“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!