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Artist Listening Party ~ Phyllis Chapell & Siora

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Phyllis Chapell & SIORA -- World Songs ** World Jazz: a blend of music from the U.S., Latin/South America, Europe and the Middle East, all with their own unique arrangements--as well asoriginal compositions--all shaken and stirred with all-American jazz.

"We struggled with being all over the map, and then we embraced it!" says singer/guitarist PhyllisChapell. "Our music, wherever it comes from, passes through the prism of jazz, allowing us thefreedom to navigate--to cross musical borders."
Phyllis Chapell & SIORA upcoming CD release is called "The Other Side of the River" and showsall the various configurations possible, from solo (vocals and guitar) to ensemble work. PhyllisChapell plays and sings songs from around the world in up to 12 languages. Her 3-octave vocalsare supported and complemented by her acoustic guitar, capturing the essence of musical styles from percussive Brazilian sambas and explosive flamenco to elegant folk, jazz, contemporary and original ballads. She has been named one of the top 521 jazz vocalists by Scott Yanow (Downbeat, Jazz Times, AllMusicGuide) in his new book, "The Jazz Singers: The Ultimate Guide".
Alongside Chapell are keyboardist Dave Posmontier (who has played with Christian McBride, Chris Potter, Duane Eubanks, David "Fathead" Newman and Johnny Hartman); on saxophone and pennywhistle is Ken Ulansey (Penn Council for the Arts winner, who has played contemporary classical music with Relache, jazz with his own award-winning band, Latin with Synthesis and Minas, and folk music with many leading songwriters--he has travelled extensively throughout the world and has played on nearly 200 recordings); on bass are Rob Swanson (who has played with Giacomo Gates and the Clifford Brown & Stan Getz All Stars) or Chico Huff (James Taylor, Carly Simon, Solas......