In addition to beautifully interpreting the best of the American Songbook, Carol sings the gorgeous music of Brazil and the Americas in Spanish and Portuguese. Her sound is lush and swinging from the intimacy of a duo setting to a full big band.
She has been a featured performer at Jazz venues and festivals throughout the United States, Europe and Japan, with noted repeat engagements with MTT and The San Francisco Symphony, The Monterey Jazz Festival, and the Newport Jazz Party.
Carol has worked with many top artists in Jazz and Brazilian music in the United States and abroad, including: Harry Allen, Claudio Roditi, John Clayton, Chuck Redd, Jacky Terrason, Bill Cunliffe, Chico Pinheiro, Joshua Redman, Mark Levine, Ricardo Silveira, , Bruce Forman, Dado Moroni, Michael Spiro, Rique Pantoja, Kleber Jorge....
Her current band JAZZ BLISS features Bill Cantos, Mike Shapiro, Larry Koonse and John Leftwich. Treasured collaborations abound with LA favorites Hussain Jiffry, Bill Cunliffe, Capital, Aaron Serfaty, Mitchell Long, Larry Steen, Trey Henry....
Music took a back seat for a number of years while she explored a successful career in radio and then voice over. Fluent in 5 languages, she is represented by WME, Stars and IBE. Her credits include hundreds of TV and radio commercials, games, animation, narration, movies, web, print and on-camera work. Her state of the art home studio is fully equipped with ISDN lines, phone patch and skype access.
Music and movement are inseparable in Carol's life! Her background in Feldenkrais has made her truly unique in her approach to dance instruction and performance. She has toured Europe performing Brazilian and Afro-Cuban dance and currently owns and runs a small dance studio in Hollywood.
Born to Americans living abroad (a neurophysiologist father and an artist mother,) she grew up primarilyin Northern California, with numerous childhood years in Italy, Mexico and Spain. After graduation from UC Berkeley, she spent three years singing in Paris, with extensive touring throughout Europe. Her last name (Bach-y-Rita) is Catalan, and she possesses both American and European/Spanish citizenship.
Jazz Bliss - ranges in size from duos to quintets. More improvisational in nature, this group draws from the best musicians LA has to offer in straight ahead, bebop, brazilian, and cuban music. Currently band members consist of: Bill Cantos on piano, Larry Koonse on guitar, John Leftwich on bass, Mike Shapiro on drums.