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
String Quartet & Electric Cello, Jazz & Avant Garde and Contemporary & New Music
Check out updates where there are 3 sections added in the menu: My musical collaborations with String Quartet & Electric Cello, Jazz & Avant Garde and Contemporary & New Music!
With Gene Pritsker, Gerry Brown & Laurence Goldman killing it…!
Remembering Moondog and being stranded in NYC during the pandemic!
Canon singing with 4 of me in the empty early stage pandemic streets….!
Happy Charles Mingus Centennial!
I was fortunate to be featured in the 14th Annual Charles Mingus Festival this year together with bassist Dominic Duval!
Happy Charles Mingus Centennial!
Celebrating The Charles Mingus Centennial, I post a live version of ‘Weird Nightmare’, with a really cool post arr. with electronics, brilliantly done by my dear old friend and collaborator, Bertram Lehmann.
With Comp Cord Jazz Ensemble
With Comp Cord Jazz Ensemble (featuring Fraz Hackl, Valery Pomorov, Gene Pritsker, Jay Rodriguez, Melissa Slocum, Gerry Brown etc.)
“Bop ‘Til You Drop” on Dr. Sushi’s Free Jazz BBQ/WMSE
Just on Dr. Sushi’s Free Jazz BBQ: ‘Bop Til You Drop’ featured on WMSE! (Live instrumental version from Composers Concordance event ‘Charts / Graphics’ at Michiko Studios in Mahattan the other day.) Download the podcast from WMSE archives.
‘Bop ‘Til You Drop’ au naturel
Improvising au naturel on my piece ‘Bop Til You Drop’ last spring, using my covid Yeti microphone! (hearing the keyboards in the headphones!) An instrumental version of ‘Bop Til You Drop’ was just premiered at Composers Concordance event at Michiko Studios in NYC.