Phyllis Chapell & SIORA
Phyllis Chapell, "Chanteuse without borders" plays guitar and sings in 13 languages--with a repertoire from jazz to pop to originals to world.
It doesn't matter what language this woman sings in (and she
sings in quite a few), it's
captivating. Even when she scats, it's beautiful."
"Phyllis Chapell is an elegant singer who will steal your heart away
if you let her. She
accompanies herself on guitar, which she plays authoritatively...Her
music is tasteful, eclectic
and real. She eludes all labels!"
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Phyllis Chapell has spent her life developing a universal musical
style, singing "world songs."
Her repertoire includes songs in 13 languages from Brazil, Latin
America, Europe, Africa and
the Middle East, as well as American folk, jazz and popular music.
She also has a repertoire
of original songs; and her "Soul in Flight" won 2nd place in the Best
category of the Just Plain Folks awards. In 2009, Phyllis Chapell
was named one of the top
521 jazz vocalists of all time by Scott Yanow in his book "The Jazz
Singers: The Ultimate
Guide" published by Hal Leonard.
Phyllis Chapell has performed in concert as a solo artist and/or with
her ensemble SIORA in
the U.S., Latin America, Brazil and Europe. She lives and performs
mostly in the Philadelphia
area (including the Mid-Atlantic region).
In addition to her CDs with SIORA ("SIORA", "Vis-a-Vis" , "Vision of
the Dry Bones", and "The
Other Side of the River"), she has recorded 2 solo CDs called
"World Songs" and "Voice in
Phyllis Chapell also performs with Intercultural Journeys (led by
Philadelphia Orchestra cellist
Udi Bar-David), the Ken Ulansey Ensembles
Philly Musette Ensemble (www.phillymusette.com), and the Hot
Club Philly ensemble
My Jazz Story
I fell in love with jazz through Brazilian music, a funny way to land in American jazz, but
American jazz was a great influence on Brazilian music -- so I learned all the Brazilian bossa
standards and then went on to listen to all the American jazz vocalists.
I love the creativity, the play of jazz. I love the songs. And I love to add my own take on it
I also play some pop (but in my way, on an acoustic classical guitar--different!), folk and
originals, and I sing in 13 languages, ranging from Brazil/Latin America, to Europe and the Middle East
My website: www.phyllischapell.com