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Feb. 21, 2018

US Mini Tour!

I have just returned from performances in New York City, at The Cornelia Street Cafe (Feb. 6) and The Cell (Feb. 10), at Grasso's (Feb. 9) in Cold Spring Harbor, NY and at the historic Deer Head Inn in Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania. A time of beautiful music and much laughter! It was exciting to debut some new originals featured in "The One and the Other" and see how the audiences responded. A great success all round.

Thank you Hot House, New York’s premier jazz guide, for this lovely blurb in the Spotlight section, February 2018:

“Lara Solnicki’s range alone has been captivating listeners since she began her career—but it’s her vulnerability and intimate connection to the lyric that resonates beyond the limits of her upper and lower registers. Each spontaneous interpretation of standard and original repertoire teems with individualism and vocal mastery".

 

Dec. 11, 2017

US Performances in February:

I'm heading to New York City and to the historic Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania in February for my first US performances!

February 6, 2018— 8-9 pm Trio Performance at The Cornelia Street Café

Feb. 6, 2018 marks my New York City debut at one of my all-time favourite places to hang, The Cornelia Street Café. It will feature the excellent musicians, Spanish pianist and composer Marta Sanchez and fellow Canadian, Rick Rosato, bass. We’ll be performing a range of material, including my original music and poetry, songs from my second CD "Whose Shadow?" (2014, Inner Circle Music), and gems from The Great American Songbook. For more information, please visit corneliastreetcafe.com

February 9, 2018— 7-11 pm at Grasso's restaurant and jazz club, Cold Spring Harbor, New York
I'll be heading just out of the city to Cold Spring Harbor, New York, for an evening of standards at Grasso's, joined by Marta Sánchez, piano and Peter Brendler, bass. Expect beautiful, pristine sound! Yeah!
Please visit grassosrestaurant.com for details.

February 10, 2018— 8-9 pm Pre-Valentine’s Day Quintet Performance at The Cell

Another debut in New York! This Pre-Valentine's Day themed concert at the intimate Cell Theatre, features a wonderful quintet, including— Marta Sanchez, piano, Cuban alto sax player Roman Filiu, Rick Rosato, bass and Chilean drummer Rodrigo Recabarren. We will debut some new original music and poetry from "The One and the Other" CD, to be released later in 2018, material from "Whose Shadow?" as well as romantic songs from The Great American Songbook. I’m thrilled to be performing with these musicians for the first time! For more information thecelltheatre.org

February 14, 2018—7-11 pm Valentine’s Day at Deer Head Inn:

I'm super excited to be performing for the first time at Deer Head Inn in Delaware Water Gap Pennsylvania, "Home of Jazz in the Pocono Mountains!" This evening of Valentine’s Day inspired songs from The Great American Songbook features terrific musicians Skip Wilkins, piano and Matthew Parrish, bass. For details, please visit deerheadinn.com

February 23, 2018 7:30-10:30 pm at The Home Smith Bar

I'll be back in Toronto, performing at one of my favourite venues, The Home Smith Bar at Old Mill Toronto with the wonderful Ted Quinlan, guitar and Roberto Occhipinti, bass.

Upcoming Projects

Many thanks to The Ontario Arts Council for awarding me a National and International Residency Grant! I will be returning to New York in 2018, dates TBD, mentored by the amazing composer and pianist Frank Carlberg!

Thanks again to the Ontario Arts Council for awarding me a Creation Grant to compose a new ekphrastic song cycle called "Rumination in Black and White".

The One and the Other CD:

I am thoroughly enjoying this incubation process, arranging and recording with the unique musical mind and ears of producer, arranger, musician Jonathan Goldsmith. Stay tuned!

Chalmers Professional Development Projects Grant

And finally: Thank you to the Chalmers Foundation and The Ontario Arts Council for a really interesting summer in New York City, mentored by Greg Osby and others.

Wishing you all a great holiday, and looking forward to 2018!

Lara

 

March 1, 2017

Greetings!

Lots of excitement on the horizon…

New CD Recording “The One and the Other”
Thanks to FACTOR and The Toronto Arts Council, my next recording project “The One and the Other” was officially set in motion on February 20. This cinematic project of all original music fuses modern jazz, art pop, chamber music and poetry. This album is produced and arranged by the exceptionally talented musician, composer and producer Jonathan Goldsmith. One of the country's most sought-after film and television composers, and the winner of three Gemini awards, he is also known for his work with Bruce Cockburn, Jane Siberry, The Art of Time Ensemble, Nick Buzz, Sarah Slean and many others. The album will feature myself, vocals, compositions and poetry/lyrics, Jon Goldsmith, keyboards, other instruments and electronics, Hugh Marsh, electric violin, Davide DiRenzo, drums and percussion, Rob Piltch, guitar, Rich Brown, electric bass and some other great artists to be revealed as the arrangements take shape. It will recorded by the amazing Jeff Wolpert at Desert Fish Studios.

