Lauren Kinsella (Jazz Composition, 2017)Jazz Jantar Festival, November 2018

Lauren Kinsella

Fellow in 2017 for Jazz Composition

For me, along with the crucial financial wage the fellowship afforded me, was the time it gave me to really sit and think about a new piece of music, its performance and really what I wanted to say in terms of content, subject matter, context and narrative.

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Lauren Kinsella is an Irish vocalist and composer living in London. She performs in a range of diverse projects as a band leader, side-woman and collaborator.

Using her voice as an instrument, her work encompasses composition and improvisation across several genres including jazz, alternative folk, experimental and contemporary classical music. Awarded UK Vocalist of the year at the JazzFM Awards (2016) she sings and composes in many outfits including Snowpoet.

In the past she has been awarded the Young Musicwide Performance Award (2010), the Kenny Wheeler Prize (2013), the THSH Birmingham Jazzlines Fellowship (2015) and she was a participant on the Take 5 10th Edition with Serious. She has received commissions from BBC Radio 3 and from Marsden Jazz Festival.

Kinsella’s performance and music are reviewed worldwide and she regularly features on several radio stations including BBC Radio 3 and Radio 6, RTE Lyric FM, Jazz FM, BBC Radio Scotland, Le Bande Passante, Sverigesradio and ORF Radio. To date, she has released critically acclaimed albums on Edition Records, WideEarRecords, Diatribe and Two Rivers Records.