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Armenian Public Radio
Joanna Wallfisch: A Musical Portrait
Music Style: Jazz & Mixed Genre
February 10, 2018 @ 8pm

Boston Court's Winter Music Series is made possible in part by the Pasadena Arts & Culture Commission and the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division.

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Two extraordinary musical journeys with this highly-gifted, genre-blending singer and composer. Her multimedia musical memoir about one woman’s solo concert tour via bicycle from Portland to Los Angeles “The Great Song Cycle Song Cycle” is paired with the new album release of her latest and greatest opus “Blood and Bone.”

Featuring

  • Joanna Wallfisch (voice, ukulele, loop effects)
  • Matt Politano (piano)
  • David Tranchina (bass)
  • Trevor Anderies (drums)
  • Alina Roitstein (vocals)
  • Argenta Walther (vocals)

Program

  • The Great Song Cycle Song Cycle"
    • 1. When We Travel
    • 2. Road Trip*
    • 3. Far Away From Any Place Called Home
    • 4. Rex The Travelling Dog
    • 5. Ballet Of Birds
    • 6. Final Flight

* Featured on the brand new album "Blood & Bone"

  • "Blood & Bone"
    • 1. The Ship
    • 2. Dandelions
    • 3. Ready To Love Again
    • 4. Lullaby Girl
    • 5. Summer Solstice
    • 6. Bo Ba Bo
    • 7. Choices
    • 8. Solitude In A Song
    • 9. Runaway Child
    • 10. The Truth
    • 11. I'm A Traveler
    • 12. Blood and Bone

All music and lyrics written and arranged by Joanna Wallfisch. Video by Joanna Wallfisch.

About the Artist

Joanna Wallfisch

Hailed by pianist Fred Hersch as "a real discovery — a first rate musician in every way", London born, LA / NYC based vocalist, composer and multi-instrumentalist Joanna Wallfisch has emerged as a unique voice in the singer-songwriter world.

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. Since then she has released three more albums to critical acclaim: "The Origin Of Adjustable Things" (2015), "Gardens In My Mind" (2016), "Blood and Bone" (2018). Her 2016 release “Gardens In My Mind”, (Sunnyside, 2016), features pianist Dan Tepfer and the award-winning Sacconi Quartet, showcasing Joanna’s “crystalline delivery” (Downbeat) and lush string quartet writing. Downbeat gave this album four stars, calling it "an exquisite singer-songwriter album”, while PopMatters called it “a truly beautiful listen from start to finish”.

Due to her eclectic musical background Joanna's music is a unique combination of classical, jazz, folk and art-song. Tying it all together are her poetic lyrics which The New York Times described as "sensitive and deep”. Her constant experimentation extends beyond composition and arrangement to her striking live performances. A master of vocal-looping, her innovative techniques allow her to generate riveting performances by creating beguiling vocal and percussive soundscapes to accompany her self-penned songs. Supporting that is her work with piano and ukulele, as well as her full band and string quartet projects.

An adventurer at heart, in the summer of 2016 Joanna chose to tour the West Coast of the USA by bicycle, traveling 1,154 miles carrying her instruments, tent, and all other gear she needed for the journey, and performed 16 solo shows between Portland and Los Angeles. She called this adventure “The Great Song Cycle”. In her inimitable fashion Joanna then went on to distill this journey in the form of a musical memoir entitled “The Great Song Cycle Song Cycle”. This piece was debuted at New York’s prestigious venue National Sawdust in July 2017, and she brings it to life once more at Boston Court.

Joanna is also a passionate educator, and in February 2016 she traveled to Mumbai, India, where she worked with the UK charity Song Bound, who bring music education to the poorest and most marginalized children in Mumbai. There she led a choir of 250 children in song, and taught them one of her own songs "Bo Ba Bo". This was a life changing experience for Joanna and she continues to work in music education with children and adults from all backgrounds, for she believes that music is a true healer.

In 2013 Joanna went on a US tour with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, singing with Chorale le Chateau as part of The Abysinnian Mass project. She has also worked with jazz luminaries such as Dan Tepfer, Kenny Werner, and Lee Konitz. She regularly tours her own projects internationally, including in Europe, Australia, Japan and throughout the US.

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