Sunday Night Residency at The Toronto Temperance Society
January 22 I began a weekly residency every Sunday night from 7-10 pm with special guest musicians at The Toronto Temperance Society “a secret & sophisticated members only bar, dedicated to serious drinkers!” The food is excellent too!

**This is the only evening that non- members can attend. If you wish to attend and are not a member, then please message me at lara@larasolnicki.com. For details, please visit torontotemperancesociety.com and www.sidecarrestaurant.ca.

Jazz Vespers Service at Beach United
April 1, I return to Beach United Church for a Jazz Vespers service at 4:30 pm: “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever”, featuring myself, vocals, Ted Quinlan, guitar and George Koller, bass.

Happy March 2017 to you, and thanks for visiting!

Lara

 

Jan 1, 2016

Happy 2016!

I awoke this morning (afternoon actually) to discover that my second CD “Whose Shadow?” (Inner Circle Music) has been listed on Jazz History Online as one of the Best Vocal Jazz CDs of 2015! Thank you Thomas Cunniffe! It's a real honour to be included among artists such as Tony Bennett, Kurt Elling and Dee Dee Bridgewater! For the complete listing, please visit www.jazzhistoryonline.com/Summation_2015.html.
www.innercirclemusic.com

More exciting news: This past October, I was awarded a Chalmers Foundation Career Development Grant from the Ontario Arts Council to study improvisation and composition for large ensemble with the legendary saxophonist and composer Greg Osby in New York! I'm still not sure when is the best time to go, but it will most certainly be this year.

This month, January 12-17, I return to New York for the Jazz Connect Conference. I'm very excited to reconnect with people I met last year, and to make new friends!

Some upcoming winter and spring Performances: Thursday February 25 I will return to one of favourite venues, Lula Lounge, with Ted Quinlan (guitar) and Mike Downes (bass) for 1 set of standards and “not- so” standards. Thursday April 21 I'll be performing at one of our city's most intimate listening rooms, The Old Mill Home Smith Bar, with Ted Quinlan and Andrew Downing (bass).

I'll be returning to beautiful Guelph Ontario to the Manhattans club Fridays April 22 and June 24 with band TBD.

Finally, the great Greg Osby will be joining my trio in London, Ontario, as our very special guest May 15, for a concert at the Wolf Performance Hall as part of the Serenata series. For details, please visit www.serenatamusic.com.

Wishing everyone a year of great success and surprise!

Lara

 

June 30, 2015

2015: A Year of Change

Hello! It's been some time since I updated my News page... This is due to the capricious nature of 2015! Here's what I've been up to:

"Whose Shadow? " Joins the Inimitable Greg Osby's Inner Circle Music Record Label!

A fortuitous meeting with master musician Greg Osby in New York in January, resulted in an offer for my sophomore album “Whose Shadow?” to join his label, Inner Circle Music! I'm thrilled and honoured to be 1 of 7 vocalists, and 1 of 2 Canadians on this wonderful, international label!

With #1 songs on CBC and Radio Canada jazz charts, and top 20 songs on international jazz web radio charts, "Whose Shadow?" has been enjoying some international success! It was just featured in JAZZIZ Magazine's spring 2015 issue, with a song in their CD sampler. Please visit my Press page for new international reviews.

"The One and the Other" Song Cycle

A great big thank you to the Toronto Arts Council for The Music Creation Grant I was awarded in December 2014. Scheduled for completion August 15, 2015, [two year old] dreams, images and sensory memory are being fused into the epic, episodic, dreamscape poetic song cycle "The One and the Other". From contemporary jazz to recited poetry with program music, it is my most ambitious creation project to date. Stay tuned!

Performances, Performances!

Thank you Lula Lounge for a wonderful evening performing with Ted Quinlan and Jim Vivian in the TD Toronto Jazz Festival June 23! Present was one of the most focused and attentive concert-seeking audiences I've encountered in my career! Speaking of quiet dinner rooms, I'm very much looking forward to my debut at Bloom Restaurant October 29, with Ted Quinlan and George Koller. Bloom offers excellent Nuovo Latino cuisine and a wonderful intimate concert environment. For reservations and details, please visit bloomrestaurant.com.

