Sunday, April 22, 2007

Michelle Nicolle: Australia's first lady of jazz

Michelle Nicolle has been called "Australia's first lady of jazz", reports Ermine Kart ( Today's Zaman ). She sung in a jazz choir while she studied to be a teacher. When the conductor asked her to sing a solo, she improvised for the first time. These days she performs in Istanbul for two concerts organized by the Australian embassy to Turkey. Jazz improvisation is like a language speaking to the people, and the same time it is very personal, says Nicholle. The people are not so much used to singers improvising, not playing with words but with sounds. She always tries to imagine a story and thus continuing the poetry of the songs.

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