Latin Culture CelebrationPatricia Elena Vlieg
Patricia Elena Vlieg's work is a combination of a variety of rhythms and styles rooted in the Latin American musical tradition, as well as elements of jazz and other genres. Her broad repertoire includes music in Spanish, English, French, Portuguese, Italian, Hebrew, and Japanese, among others
Vlieg began her musical studies in Panama, her country of origin, and continued them at Berklee College of Music, where she was awarded the degree of bachelor of music with a concentration in arrangement and performance. She also studied vocal performance at the New England Conservatory of Music.
In 1991, Vlieg released her first recording, Esta noche ha nacido una estrella, featuring Christmas music. In 1996, together with her sister, Ana Lucía, she released Viviendo en mi sonrisa. In 2003, she recorded, again in company with her sister, the album Tus promesas, of original religious music focusing on the life and message of Jesus. In 2005, Patricia Elena released Origen, in which she blended various Latin American rhythms and elements of jazz in an homage to her cultural heritage, again revealing her versatility as a composer, arranger, and vocalist. This album won acclaim from, among others, Rubén Blades, who featured—and praised—her music on his website. At the end of 2007, she produced Llamados, her sister's first solo CD.
Vlieg has been consistently recognized and honored for her abilities from her college days, where she stood out among the most talented young performers and composers of our day. At Berklee, she received top awards in each of her areas of specialization (Quincy Jones, Professional Music Achievement, and Solo and Ensemble awards). Her musical virtuosity and high degree of professionalism have garnered her recognition from such varied institutions as the Panamanian Ministry of Education, Camara Junior International, Catholic Church, Professional and Business Women of Panama, Foundation for the Promotion of Women, and the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.
Her music is rich and varied, deep and heartwarming. She has appeared in various venues in which she always exhibits the multicultural influences and elements that enrich her music: the Art and Soul Festival, organized by VSA Arts, which gathers artists from various parts of the world; the Panama Jazz Festival in 2006 and 2007; the Alma y Canción concert; and the Panamanian National Theater, among others. She has performed with renowned artist Lito Vitale and participated in projects together with important jazz musicians such as Oscar Stagnaro.
Vlieg gave life to a longstanding personal dream by creating America Multicolor, a program that covers music, songs, poetry, and dance, based on the various Latin American musical traditions. This show was presented last year in Panama, with the collaboration of many local and international artists, among them Oscar Stagnaro and Peruvian musician Manuel Miranda.