Interview with Los Angeles' CoffeeTalk JAZZ Radio!

Last but certainly not least, this Thursday July 2, 2015 7:00 pm EST/ 4pm PST, I'll be interviewed by Ms. Brigitte Lewis on the award winning CoffeeTalk JAZZ Radio. Please do snoop in on our 90 min. or so conversation! And if you can't make it, the link to the podcast will remain on my website. Just click below:

www.blogtalkradio.com

Thank you for stopping by, and hope to see you soon!

Lara

 

Oct. 16, 2014

New Beginnings...A Season of Adventure!

"Whose Shadow?" Starts Receiving Wonderful Press

Reviews of my sophomore album "Whose Shadow?" (released March 30) are just beginning to come in (and regularly updated on my Press page). I was floored to receive a truly remarkable review (also the first from the USA!) from Everett. R. Davis at All About Jazz:

"She has emerged from the Canadian scene with a spellbinding voice...with boldly unique style and a vocal attitude of her own. With exceptional tonal control and her mastery of inflection, Lara Solnicki has without doubt, charted her vocal journey, affirming her position as a world class jazz singer."

For the complete review, please visit www.allaboutjazz.com

Ottawa Debut− Lara Solnicki and Roddy Ellias at GigSpace

October 25 marks my Ottawa debut, and my first performance with the wonderful guitarist and composer Roddy Ellias! Roddy and I will be performing a wide range of repertoire− Roddy's compositions, jazz arrangements of Maurice Ravel, and Henry Purcell...Ralph Towner, The Great American Songbook and music from "Whose Shadow?".

...Our show is happening at the intimate GigSpace− a favourite venue among musicians.

Please visit www.gigspaceottawa.com for tickets and details, and www.roddyellias.com

Just Announced: The Montreal "Whose Shadow?" CD Release Concert

Montreal is arguably one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and as some say my "home away from home".

The Montreal "Whose Shadow?" CD Release Concert has just been set for Saturday November 29 at Bleury Bar à Vinyle, in a concert featuring Roddy Ellias, guitar and Adrian Vedady, bass. We will most certainly include some new favourites from the Ottawa performance!

www.vinylebleury.ca

Seeds of a New Trio: Lara Solnicki, Brian Katz and George Koller

Last but certainly not least: October 19 I am joined by the one and only, great guitarist and composer Brian Katz, along with irreplaceable bassist George Koller, in a concert featuring Brian's music, Ralph Towner, Jobim and The Great American Songbook.

What can I say, there's magic in the air! And stars to follow....

www.stphilips.net
www.briankatz.com
www.georgekoller.com

Lara

 

April 4, 2014

"Whose Shadow?" Released to a Full House ! ! !

My sophomore CD, "Whose Shadow?" was launched Sunday March 30 to a full house at Toronto's elegant Jazz Bistro, in a concert featuring the album's producer and bass player, George Koller, pianist Mark Kieswetter and John Johnson on tenor and soprano saxophones, bass clarinet and flute.

It's been three years since George and I planted the first seeds over expressos in Leslieville!

Thank you to the wonderful band, along with Sybil Walker and the rest of the staff at Jazz Bistro, and to various hosts at Jazz FM.91, CBC and CIUT for helping to make the evening such a success! Thank you to the wonderful designers Deborah Korosec of Studio Gang for the exquisite clothes, and Louisa LaBarbera for providing the wonderful bling! Big thanks also to Josef Hochleitner for the dramatic photos!

"Whose Shadow?" is an eclectic and enchanting album about metamorphosis and influence, and the conscious and unconscious shaping of an artist. It is now available to be purchased through me directly, by emailing lara@larasolnicki.com, and will be available on itunes and CD Baby by the end of next week. Several short excerpts of songs have uploaded to my website.

Our first follow up concert is taking place tomorrow evening, April 5: I am very excited to have my debut both in Guelph, Ontario and at the Manhattans jazz club, with my trio: including Ted Quinlan, guitar and George Koller, bass. We will be performing music from the new album, along with songs from the Great American Songbook, Ralph Towner and more!

I am also thrilled to be returning this month, to The Old Mill Home Smith Jazz Bar April 25, with Ted Quinlan and bassist Jim Vivian.

More about "Whose Shadow?"

