Thirteenth Piece: Lauren Kinsella

This fifth work of this winter season of Piece By Piece, and thirteenth in the series overall, comes from vocalist Lauren Kinsella, premiering 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]

Lauren Kinsella's next release is with Snowpoet's Wait For Me released on Edition Records in February 2021.


Q. What does improvisation mean to you?

An enquiry into openness, chance and experience.

Q. How do you think about engaging with material or ideas from another artist when improvising?

Collaboration has always been an essential and rewarding part of improvisation for me. Piece by piece has offered a new approach to working as a collaborator. Firstly, I am responding as a soloist; this brings another dimension to the creative process and output. Secondly, I am responding not only to an artist's aural but also visual work. We are responding and reflecting across multiple mediums. This has afforded me a chance to experiment in a new way and seeing the other artist’s responses has been both thought-provoking and engaging.

Q. How do you think the world of music is changing or will change as result of the COVID-19 crisis?

Recently, I have performed in a couple of live streams and pre-recorded performances including a gig with the Irish Cultural Centre in Paris from my studio in London, and at Café Oto and the 606 Jazz Club for the London Jazz Festival. I enjoyed these – it was a new experience having to sing to several cameras with no or very limited audience at the venues. Even though live performances are on hold at the moment, the fact that we can respond in any way is a positive thing. 

Fine out more on her website and listen and buy Lauren's music via Bandcamp.

WATCH Lauren's Piece By Piece premiere on IMC's YouTube channel 8pm, Friday 8th January 2021.

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