Lorena del Mar (Madrid (Spain), 1983) started her music career when she was 6 years old taking classical piano lessons. Then she continued in the Rodolfo Halfftler Conservatorium (Madrid) with Eloy Terrero. During her younger years her teachers would always point out her musicality. Although she started singing just for herself, at the age of 16, she was asked to join as the lead singer of “Rodolfo Halffter Conservatorium’s Big Band”, conducted by Alexandre Schnieper, where she would discover jazz music and performed in many important venues and festivals in Spain, such as the National Auditorium in Madrid or the International Festival of Jazz in Galapagar.
In 2007, she decided to deepen her knowledge and auditioned in Het Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague (The Netherlands) where she was accepted to study Jazz singing. She has studied there with Rachel Gould, John Ruocco, Fay Claassen, Sanna Van Vliet, Hein van de Geijn, Manon Heijne, Yvonne Smeets, Eric Gieben, Toon Roos, Jarmo Hoogendijk, actress Guuske Kotte and many more. She has attended as well masterclasses and workshops from various international artists, such as Deborah Brown, Norma Winstone, Lilian Viera, Jocelyn B. Smith, Mike Manieri, Jen Shyu, Joshua Redman, Judy Niemack, Gretchen Parlato, dancer Michael Schumacher, among others.
In 2011 she got the audience price in the semifinals of the competition Leiden Jazz Award 2011. In the same year she finished her Bachelor degree of Jazz Music cum laude with a distinction in artistry and got the publieksprijs from the NEW Festival in De Regentes Theater. In 2013 she graduated cum laude with distinction with Master’s degree in Jazz Music, focusing on developing her skills as an arranger/composer.
In 2014 Lorena moved to New York where she explored other genres and vocal techniques. She was the singer of The Delegation, an indie jazz ensamble. Besides, she sang in the C4 ensemble as a soprano, co-founded the pop duo Artemisz and Lorena and sang in different choirs in New York. During these years she developed herself further into free jazz, electronics and other improvised music.
In 2015 she released her debut CD “My Resistance is Low” with her quartet with the label Clever Tree Records. In June 2016 the title song of her CD was listed in the top 10 of Allaboutjazz website, both editor pick’s and downloads.
In August 2016 she moved to Brussels (Belgium) where she continues her musical adventure presenting her CD in Belgium and France.