Produced by multi-instrumentalist and producer George Koller (Holly Cole, Bruce Cockburn, Loreena McKennitt), the album features my original compositions, along with more traditional jazz fare, jazz arrangements of classical music - Maurice Ravel and Henry Purcell, art pop – Peter Gabriel, Joni Mitchell, Kate Bush and more...

Along with my vocals, compositions and co-arrangements, there are beautiful performances from many of Canada's finest jazz musicians: Mark Kieswetter- piano, rhodes and arrangements, George Koller- acoustic and electric bass, Ted Quinlan- guitar, Nick Fraser- drums, John Johnson- tenor and soprano sax, flute and bass clarinet, Lina Allemano- trumpet, Ernie Tollar- bansuri Flute and Davide DiRenzo-percussion.

The album was recorded by Grammy nominated engineer Jeremy Darby at The Canterbury Music Company, and was mastered by the award-winning David Travers-Smith. Stanley Péan, Novelist and Host of Quand le jazz est là (Radio Canada, Espace Musique), has written the bilingual liner notes.

Wow, what a milestone!

Thanks for visiting my website, and happy (sluggish) spring!

Lara

 

Nov. 8, 2013

Wonderful news!

I am thrilled to announce that my second CD, "Whose Shadow?" is now available for sale!

For a limited time − just in time for the holidays − it can be purchased through my website directly. Please email lara@larasolnicki.com for details!

The "Whose Shadow?" CD release concert will take place Sunday March 30, 2014 at Toronto's elegant Jazz Bistro, and will feature myself vocals,Mark Kieswetter, piano, George Koller, bass and John Johnson, saxophones, bass clarinet and flute.

Three song samples of "Whose Shadow?" are now uploaded on my website!

Produced by George Koller (Holly Cole, Laila Biali, The Shuffle Demons), this original and artful project has been at the forefront of my thoughts and energies for the past two years!

It's a highly personal CD− falling between contemporary jazz and art song, it documents my evolution from classical musician, to poet, to jazz vocalist and composer.

"Whose Shadow?" features my original compositions, along with more traditional jazz fare, jazz arrangements of classical music, Peter Gabriel, Joni Mitchell, Kate Bush and more!

A couple of other announcements: I am delighted to be performing January 19 at the Lula Lounge, as part of a special evening produced by Lula called "Jazz by 3", featuring myself and vocalists Luanda Jones and Fern Lindzon, along with band mates George Koller, Ted Quinlan, Gord Sheard and Mark Kelso.

Last of all, I am honoured to be conducting a master class for the Ontario Registered Music Teachers' Association on Sunday February 2, 2014, called "The Art of Jazz Singing."

The workshop is geared for classically trained vocalists, but open to everyone with diverse vocal and musical experiences!

For details and registration info, please visit, www.ormta.org

Looking forward to seeing you soon...

Yours musically,
Lara

 

Dec 13, 2012

My sophomore CD is about to head into the final stages of production! Please check back in January 2013 for some exciting announcements!

Happy holidays!
Lara

 

Apr. 25, 2012

Toronto in bloom!

BACK IN THE STUDIO
June 18 and 19 I will be returning to The Canterbury Music Company to record my sophomore CD!

The fantastic, multifaceted George Koller is producing the project, and along with George and myself, will feature the amazing Mark Kieswetter (piano), Ted Quinlan (guitar) and Nick Fraser (drums)... plus special mystery guests. This will be an eclectic project, please check back soon for more info!

JAZZ FESTIVALS
I am honoured to have my first feature in the TD Toronto Jazz Festival: Distillery District Pure Spirits Patio on Sunday June 24, 3-6 pm with Mark Kieswetter and George Koller!

... As well as an invitation to perform in The Festival de Jazz de Québec this fall! Details to follow.

Other TD Toronto Jazz Festival appearances include 3 nights at Pan on the Danforth, June 24 with Mark Kieswetter and George Koller, and June 28 and July 1 with Ted Quinlan and Jim Vivian, as well as Gate 403 June 22 with Ali Berkok and Kurt Nielsen. Be sure to visit torontojazz.com for the full 2012 program.

Happy listening!

Lara

 

Feb. 10, 2012

Greetings on this not-so-wintery day! Some announcements:

"A Meadow in December" Receives Two **** 4 star reviews!!

I am tickled pink and it's the very first two! Christophe Rodriguez, for Le Journal de Montréal and Stanley Péan, for Voir. Please visit my Press page.

