 15.03.04
… Sónnica Yepes infatuates the audience from the very beginning with her native language chant … The audience honours enthusiastically the overwhelming art of performing … Sónnica Yepes impresses with her warm voice full of colours and irresistible charm … With his original compositions Thomas Hanz demonstrates his ability.
„Grand emotions and melancholy“ Wiesbadener Tagblatt, 06.12.2003
…inimitably electrifying … at the same time an amorous and amusing atmosphere …striking virtuosity … accurate despite playful handling.