Gretchen Parlato (USA)
GALA CONCERT 7.30pm - 9pm.
Gala Concert is a separately ticketed event (or entry with Festival GOLD Pass)
MASTERCLASS 3pm - 4pm.
Recital Hall West. entry with festival pass.
Gretchen Parlato - vocals
Marcel Camargo - guitar & MD
Leo Costa - drums/percussion
Artyom Manukyan - cello
In the ten years since her arrival in New York City, Gretchen Parlato has emerged as one of the most inventive and mesmerising vocalists of her generation. In an artful communion of space, texture and a genre-bending repertoire, she has introduced a musical sea-change, making the power of subtlety front and centre in jazz. Widely acknowledged as the most original jazz singer of her generation, Parlato has been heralded by the press and jazz legends alike. Style Weekly gives insight to her live performances, saying "in performance, jazz vocalist Gretchen Parlato is a revelation… her diaphanous voice expands into an instrument of impressive range, rhythmic sophistication and emotional power." The Jazz Breakfast even picks up on the differences between her records and live performance, commenting, "the New York-based Californian and her band are terrific on record, but in live performance they fill the music with even more energy, stretching it like some magic pliable plastic into new and exciting forms. The rhythmic and dynamic expertise of all four is extraordinary. They shift the accents around, they pause, and fall back in perfectly, they deepen the groove and then ´shallow´ it gently again."
“Her voice is a conflux where hope, sensuality and tragedy all merge... the most original jazz singer in a generation. ”
— Steve Greenlee, Boston Globe
“I think in an inconspicuous way, Gretchen Parlato knows how to play the same instrument that Frank Sinatra played. There's no one out there like Gretchen. She's true blue.”
— Wayne Shorter