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2016 Vocalist of the Year

Lauren Kinsella

Lauren Kinsella

Lauren Kinsella is a vocalist and composer based in London. She performs extensively throughout the UK, Ireland and more recently in Europe as a soloist, a bandleader and within collectives and interdisciplinary projects. Kinsella has won several awards including The Young Musicwide Award, The Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize and The Gershon Ellenbogen/Maccabaen Award. Born in Dublin, she spent time studying in Ireland, Switzerland and Sweden before attending The Royal Academy in London to complete a Masters degree in jazz.

Kinsella’s work is profoundly influenced by literature with several of her projects being directly inspired by the works of such great poets as W.B. Yeats and Ted Hughes. Her music also manages to weave poetry, periodic scatting and Irish folk influences. This decidedly literate jazz can be hailed as a unique pairing of classical literature with at times highly experimental and intriguing Jazz material that originates from Kinsella’s childhood experiences in her father’s second-hand bookstore in Dublin.

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