Before Canizares picks up her violin and walks onstage, she pays homage to her ancestors. Candles are lit, prayers are said, and offerings made. Then as the houselights dim, she'll lean down and touch the floor as she enters. "This always puts me fully in the moment," says the vivacious singer and instrumentalist. "It allows the music and the ancestors to flow through me, to reach people even if they don't speak my language. I go into a trance..."
Spectacularly talented Cuban violinist/vocalist, Yilian Ca?izares, comes to Crazy Coqs with her quiet yet incredibly powerful stage presence in a thrilling mix of African, Cuban and jazz influences.