Saturday, July 20, 2024

La Tramontane

La Tramontane

"Austin's voice, inspired by Regina Spektor, is like an extra instrument that plays perfectly with the jazzy guitars, bass and drums. Really, though, it's the writing that makes the songs work so well, without wanting to state the obvious, at once haunted and uplifting, yearning yet triumphant." - Daily Mirror, UK

La Tramontane plays Mediterranean and Latin American songs that evoke both celebration and longing. Rachel Austin’s voice and guitar soar playfully “like an earth angel” (Hot Press Magazine) through both upbeat songs and sentimental love melodies while Catherine Monnes brings the fire and romance to life on the cello. La Tramontane pulls from Spanish, Portuguese, and French repertoire, including the Gypsy Kings, Cesaria Evora, Melody Gardot, Caetano Veloso, and Manu Chao. La Tramontane will both enchant you and make you move.

La Tramontane formed in 2023 with the intention of bringing to Virginia the spirit of cultural exchange so common in Europe. Austin is originally from Virginia, though has performed with acts as diverse as Kronos Quartet and Zeena Parkins and opening for Fatoumata Diawara, Rodrigo y Gabriela, and Florence + the Machine across the UK, France, Mexico, and the US. She performed with a Latin American covers band around Ireland as well as performing with a flamenco-jazz fusion trio, studying Flamenco singing in New York with Alfonso Cid. Monnes has been honored to work with some sort of famous people, and many more secret special people, in a variety of genres. Current projects she's engaged with include Night Teacher, the Sally Rose Band, Recherche, and a Kurdish American Ensemble.

The music of La Tramontane contains more or less everything: space for subtle interplay, a bit of over the top theater, heart, humor, and no end of longing. The bones of great songs, with room to make them dance.


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8:00PM SOLD OUT3:00pm Show9:30pm SOLD OUT9:30pm Show


FREE: donations and tips accepted

Doors: 2:00pm

Music: 3:00 - 5:00pm

All ages

General admission. Seats are selected upon arrival and cannot be reserved in advance.


3108 W Cary St
Richmond, VA 23221