What defines power? That's a tough question to answer in general, and an even harder one to figure out when it comes to the world of music. For in music, a whisper may carry greater weight than a roar, an honest gesture can outdo a demonstration of brute strength and technique, and a direct message to the heart can mean more than a shot of adrenaline aimed at the same place. It's the sonorous David-topples-Goliath scenario, where vocalists with strong artistic inclinations and pure intentions--like Nicky Schrire--come out on top. Schrire, who was born in jny: London ...read more
It's brief--barely 30 minutes long--and released only in digital form, but To The Spring packs plenty into its allotted time span. This is the third release from singer and songwriter Nicky Schrire. It's another excellent release, her voice framed by the sparse but sympathetic piano and bass of Fabian Almazan and Desmond White. Schrire's voice matures and grows more confident with every release. It's technically impressive, but more importantly it's striking in its ability to inhabit and project the emotions of her lyrics. Her voice is distinctive--a mix of her British birth, South African upbringing and New York ...read more
Nicky Schrire Quartet Raphael Vineyard Long Island Winterfest Peconic, NY February 22, 2014 Long Island Winterfest, which puts musical acts in wineries for six straight weekends during the bleak midwinter, is a boon to the economy and cultural atmosphere of the East End. It truly helps to drum up business during the off season, as locals and visitors drop into the vineyards to sip some vino while soaking in the sounds of the day; that is, if they choose to actually listen. In past years, jazz has been the chief marketing tool for ...read more
New York City-based jazz vocalist Nicky Schrire has two albums to her credit. Freedom Flight (Circavision Productions, 2012) was well received by AAJ colleague Dan Bilawsky, who explained her fresh and well-scrubbed appeal thusly: The London-born, South African-raised, New York-based vocalist bursts onto the scene with this dazzling debut, but she didn't simply materialize out of thin air. This worldly woman has been honing her skills at the Manhattan School of Music and studying with the crème de la crème of the jazz vocal world, including Peter Eldridge, Theo Bleckmann, Gretchen Parlato, Kate McGarry and Norma Winstone; it's clear that ...read more
The art of singing goes well beyond the act of singing. To simply sing, one need only open the mouth and let the music come forth, but that's the act. The art involves pitch perfect delivery, clear and crisp diction, control, creativity, flexibility, and the ability to completely inhabit, own, and sell a song; in short, all the skills that Nicky Schrire possesses. Schrire, a young South African vocalist based in New York, turned more than a few heads with her debut--Freedom Flight (Circavision Productions, 2012)--and she'll likely turn some more with this follow-up; it's an intimate ...read more
Freedom Flight is the debut from vocalist Nicky Schrire, a young singer who was born in London, raised in Cape Town and now resides in New York. It's a distinctive debut, heralding the welcome arrival to the scene of a fine vocalist with an eclectic range of source material--a mix of Latin, pop, folk, and American Songbook songs, plus a couple of Schrire originals.Schrire's voice is lovely--pure and clear, a mix of naïve innocence and sensuality. She's blessed with the ability to convey a lyric with conviction, inhabiting the narrative so completely that even a slight change of ...read more
Meet Nicky Schrire: London-born, South African-raised, New York-based vocalist/composer Nicky Schrire has been been praised for her abilit: to use her voice as a dispensary of emotional power." (Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz).A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, Schrire has performed in New York, South Africa and London. Her debut album, Freedom Flight, has been hailed by critics as an exceptional debut" (Steven Lewis, Hard bop Jazz Journal) and a thrilling maiden voyage" (Andrea Canter, Jazz Police).Instrument(s): Voice.Teachers and/or influences? Teachers/mentors: Peter Eldridge, Kate McGarry, Theo ...read more
Breaking into the jazz vocal world is no easy feat. Aspiring singers often find themselves angling for crumbs of attention in this overcrowded field, and having a pleasant voice doesn't count for much anymore. Originality in approach, a proclivity for picking songs that stretch the definition of jazz and an elastic understanding of the voice's role in this music have become increasingly important for those looking to make their mark in this domain, and newcomer Nicky Schrire deserves high marks in all three areas. The London-born, South African-raised, New York-based vocalist bursts onto the scene with this ...read more
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