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Kristen Cornwell: When an Australian Jazz talent meets Europe

In Artist of the Month on November 7, 2013 at 9:57 am

Dear Friends,

Sometimes, I have the huge pleasure to discover Jazz Singers who move me from inside. If you don’t know her, Kristen Cornwell is one of those remarkable singers who can sing with an absolute vocal technique and it seems to be so natural !

Her last CD “Duke Ellington’s Sound of Love” mixes fresh arrangements with classic interpretations. It is a pure delight, that why I couldn’t keep it for myself 🙂 !

Please take the time to seat down comfortably, relax and listen one of the tunes:

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Enjoy !

Céline

kristen-cornwell

Here are some elements of her biography:

“The musician’s singer”, Kristen Cornwell enjoyed status as one of Australia’s most respected jazz singers for over 10 years before moving to Belgium in 2004. A graduate in Jazz of the National Institute of the Arts at The Australian National University she was a MO Award nominee in the Jazz Vocalist Section for four years running and a finalist in the National Jazz Awards. Kristen has also attained her Masters in jazz performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels and established her own quintet. This quintet features some of Europe’s finest musicians: Pascal Schumacher (LUX) on vibraphone, Frederik Leroux (B) on guitar, Dennis Frehse (D) on drums and Christophe Devisscher (B) on bass.

She worked with notable musicians including Don Burrows, James Morrison, Julian Lee, George Golla, Scott Hamilton, Carl Orr, Sandy Evans and The Australian Art Orchestra. She toured China twice with Don Burrows and along with two CD’s under her own name has featured on CD’s by Guitarist’s Jeremy Sawkins (‘Toys’), Carl Orr (‘Mean It’ and ‘Blue Thing’) and Steve Hunter (‘Condition Human’).

Kristen was part of the outstandingly successful homage to Charlie Parker by Sandy Evans, ‘Testimony’, which was presented in the Sydney Opera House as part of the 2002 Sydney Festival. In April 2008 Kristen released her first CD in Europe with her quintet, Distant Skies, on the Belgian record label Jules Jazz.  “a dazzling CD” according to Jazz Flits in Holland. In 2012 Kristen released a second CD in Europe, Duke Ellington’s Sound of Love and mixes fresh arrangements with classic interpretations. “It is fantastic how (this recording) drips with decadence” (Jazzflits NL April 2012). On this recording Kristen comes into her own as a mature story-teller and a singer of supreme expressiveness. In April 2013 Kristen was invited to sing in Belgium with the Duke Ellington Big Band on their concert hall tour of Europe.

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It’s not jazz but a great opportunity for SINGERS

In Few written notes on March 25, 2012 at 6:14 pm

AUDITION CALL

Music Hall is looking for excellent singers with actor skills for its upcoming European tourproduction “Peter Pan”.

Creative team:

Producer & Original Idea: Geert Allaert

Director & Concept: Luc Petit

Musical director, arrangements & additional composition: Matt Dunkley

Music clearance and supervisor: Matt Biffa

Costume design & supervision: Kaat Tilley

Script adaptation: Geert Bouckaert

Sound design: Alain Curieux

Light design: Painting with Light, Luc Peumans

Auditions will be held in Antwerp on the 2nd and 3rd of April

Requirements:

We are looking for

PETER :                                C2 to G#3 mid/high light tenor – pop voice

WENDY :                             F2 to E4 mid soprano – light pure voice

MRS DARLING:                 Bb2 to A3  mezzo soprano/contralto – mature, rich torch-song voice

MR DARLING :                  C2 to Bb2  low tenor/baritone

TIGER LILY:                         C3 to D4  mid soprano – pure young voice

HEAD MERMAID :           C3 to C4 mezzo soprano – floaty, ethereal voice

HOOK :                                Bb1 to G3 baritone – semi-operatic

SMEE :                                 Bb1 to Eb3 baritone or low tenor – semi-operatic

Planning:

Rehearsals: July-August 2012 in Brussels Belgium

Shows + World Première: 1st of September until the 9th of September and from the 17th of December 2012 until the 7th of January 2013 in Brussels Belgium

Afterwards the European tour during 2013. Exact dates and locations to be confirmed.

 

Practicals:

Please send 1 clear photo and detailed CV(please include your mobile number and e-mailadres in your CV!!) before the 27th of March 2012 to peterpan@musichall.be

Also note for which part you would like to audition

We will inform you whether or not you will be invited to the auditions + send you the required audition songs the 28th of March 2012 at the latest.