Thursday March 1 at 8 pm, the amazing, multifaceted George Koller and I will embark on a rare journey of poetry, exotic instruments, improvisation, originals and standards at Musideum: A World of Musical Instruments. Expect the unexpected and.... a live recording! For details visit www.musideum.com

Two interviews later this month: with Jaymz Bee on Jazz.FM91: Jazz in the City, featured Saturday February 25 between 6-8 pm! Tuesday February 28, 8 pm, I'll be returning to CIUT 89.5 with Craig Pady: What is Hip.

Hope you can tune in!

Lara

 

Oct. 3, 2011

Happy fall everyone!

This fall marks the beginning of several exciting new developments...

Starting with the beginnings of a new, fruitful relationship with beautiful Montréal!

Friday October 14 is my Montréal debut at the fabulous and fun House of Jazz, with Adam Daudrich, piano, Alex Bellegarde, bass and Michel Berthiaume, drums. For more information please visit www.houseofjazz.ca

Two other exciting debuts are at Hart House, University of Toronto: Jazz at Oscar's series Friday October 28 with Ted Quinlan, guitar and George Koller, bass.
www.harthouse.ca/arts/jazz-oscars

... and at the elegant and historic Old Mill Inn and Spa: Home Smith Bar, Friday November 18 with Mark Kieswetter, piano and Jim Vivian. www.oldmilltoronto.com

And I am preparing for a new recording!
My sophomore CD, to be co-produced by the excellent George Koller and myself, will feature some of my new original songs, and a host of interesting and unexpected material.

Lastly, my weekly Sunday night gig at Pan will be commencing later in the fall, this time for jazz and wine lovers! Stay tuned www.panonthedanforth.com

à bientôt

Lara

 

Apr. 18, 2011
Happy Spring!

Hello hello! It's been several months since my last update.
Truth is, I've been standing on an ice patch, juggling emails and posters, singing alt scales…

Starting Sunday May 15, I'll be beginning a new weekly residency at Pan, 516 Danforth Ave. (just east of Chester). Great Mediterranean food, decor is exceptional!... as are my guest musicians, including− Ted Quinlan, Rob Piltch, George Koller, Adrean Farrugia and Richard Whiteman! www.panonthedanforth.com

I will be participating three nights at Pan as part of the 2011 TD Toronto Jazz Festival, Vocal Jazz Series, in the clubs, for the third year in a row. Sundays June 26 and July 3, and Thursday June 30. Be sure to check out www.torontojazz.com for this year's exciting line up.

Other performances I'm looking forward to, include a special birthday performance at the Reservoir Lounge, April 28, and Ten Feet Tall, July 23.

Hope to see you soon!
Lara

 

Nov 15, 2010
CD RELEASE!

Last night was the official release of my debut CD
A Meadow in December.

I had the great privilege of performing with two George Shearing alumnae, Reg Schwager and Neil Swainson to a full house.
Chalkers Pub was jam packed with a wonderful and enthusiastic crowd! Thank you Chalkers and to Lisa Particelli for coordinating this most successful evening. Also Francois Aubry for videotaping the event. Thank you also CBC for your promotional help, and to Rob Fogle at CHRY for featuring me on Some Experiences in Jazz.

And yes, the CD is now available!

What's up next? I'll be heading back to The Canterbury Music Company at the end of January to get started on my next project! This next CD will include some new original songs, and some musical settings of my preexisting poetry.

Stay tuned!
Lara

 

Sept 3, 2010
CD RELEASE!

Greetings!

First of all, I am thrilled to announce that the launch of my debut CD A Meadow in December will take place at Chalkers Pub on Sunday November 14, from 7-10 pm. I'll be performing with Reg Schwager (guitar), Neil Swainson (bass). The CD will be for sale at the launch, and thereafter online.

This summer, I enjoyed another great year in the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, performing at Alize Restaurant with wonderful guitar players Brian Katz and Roy Patterson to standing room only audiences!

I am also delighted to announce that my website is complete. Thank you Yesim Tosuner of Backyard Design!

Be sure to check out the poetry page.

Please contact me if you have any questions, or want to be added to my mailing list.

See you soon!

Lara

 

Feb 12, 2010
WEBSITE LAUNCH!

Welcome to phase one of my new website, designed by the lovely and imaginative Yesim Tosuner of Backyard Design!

I hope you enjoy the samples from my debut CD
A Meadow in December. Stay tuned for the launch date!

You can add yourself to my mailing list by emailing me at lara@larasolnicki.com

Bye for now!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whose Shadow? (Inner Circle Music)
−Best Vocal Jazz releases of 2015, (Jazz History Online)

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