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Cyrille Aimée

Cyrille Aimée has consistently proven herself to be an unstoppable, undeniable talent in the modern age of jazz. Internationally renowned and praised for her unparalleled abilities, Cyrille's vocal stylings are synonymous with musical genius. Her culturally rich background has supplied her with the driving force of Dominican rhythm and the incredible swing of the French Gypsies. Taking these natural abilities with her across the world, she has done nothing short of receiving rave reviews and a loyal following in each country she graces with her voice. Cyrille mastered the art of improvisation while studying at the well known conservatory of jazz at SUNY Purchase, with teachers such as Pete Malinverni, Jon Faddis and Jimmy Greene. Cyrille Aimée was a finalist in the prestigious Thelonious Monk Vocal Competition of 2010, performing in front of a jury of Al Jarreau, Kurt Elling, Dianne Reeves, Dee Dee Bridgewater... In 2007, Cyrille won both the first and public prize in the Montreux Jazz Festival Competition. Cyrille's discography and musical history is an impressive list for any musician, jazz or otherwise. At the young age of 26, she has already released three CDs internationally, including "Cyrille Aimée & The Surreal Band" and "Smile" with Brazilian guitarist Diego Figueiredo currently on iTunes. The Japanese label Venus Records has just released Cyrille and Diego’s latest duo album “Just the Two of us” this past November. Cyrille Aimée has been featured on compilations, feature film soundtracks across the globe and on the albums of Denis Chang and David Reinhardt. She fronted France's latest worldwide sensation 'Caravan Palace' on their European tour and performed in front of crowds that number over 10,000 people. Cyrille currently lives in Brooklyn and regularly performs in Manhattan with legends of the East Coast jazz scene. She can be found any given day in the historic jazz clubs of NYC, including Joe’s Pub and Dizzy's Club, with musicians like Steve Davis, Spike Wilner, Tom Kennedy and Anat Cohen among many others. Her latest record “Cyrille Aimée & friends Live at Smalls” features Roy Hargrove and Joel Frahm and is released under the label SmallsLIVE.

Awards

October 2010: Finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Voice Competition. July 2007: Winner of the first prize and the special public prize in the Montreux Jazz Festival Voice Competition.


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Cyrille Aimée: Improvisation Is A Way Of Life

Read "Cyrille Aimée: Improvisation Is A Way Of Life" reviewed by Leo Sidran


Long before singer Cyrille Aimee spent any time on the road she was already a citizen of the world. She grew up in a small French town, Samois-sur-Seine, but says that she never felt fully French. She never felt fully any one thing. Her mother is Dominican, her father is French, and she says that “when you're a mixed culture, you're kind of your own thing."Samois-sur-Seine is very small but in the 1990s of Cyrille's childhood it did ...

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Lightbulb Moments

Read "Lightbulb Moments" reviewed by H William Stine


They don't happen often and they don't happen to everyone. But if one does happen to you, it could change your life. Of course I'm talking about an IRS audit. Of course I'm not talking about an IRS audit. I'm talking about those out-of-the-blue, eye-opening moments of inspiration or maybe self-discovery. One thing: they're always moments of clarity. I don't know what you call them: Serendipity? Intuition? Divine Intervention? Years and years of therapy? I called them something else this ...

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Ten Artists: March 2019

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Kristina Koller At The Poli Club Self Produced 2019 New York City vocalist Kristina Koller follows up her debut recording, Perception (Self Produced, 2017), with this four-song, extended play live recording. Koller is backed by Fima Chupakhin on piano, Ben Rubens on bass and Darrian Douglas on drums. Their support deepens the organic flavor of Koller's sturdy and expressive voice. After Koller and company deliver a solid “Save Your Love for Me," the group assembles ...

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Cyrille Aimee: Move On - A Sondheim Adventure

Read "Move On - A Sondheim Adventure" reviewed by Chris Mosey


Cyrille Aimée's latest album may come as a shock to fans of the French vocalist. Gone is the light, bubbly approach that has been her hallmark. Aimée is now a “musical interpreter," no less, and is devoting a whole album to the late works of American composer Stephen Sondheim. Except for Adrien Moignard's acoustic guitar on “So Many People," she has discarded her marvelous manouche backing band, depriving her of the interplay that made her recent stint ...

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Cyrille Aimée: Cyrille Aimee Live

Read "Cyrille Aimee Live" reviewed by Chris Mosey


As a little girl, Cyrille Aimée would climb out of the bedroom window of her home in Samois-sur-Seine, near Fontainbleau in northern France and run off to join local gypsies by their camp fires, playing jazz and singing just as they did with Django Reinhardt (who is buried nearby). Reinhardt never managed to acclimatize himself to the international stardom that eventually came his way as a guitarist. He was forever yearning back to those happy, carefree days ...

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Seven Women 2018 – Part VI

Read "Seven Women 2018 – Part VI" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Jazz vocals remains a vibrant and productive subgenre as evidenced by this spate of recent releases. Diane Marino Soul Serenade: The Gloria Lynne Project M&M Records 2018 Singer Gloria Lynne had a long and productive career, one that remained unjustly in the shade, deserving of the attention that it is getting now from singer Diane Marino on Soul Serenade: The Gloria Lynne Project. Marino began on piano, studies with Murray Perahia at ...

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Cyrille Aimee: Let’s Get Lost

Read "Let’s Get Lost" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Vocalist Cyrille Aimee is the face of post-modernity. She is the eclectic intersection of French, Dominican, and Roma genes and cultures. The result is brilliantly polyglot, the beautiful blending of goodness. This whispering description could just as easily apply to Aimee's music. Let's Get Lost boasts the same eclectic origins as the singer. For this current recording, Aimee is backed by two guitars, bass and drums, accentuating a Gypsy element in the music chosen. Her repertoire is a dizzying array ...

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“She’s alert and thoroughly engaged in the logic of moving harmony when she improvises, one of those singers whom nonsinging musicians call “a musician”. “Her singing is focused and playful, full of feeling, space and light.” —The New York Times “Twenty-six-year-old Cyrille Aimée, with a voice like fine whiskey — oaky and smooth, with a hint of smokiness — sang in a kind of intimate communion with one raised hand, held before her face, in the stream of her singing, like a trumpet mute, as if to physically shape the sound.” —The Washington Post "She exudes self-confidence, individuality, great musicality, and a fresh, captivating voice

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Move On - A Sondheim...

Mack Avenue Records
2019

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Cyrille Aimee Live

Mack Avenue Records
2018

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Let’s Get Lost

Mack Avenue Records
2016

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It's a Good Day

Mack Avenue Records
2014

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Burstin' Out!

Origin Records
2013

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Live at Birdland

Self Produced
2013

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