Improvised Music Company

Piece by Piece #13: Lauren Kinsella

Piece by Piece: Lauren Kinsella
Friday 8th January, 20:00 GMT
Streaming on IMC's Youtube channel

Following the international success of the series Piece By Piece in April-May 2020, Improvised Music Company (IMC) returns with a second season of this unique musical ‘chain letter’ of online improvisation, with eight exciting new artists from Ireland creating new work in sequence.

The first series of Piece by Piece demonstrated the rich possibilities of the online medium, as some of Ireland’s finest improvising artists created new musical works. Creative use of film and manipulated visuals showed the artists’ inspirations and thought processes, and became as much part of the experience as the music. With a fresh impetus for this second season of Piece by Piece, the principle of interconnectedness will continue, with each artist’s performance influencing or inspiring the next.

This fifth work of the new season comes from vocalist Lauren Kinsella on Friday 8th January.

Lauren Kinsella is an Irish vocalist based in London. Her work as a composer, improviser, collaborator and performer has been described as “truly captivating” [For Folk’s Sake], “stunning” [BBC Radio 3] and with “inventive curiosity and imagination” [Irish Examiner]. A regular performer at many of London’s celebrated venues and festivals including Kings Place, Cafe Oto, the Vortex, the Royal Albert Hall, & Southbank Centre, she has also performed at several European festivals including Unerhört Jazz (Switzerland), InJazz (Netherlands), Cool Britannia (Vienna), Klaeng (Cologne), Down With Jazz (Ireland), Ankara International Music Festival (Istanbul), 12 Points (Porto). Lauren specialises in improvisation and her unique style of vocalisation involves exploring the different types of vocabulary connected with vocal and instrumental sound. From singing to speech, utterance to lexicon, syllabic deconstruction to stream of consciousness, Lauren’s work celebrates the human voice in multi-faceted ways. “A modernist, Kinsella is pushing vocal improvisation into new areas” [AllAboutJazz]

The eight sequential solo performances for ‘Piece by Piece’ Season 2, will be broadcast via IMC's YouTube channel, as well as IMC's social media platforms on Fridays at 8pm.

Enjoy fresh new music, influenced in real-time, from world-class Irish improvising musicians, telling the story of these times through new music and live performance, piece by piece.


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See the whole series here.

Lauren Kinsella

Lauren Kinsella is an Irish vocalist and composer based in London. Awarded UK Vocalist of the year at the JazzFM Awards (2016), she is known as one of London cities most adventurous artists performing throughout the UK and Europe as a soloist, a bandleader, and within several cross-arts projects. She sings and composes in many outfits including her own ensemble and Snowpoet with multi-instrumentalist Chris Hyson. She is a passionate educator and holds a senior lecturing post at Leeds Conservatoire. Lauren Kinsella is supported by PRS for Music Foundation.

She is the featured vocalist in several recent projects including French saxophonist Julien Pontvianne’s Abhra, Turkish composer Onur Turkmenn’s ‘Sailing to Byzantium’ and Irish composer Ian Wilson’s ‘The Last Siren. Kinsella also performs in Monster Music Improv; a musical and visual theatre show for children presented by The Ark and IMC.

In the past she has been awarded the Young Musicwide Performance Award (2010), the Kenny Wheeler Prize (2013), the THSH Birmingham Jazzlines Fellowship (2015) and she was a participant on the Take 5 10th Edition with Serious. She has received commissions from BBC Radio 3 and from Marsden Jazz Festival.

Kinsella’s performance and music are reviewed worldwide and she regularly features on several radio stations including BBC Radio 3 and Radio 6, RTE Lyric FM, Jazz FM, BBC Radio Scotland, Le Bande Passante, Sverigesradio and ORF Radio. To date, she has released critically acclaimed albums on Edition Records, WideEarRecords, Diatribe and Two Rivers Records.

Originally born in Dublin, she completed her masters at the Royal Academy of Music, London.

One of the brightest creative sparks to come out of the contemporary jazz vocal field in a long while.

– Jazzwise

There’s a very approving whisper going around jazz circles – deservedly – and it’s about Lauren Kinsella.

– Max Reinhardt BBC Radio 3

Pure and slightly vulnerable yet with a determined inner strength to it Lauren Kinsella’s is a voice that soars and swoops.

– Marlbank
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