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Herald review for 7DS in Scotland

Here’s the review from Rob Adams of the Scottish Herald for  Seven Deadly Sings, including Thelonious Monk set at the Jazz Bar, Edinburgh, 26 November 2014. How wonderful to have a lengthy, detailed, intelligent and literary review of a jazz gig from a daily broadsheet. I even learnt a new word – eldritch – otherworldly, spooky, ethereal. Now was that me or the PA system?

“JAZZ musicians are, of course, notorious for not knowing anything at all about bad behaviour.

Still, Leeds-based vocalist Louise Gibbs has persevered, done her research and come up with a musical and quite literary depiction …

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Teaching ‘jazz’ this Academic Year

For this academic year my Route 66 is the M62 and East of Hull and West of Chester will pinpoint the moon and sun. And if there’s no Detour Ahead I’ll rest midway in Leeds. I’m thrilled to be teaching jazz, popular and even some classical voice students, performance, improvisation classes and a choir at the Universities of Chester, Hull and Leeds this year. All that youthful talent and enthusiasm (and travel) is keeping me busy. It sounds such a cliche but it’s true that your students teach you so much. As much as I’m passing on what I know …

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Seven Deadly Sings goes to Scotland

Scotland the Brave! Louise Gibbs and the Septet will perform Seven Deadly Sings and a set of Thelonious Monk and Monk-inspired tunes in Edinburgh and Glasgow in November. The Septet: Krzysztof Urbanski (alto/baritone sax), Riley Stone-Lonergan (tenor sax/clarinet), Kim Macari (trumpet/flugel), Chris Greive (trombone), Sam Leak (piano), Simon Read (double bass), & Katie Patterson (drums). …

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Envy: Seven Deadly Sings on video

Check out http://youtu.be/mzk7iZdjWCM for video of Louise Gibbs and The Septet’s premiere performance of Envy-Seven Deadly Sings. The video was made by film maker Ken Yates. …

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4 star Jazzwise Review of Seven Deadly Sings

CD Review from Jazzwise, Issue 185, May 2014

**** (4 stars)

Hot on the heels of Soweto Kinch’s The Legend of Mike Smith, comes another treatment of the Seven Deadly sins, this one a 50-minute song suite for voice and septet by vocalist, composer and educator Louise Gibbs. Both in its conception and execution, 7 Deadly Sings (Gibbs’s fifth recording for 33Jazz) is an unqualified triumph. Each movement is inspired by the distinctive ‘voice’ of one of the instrumentalists, with the voice, naturally enough, featured first in a brief ‘Prologue’. Emerging out of an extended cymbal roll, we first hear …

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CheerSing workshops update

The CheerSing workshops (part of the Yorkshire Festival 2014 and the Tour de France) are proving to be lots of creative fun – with an enthusiastic response from participants. We’re winning over keen singers and folk reluctant to raise their voices in public – let along sing. Making up and chanting slogans about life and bicycles is the way to go it seems. So is finding new ways of making a bigger, brighter more efficient vocal sound. Age is no barrier, either. So far participants have ranged from 9 months (the babe lay on the floor clapping along) to, as …

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