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ADI BRAUN – MODERNE FRAU
December 10, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm$20
Adi Braun, one of Canada’s leading jazz vocalists, today announced that the Moderne Frau CD launch on October 22 at Temerty Theatre is SOLD OUT! Braun will now host a second CD launch for her newest recording, inspired by the music of 1920s Weimar, Berlin, on December 10, 2017 at 7:00 p.m., at Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria Street.
WHOLE NOTE REVIEW – NOVEMBER 2017
Perhaps Adi Braun is playing to her strengths on Moderne Frau. But rarely is the seduction of Weimar Berlin cabaret been performed with a sassier va-va-voom and oomph than on the 13 songs of this recording. Now that could well be due in part to the outstanding musicians on the album, but there is nothing whatsoever that can outshine Braun’s luminously sung performance. Clearly Braun’s redemptive gods are Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill and she makes every gesture count meaningfully on this disc, where biting satire and burlesque meet outrageously colourful art song.
Certainly the music speaks in a special way to Braun. She reveals their secrets in seductive whispers; there is a burning lust for life played out in these lyrics, especially in the music of Brecht and Weill, but Moderne Frau, the title track (her own compositon), is also an outstanding example of her creativity, as is Speak Low from the pen of Weill and Ogden Nash.
Braun clearly revels in the intensity of the songs’ drama and it is this aspect of the disc that spotlights her vocals throughout. The vocalist’s larger-than-life persona is also a perfect fit for this repertoire and she isn’t afraid to push it to its limits either. The results are often more beautiful and nuanced than expected. The edgiest moments come in Mackie Messer, perhaps the defining moment on the entire disc, closely followed by the bittersweet tenderness of It Never Was You
Moderne Frau presents 13 tracks, including three original songs composed by Braun and songs by leading German composers: Kurt Weill, Franz Grothe and Mischa Spoliansky. Musicians featured on the recording are: Tom King, piano; Pat Collins, bass; Daniel Barnes, drums/percussion; Tony Quarrington, guitar/banjo; Joseph Macerollo, accordion; Juan Gabriel Olivarez, clarinet; Brad Eaton, trumpet, Conrad Gluch, tenor saxophone, and Zack Smith, trombone.
In her live performance, in support of Moderne Frau, Braun pays tribute to the women of Weimar Berlin, during the latter part of the interwar period between German’s defeat in World War I in 1918 and Hitler’s rise to power in 1933, when arts and sciences flourished in the Weimar Republic. It was fertile ground for intellectuals, artists, and innovators from many fields. The social environment was chaotic, politics were passionate, and the cabaret scene was decadent. Women had a strong presence in the cabaret scene, performing songs of protest, prostitution, and everyday life, in the clubs. Even the sensational American entertainer and activist Josephine Baker who devoted much of her life to fighting racism – to whom Braun pays tribute in her song Josephine – made frequent visits to perform at cabaret clubs in Berlin during this period.
Adi Braun is an accomplished artist in cabaret, concert and theatre, performing in every major jazz and concert venue in Toronto and having toured Canada, the U.S. and Europe. Among her four recordings to date, she was short-listed for a 2004 Juno nomination for her recording Delishious and the song, Show Me Yours, from The Rules of the Game, was featured in an episode of the hit U.S. TV series The “L” Word. Born in Toronto, Adi grew up in Europe in a family of musicians. Her parents were opera singers and her brother, Russell, is a world-renowned baritone, with whom she has performed in operas and operettas. Braun studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music and the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music.
In the late 90s, Adi returned to the music she loves, which she calls “cabarazz,” that draws on aspects from both cabaret and jazz idioms. Regarded as one of Canada’s leading jazz vocalists, in 2007 she was nominated as Best Major Jazz Vocalist of the Year by the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC).
Her repertoire ranges from the Great American Songbook, to European cabaret, to contemporary songs by Canadian legends such as Shirley Eikhard and Gordon Lightfoot, as well as her own original compositions and arrangements. She performs in English, German, French and Spanish.
Moderne Frau will be available for sale at the CD launch, at Adi Braun’s live performances, and for digital download on iTunes.
Tickets for the Moderne Frau CD Launch at Jazz Bistro on December 10, 2017, are $20. Dinner reservations must be made in advance by calling 416-363-5299.
For more information on Adi Braun and her upcoming performances, log on to www.adibraun.com.