Just finished a wonderful video recording series, for upcoming Halloween release!
Sophie Dunér to co-host ‘Dr. Sushi’s Free Jazz BBQ’/WMSE
Sophie will have the honor to co-host ‘Dr. Sushi’s Free Jazz BBQ’/WMSE on Tuesday September 27 from 9am – 12pm (CT). Together with Dr. Sushi, she will talk about music that has influenced her and also play songs from her new solo album ‘Strictly Business’. She willas well offer a hot new teaser of her upcoming ‘Modern Mingus’ duo CD together with Bertram Lehman on percussion & electronics. http://www.wmse.org/
“Dunér is a high-octane performer who thrives on visceral contrasts, rhythmic changes, and simmering intensity. She is a stylistic omnivore, taking elements from musical arenas that interest her but fashioning them to her own idiosyncrasies and sensibility. Her startling vocalese on Gossip with multi-tracking involves some virile playing from the cellist too; a track that put me in mind of a kind of weirded-up Anita O’Day.”
– Jonathan Woolf, Music Web International
‘From Ella to Schoenberg’
Great review in Music Web International of Sophie’s previous CD Songs Eclectic together with Gene Pritsker.
Bop ‘Til You Drop
‘Bop ‘Til You Drop’ from Sophie’s new solo release ‘Strictly Business’ Youtube Premiere today!
Thanks, Women in Jazz Media!
‘Strictly Business’ is on Spotify
Composers Concordance 2022/23 – Composer feature
Very excited to be apart of Composers Concordance upcoming season in NYC where I will be featured as a composer during 3 events. Also, very grateful for them selecting some of my artworks on their website for this new season.
‘Sophie Dunér: The One and Only’ by The Art Music Lounge
First CD review of ‘Strictly Business’ that was just released on July 7!
“The Boswells certainly did improvise, sometimes in quite a wild fashion, constantly changing the harmonies and rhythms of the tunes they sang. And so did Louis Armstrong, Dave Lambert, Anita O’Day, Jon Hendricks, Sheila Jordan and Mark Murphy. But you’d have to put all of them together and add a touch of Charles Mingus (one of Dunér’s idols), John Coltrane, Arthur Blythe and Karlheinz Stockhausen (whose music she has also sung) to get even a remote idea of what Sophie sounds like. She composes her own tunes, both lyrics and music, in addition to singing music by Monk, Mingus and Stockhausen. Her vocal delivery is forceful, with a high register that sounds like Arthur Blythe, a low range that booms out like Armstrong’s, and a style that practically ridicules those female jazz singers who do a lounge act in a come-hither voice, dolling themselves up to look like calendar girls. Dunér blows that entire image up as if it were attacked by a hand grenade. Quite simply, there is no one else like her in the entire world; she is one of a kind, an artist who broke her own mold and lives to be a performer on the edge.” – The Art Music Lounge
“Sophie not only delivers us jazz and blues on this album but she also treats us to vocals that bring to mind Meredith Monk – and she scats like Ella. She hits the low notes, she hits the high notes, and she hits all the notes in between.There is no one performing today that possesses the unique set of vocal skills that Sophie does.” – Christopher Stawski aka Dr. Sushi of Dr. Sushi’s Free Jazz BBQ / WMSE Radio