viernes, 2 de enero de 2009

Sophie Dunér


Sophie Dunér is a singer/composer from Sweden with a past in the United States and Spain. Active as a jazz, world and modern classical singer, she has recorded and toured extensively throughout the world having collaborated with musicians such as Paul Clarvis, Martin France, Aaron Goldberg, Sten Höstfält, Agustín Gerenu, David Boato, Fernando Tarrés, Guillermo Klein ,Laura Andel and Manuel Ceide. In 2005 she recorded her latest album "The Rain in Spain" with C.I.M.P records in NY, USA featuring musicians Rory Stuart, Matt Pennman & Kahlil Kwame Bell, an album that got extensieve reviews in Cadence Magazine.

Extended biography


Sophie Dunér began her carreer in the United States .Technically versatile, her tastes in music are wide ranging. While studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston, jazz improvisation teacher Hal Crook used to tell her " You sing the heck out of the hornplayers " . Here she studied voice, improvisation and composition. Sophie is like a chameleon, adapting very easy to any kind of music with great sensibility. Her familiarity with jazz, ethnic and 20th century classical music has led many composers and musicians to ask her to join them in musical collabo-ration during rescent years. Leading The Sophie Dunér Orchestra in Boston in the beginning of the 90s, she composed & performed in the USA at clubs such as the Willow Jazz Club, Sculler´s, Birdland, Cornelia Street Café etc They travelled to the Snowfestival of Sapporo Japan - a tour sponsored by Berklee College of Music to be followed by the CD "Orange", her debut album as well as The Stockholm Jazz Festival & The Baltic Jazz Festival in Scandinavia. The band has included musicians suchas Mika Pohjola ,George Dontchev, Kazumi Ikenaga, Bruno Råberg, David Boato and Roberto Dani. She collaborated with composers such as Sunnyside recording artist Guillermo Klein of The Big Van recording as a guest singer on his big band CD "The Big Van" as well as performing in the Boston & NYC area featuring musicians such as Chris Cheek, Seamus Blake and Sten Hostfalt. She was also featured on his CD " El Minotauro ". In 1996 she was invited on "The Outsider" CD (Savant ) with Fernando Tarrés & Arida Conta Group featuring Danilo Pérez, Dan. Rieser, Don Mc Caslin and Fernando Huergo on Savant Records, N.Y. Also featured on his album " Prausagios da Carnaval" on BAU Records, Argentina. Herb Pomeroy of Boston and Phil Wilson had her featured in their big bands. David Doms of "Universal You" brought her to perform at CBGB´s in NYC & featuring her on his album Garden of Delight for Gruvetune Records, Boston. Playwright Thamare Thorne invited her to collaborate with a classical ensemble performing for the play "Seven last words" at The Theater for the New City in NYC. Pianist Aaron Goldberg had her sing with his trio at Kings Theater in Boston featuring Mark Turner & Reuben Rogers. 20th century Spanish composer Manuel Ceide used Sophie as a mezzo soprano in his pieces with The Composers of the New England Collectives performing in Boston. Tours in Spain with the same ensemble, performing at Cultural Centers and on TV in Madrid and Galicia. Her collaboration with Manuel would continue and she went on to perform in Holland at the Fenteneer Van Vissingen Zaal and Gerte Kerk with musicians such as Henk Alkema etc. Off to Puerto Rico in 1998, she gave performances & workshops at the Univ. of P.R with the music of M. Ceide & Francis Schwartz. She´d also perform the music of Argentine electronic composer Eduardo Kusnir. The same team went to Galicia in Spain performing at Fundación Eugenio Granell in Santiago, Centro Galega de Información and at Caja Madrid in Lugo. In Switzerland she collaborated with saxofonist/composer Juerg Wickihalder. She recorded as co composer & singer on the CD "Dance with me" with the big band Interplay Collective, Dreamscape Music performing at clubs & festivals ( Glarus Jazz Festival ) in Switzerland and Germany. In 2002 and 2003 she returned to Zürich appearing at the " Festival Aum Braunwald" as co composer & singer in the Octet of J. Wickihalder. She also sang with pianist Chris Wiesendanger at Moods Jazz Club. Argentine NYC based composer Laura Andel & Oli Bott invited Sophie to perform with her big band at the Kalkscheune Jazz Club in Berlin broadcasted by Radio Berlin in 2000. The same year, she was selected for the auditions for the Orchestre National de Jazz in Paris as only foreign vocalist. In 1997 Sophie recieved € 4000 from the Society of Arts in Sweden. Moving to Spain in 1996, Sophie performed with her band at Jazz en la Costa, Homenaje a Garcia Lorca , Getxo Jazz Festival, V1 Festival de Jazz de Lugo, Circulo de Bellas Artes (sponsored by SAS & Swedish Embassy of Madrid ) Aula Cultural Plaza Catalunya, Centro Cultural de Garcia Lorca, Café Central etc. . She collaborated with Joaquin Chacón, Dan Rochlis, Agustín Gerenu Victor Merlo, Tony Heimer and Polo Ortí . She recorded with the Spanish/Arabic fusion group Dobra Group on Phorminx Records and on the album Reggaewomen featuring Rita Marley on Arcade Records. She did extensive work for TV channels such as Canal Plus, Canal Digital and TVE such as singing the main theme for the documentary " Días de Vino " and at the anniversary for " Lo más plus " ( Canal Plús ). She taught voice during several years at a Escuela Música Creativa. Maintaining her contact with her native Sweden, she has given concerts at the Gothenburg Symphony Hall in Gothenburg two summers in a row, inviting Peter Nylander, Patrick Andrén, Arne Tengstrand, Filip Agustsson, Torbjörn Zetterberg and Jon Persson. She followed up the TV programme "Goodmorning TV 4" and several radio programmes and newspaper interviews. In September 2005 she recorded her new album of her own theatre inspired jazz tunes with the jazz label C.I.M.P. in NY, USA with Rody Stuart, Matt Penmann & Kahlil Kwame Bell . A project combined with a concert at the Kavehaz Jazz Gallery in NYC. After having spent years in the States and Spain, Sophie returned to her native Sweden. During the last years, she has as well explored the English jazz scene, performing at venues such as Pizza Express and Pizza on the Park in London with musicians such as Gilad Atzmon, Asaf Sirkis, John Turville, Tom Mason, Martin France, Paul Clarvis, Phil Pesket, Sam Burgess and Alisdair Cherry. In Sweden, she has been active performing in Morning News TV4 Gothenburg,two performances of the national anthem at the finals of a game of one of Swedens most successful hockeyteams at the Scandinavium Arena in Gothenburg, a four day concert series & art exhibition at Galleri Gummeson in Stockholm, Stockholm New Music Festival with The Great Learning Orchestra in 2008 etc. In August of 2004, Sophie spent one week studying vocal interpretation at the Stockhausen Music Course in Kuerten, Germany under suggestion of composer Karl Heinz Stockhausen. In 2005, she returned to the course supported by a grant of € 3000 from The Arts Foundation in Sweden.

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