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by Jerome Wilson
Lara Solnicki is a Canadian poet, composer and singer who combines all her talents strikingly on this album, marrying her words to a dense fabric of free-flowing jazz and improvisation. Solnicki bends her voice well to the requirements of each composition. On the singsong rhythm of The Embrace," she sounds sensitive but slightly detached against falling piano and electronic whispers, while, on the cinematic construction of Bit Her Sweet Christopher Street," her voice climbs through a busy tangle ...read more
by C. Michael Bailey
Among feelings are nervousness and anxiety. While synonymous in any thesaurus, the two words differ in the same way that thankfulness and gratitude differ, that is, in focus. Nervousness and thankfulness often have no focus, no definite object creating them. Anxiety and gratitude are those feelings, those reactions to the specific. Something clearly gives rise to them. With regards to anxiety and disquiet, Canadian vocalist and composer Lara Solnicki uses free jazz" and poetry as the stimulus for generating a ...read more
by Everett R. Davis
Canadian contemporary jazz vocalist, published poet and composer, Lara Solnicki originally intended a career in opera but turned to jazz in 2008 following a brief collaboration with a classical composer, in a conscious attempt to marry her two arts, music and poetry. She has emerged from the Canadian scene with a spellbinding voice and is highly sough after on the Toronto jazz circuit. Solnicki has been rightfully labeled a vocal purist with tremendous tonal control and naturally sings any jazz ...read more