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Joanna Wallfisch

Friday 5th October 2018

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Hailed by pianist Fred Hersch as “a real discovery—a first-rate musician in every way,” London born singer-songwriter Joanna Wallfisch has emerged as an important voice, combining “the intimate purview of a singer-songwriter with the technical liberties of a jazz improviser” (The Boston Globe).With a classical and jazz background her music combines post-folk and art-song with a poetic lyricism which The New York Times described as "sensitive and deep”.

Since 2011 Joanna has released four critically acclaimed albums, and is constantly touring her own music around the globe in venues and festivals such as: The Woodford Folk Festival, Australia, London Jazz Festival, UK, Women in (e)Motion Festival, Germany; The Blue Whale, LA, National Sawdust, NYC, The Sunflower Theatre, CO, to name a few.

In 2013 Joanna had the opportunity to tour with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra as part of a 70 piece choir directed by Grammy-nominated Damien Sneed, for Mr. Marsalis’s piece “The Abyssinian Mass”. She has also appeared with other such luminaries as Lee Konitz and Kenny Werner.

In February 2018 Joanna releases her most adventurous record to date, “Blood and Bone”. An album of entirely Joanna's own compositions it is a display of Joanna's multi-instrumental abilities as she performs not only exquisite vocals, but also flute, keyboard, and baritone ukulele. Joining her is her New York band Jesse Elder (p), Pablo Menares (b), Kenneth Salters (d), Elias Meister(g), Jared Engel (banjo), plus The Solar String Quartet. It has been described by The World Music Report as “Quintessential heart-music by a vocalist who seems to have connected with the deepest recesses of her being emerging into brightness again with songs of haunting beauty.”

Born in London to a family of renowned classical musicians, Joanna earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree at Central Saint Martins College, London and École Superior des Beaux Arts, Paris. In 2011 she went on to complete a Masters in Jazz Performance from London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama, during which time she released her debut album Wild Swan, featuring New York City jazz talents Rob Garcia, Joe Martin, Art Hirahara and Sam Newsome.

Presented by Note Productions in association with NCH