January is definitely networking month for the jazz community here in NYC and I’ve definitely been trying to make the most of it. I attended my first ever Jazz Congress at Lincoln Center and heard more than one person say that milennials are saving jazz. I am proud of my generation for valuing experiences and art over material possessions. With the economy as it is I think that many milennials have turned to entrepreneurial endeavors and have realized through that how important it is to support each other to keep things afloat. The jazz community is a great place to see that in action.
I don’t know about y’all, but I, for one, am excited!
I'm so excited to continue working on this new project. We had a fantastic 2 days in the studio at Big Orange Sheep in Sunset Park and the roughs sound really, really great. Onward and upward!
Happy to be bringing some new music into this new year. Check out this clip of my new project “Curious Beings” live at Cornelia Street Cafe!
Looking forward to working with these guys more this year, along other things.
Halfway through my 5 week stint abroad and getting ready for two very exciting performances this weekend debuting some new a capella solo vocal music I've been writing. Being in the Alps is the perfect environment for testing the limits of some extended techniques in the voice. I am excited to share these new pieces in Tirano, IT this Friday at 21:00 at Bar Caffe Pedonosso and this Saturday at 17:00 at Casa Hesler in Poschiavo, CH.
Then it's off to Berlin for a few more gigs (with pit stops in Milan and Brussels for fun :) before back to NYC. Always good to stay busy.
Guys, I'm SUPER excited to be embarking on an amazing tour this fall with Charley Sabatino as the Velocity Duo! We'll be on the road for a month, most notably with our artist-in-residence at the UNCOOL festival in Poschiavo, Switzerland, but also in Stockholm and then in Berlin! More info to come, I can't wait.
I had a blast yesterday recording my "Space Jazz" Trio's Submission to the NPR Tiny Desk Series. We chose to submit my tune "Moral" from the recently released "The Consciousness Test". I hope you enjoy it!
Read what fans and critics have been saying about "The Consciousness Test" below and if you've listened to it, let me know what you think by leaving a comment below or emailing me at email@example.com.
"Wayne Shorter described jazz as a challenge, and we believe that Lauren has addressed this challenge most successfully, especially with her vocalese, which is firmly rooted in the trio's instrumental texture"- Jose, www.lahabataciondeljazz.com (Spain)
" 'Voyager' is a particularly exceptional track. Brilliant work, creativity, composition, and concept"- Zem Audu, jazz saxophonist (USA)
"The line between genius and insanity is never knowingly underserved. Like a boxing glove in a box. Four Stars!" - Fiona Ord-Shrimpton, www.allaboutjazz.com
"Music without a net"- JazzWeekly
Also! Check out this fun interview I did with Dan Dunford for his podcast, "Divergent Paths"!
and this amazing interview and on-air performance I did with Charley Sabatino as the Velocity Duo for WKCR: