Jazz Composition supported by PRS for Music Foundation - Winner 2017
Lauren Kinsella is a vocalist who explores the role of voice in contemporary composition and improvisation. This exploration is encompassed by her treatment of the voice as an instrument in itself - harmony, rhythm, form, sound and narrative all equally weigh within this process.
Known as one of London cities most adventurous performers, her recent accolades include JazzFM Vocalist of the Year (2016), Jazzlines Fellowship (2015) and The Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize (2013).
She has released several critically acclaimed albums, taking inspiration from a number of sources including poetry, nature and documentary footage. Her musical approach is highly varied: Kinsella’s 2016 album with Snowpoet focuses on the simple yet complex act of vocal storytelling. Sessile Oak (2009) shows a vastly different influence, this time from South Indian Carnatic music and Raga scales, the voice honing in on vowel and consonant resonance capacities.
Working as a soloist within many cross arts collaborations, a recent project saw Kinsella tour The Last Siren (2016) a new chamber opera conceived by Ian Wilson for improvisers inspired by Greek mythology. This project involved theatre and movement and their correlation with vocal sound and text, a new departure for Kinsella.
She is involved in many other projects with European artists -including Abhra led by saxophonist Julien Pontvianne in which his compositions are based on the diaries of American philosopher, poet and scholar Henry David Thoreau.
Inspired by Sebastiao Salgado’s documentary Salt of the Earth and Patti Smith’s Just Kids Kinsella was commissioned in 2015 by Marsden Jazz Festival, her output of which was a body of work entitled What Window Do You Look Out Of? for voice, tenor saxophone, piano, bass and drums. Following a successful Women Make Music Award (PRSF 2016), Kinsella subsequently performed this music throughout the UK with a nationwide tour under her own name.
She appears regularly on UK, Irish and International radio broadcasts such as BBC6 with Lauren Laverne and Late Junction with Mara Carlyle on BBC Radio 3 with Snowpoet.