Saturday, February 21, 2015

My Current Projects

Bonjour mes ami(e)s. 

I've just had a splendid weekend meeting new friends, enjoying Valentine's Day with my wonderful boyfriend, and being spontaneous with my jazz quartet! 

Despite currently being unemployed, I've been keeping busy with my new choral projects and I might say, I am loving it.

Here are my current projects: 

Jazz Lines Vocal Quartet

Back in the summer my fellow colleagues, Pete and Stefano, wanted to start up a jazz quartet and I couldn't say no. We were on a picky hunt to fill the soprano lead and then came along Jenna. 
Given that we were all in Ewashko Singers at the time, coordinating our rehearsals and repertoire was fairly smooth and before we knew it, the first gig for Jazz Lines Vocal Quartet was booked!

Jenna, me, Peter, and Stefano - Jazz Lines Vocal Quartet

Aren't we one good looking bunch? We spent perhaps the coldest winter day in Ottawa running around Elgin Street dropping into pubs singing our set list for the foodies and winos. Never thought I would enjoy singing for drunk people in the afternoon. 

We had our first official gig this week so these spontaneous sing-and-gos were a good practice round. It truly is the best way to get rid of nerves and spruce up any tricky spots in your set.

For the record, pub audiences are very forgiving. 

Here's a link for more info about JLVQ and our upcoming gigs:

Opera Lyra Ottawa's "The Marriage of Figaro" by Mozart

While the chorus part is quite small, the acting is huge!  The set is Dowton Abbey style and every chorister has a specific role assigned to them. I get to be chambermaid Anna Bates! If only my boyfriend was assigned the Valet and not the hall boy. 

Lol hall boy. Sorry Sascha. 

I gotta tell ya, this totally makes up for the alto part in a Mozart production. Singing middle G twenty times in a row makes you hallucinate. 

Our first staging rehearsals are next week and we have the pleasure of working with an amazing cast and stage director, Tom Diamond. For more info:

Capital Chamber Choir's Lamentations - March 22, 2015

photo credit: Paul Couvrette

I've officially joined a very talented choir full of my closest friends and colleagues and I am having the time of my life. 
The repertoire is challenging, hauntingly beautiful and our blend is of high calibre under Jamie Loback's direction. 
Best part? The night always ends with a relaxing beer and good chats with colleagues. 

Here is more info on CCC:

Here's a clip of CCC's recent performance of Whitacre's Lux Aurumque. If you don't get shivers, we can't be friends. 

Thanks for reading and I hope you get the chance to see my upcoming shows! 

- Blonde in the Choir 

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