It’s our 2nd year performing at the Capital Food and Wine Festival in Olympia and we’re excited about it!
In its 28th year, the Capital Food and Wine Festival is an annual celebration showcasing delicious spirits and beers from Lacey, Washington’s regional wineries and microbreweries. Also featured is cuisine from local restaurants, bakeries and cafes, and yes … live music! Originally conceived by the Saint Martin University Alumni Association to help fulfill its mission to promote, support and enhance the Saint Martin’s educational and monastic community, the annual Festival is a popular community celebration that has much to offer those who attend. Please join us in supporting Saint Martin’s and partake of the delicious offerings available at the festival.
Carolena Mátus is a classically trained singer and jazz artist, who spent the majority of her career living and performing in Las Vegas, NV, the Entertainment Capital of the World. Her distinctive vocal quality, exceptional pitch and ear, combined with her artistic lyric interpretation and phrasing set her apart as a vocal musician of excellence.
In the mid-1980s, Mátus was introduced through a former band member to Frank Sinatra, Jr. Her respect for him, along with his passion for the music and his own multifaceted talent, greatly inspired and influenced her. Thanks to Frank’s influence, the jazz bug had bitten her; she was thoroughly hooked and her music was forever, joyfully changed. Her formative experiences with preeminent Las Vegas jazz musicians including internationally renowned trombonist, Carl Fontana, amongst many others, are the basis for the singer she is today. Since moving to the Pacific Northwest, Carolena continues to expand the scope of her music partnerships and has been blessed by a variety of expert musicians from Portland to Seattle, including Randy Halberstadt, Bill Anschell, D’Vonne Lewis, John Stowell, Chris Symer, Osama Afifi, Phil Sparks, Michael Barnett, Clipper Anderson, Darin Clendenin, Jay Thomas, Bert Wilson and Joe Baque.