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Lauren Kinsella: In Between Every Line

By Published: March 5, 2013
Kinsella also plays in duos when the occasion presents itself, with drummer Mark Sanders
Mark Sanders
Mark Sanders
b.1960
, pianists Dan Nicholls and Francesco Turrisi
Francesco Turrisi
Francesco Turrisi
b.1977
piano
, euphonium player Ian McLachlan and electronics musician Gwilly Edmondes; it's a format that the singer seems to find especially rewarding. "Definitely," she affirms. "There's something about a duo setting—knowing when to say nothing, when to be busy, when to interact. Saying nothing in a group where there's maybe a lot going on is not the same. In a duo, saying nothing is a very big statement in itself. It's fascinating."

Then there's the quartet Blue-Eyed Hawk. "It's a great group with [trumpeter] Laura Jurd, [guitarist] Alexander Schimmeroth and [drummer] Corrie Dock—all improvisers based in London," explains Kinsella. "We have a lot of fun rehearsing, gigging and making meaningful music. We have plans to go to the studio in June, and I am very excited about this project. We're playing some nice gigs in London, like the Vortex and Café Oto, and it's gathering momentum. It's very exciting, altogether."

Busy, productive and gradually making waves, Kinsella seems to be in a good place right now. "I love what I do," she says. "I am constantly learning. And this valuable way of life was instilled in me from a young age—keep the brain active in what you are interested in. The challenge is to keep pushing yourself into new territories and come up with new ways of playing, teaching, improvising and composing. Every time I play a gig, I learn something about myself, about the musicians I'm playing with. I learn if I'm repeating myself, what works and what doesn't and areas I can explore further. Life is about learning. As you get older, you have a better understanding of your parents as people and your relationship with them; you have greater understanding of nature, of friendship. That's all I want—to keep on learning."

Selected Discography

Thought-Fox, My Guess (Diatribe Records, 2012)

Lauren Kinsella/Alex Huber, All This Talk About WideEarRecords, 2012)

Lupo, Sessile Oak (Self Produced, 2009)

Photo Credit

All Photos: Courtesy of Lauren Kinsella


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