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Down With Jazz 2014

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Down With Jazz Meeting House Square jny: Dublin, Ireland May 31-June 1, 2014 There's nothing quite like a Bank Holiday weekend, sunshine and music. Having moved from 2013's September slot with its unpredictable autumn weather to the last weekend in May with its unpredictable spring weather, Down With Jazz 2014 passed off dryly, which raised the spirits and surely contributed to the dancing that broke out sporadically. It was the combination of spirits--of the alcoholic kind--and jazzy dancing that incited the ire of the Catholic Church in 1930s Ireland. The threat to the ...

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Lauren Kinsella: In Between Every Line

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It may be that the voice is the most difficult instrument to improvise with, judging by the relatively small number of improvising vocalists out there. Jazz singers who scat are common enough, but only the best are able to breathe life into a style that has become rather formulaic over the past century. Lauren Kinsella (the stress lies on the first syllable) is one singer who is boldly carving out her own path as an improvising vocalist. The London-based Irish singer is making a name for herself in improvising circles on both sides of the Irish Sea, and the release ...

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Lauren Kinsella & Alex Huber: All This Talk About

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In the thirty minutes of improvised vocals and drums (a daring premise to begin with) on All This Talk About, Lauren Kinsella and Alex Huber-- from Ireland and Switzerland, respectively--forge a rare and exotic partnership. The high-wire acrobatics of Kinsella--emitting a Joycean stream of consciousness with all manner of articulations, both syllabic and non-syllabic--will prove challenging to those who prefer their vocal jazz, well, unchallenging. Her unique, edgy improvisations are peppered sparingly, however, with more traditional and quite beautiful lyrical flights. The juxtaposition of these two extremes is at once jarring and alluring, like going back and forth between a ...



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