Born: April 27 Primary Instrument: Vocalist
What do you do when you are a Latinamerican Jazz Vocalist from Motown, living in Canada?
Anna Lyman is half Mexican, speaks and sings in English,Spanish, and Portuguese, (also speaks some Brazilian Portuguese, thanks to the Brazilian relatives! ), and was born in Detroit, and lives on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada.
Anna's new compositions fuse together Jazz, Latin, and the Motown sensibilities she grew up with. She calls her new music Bluenote-Latin-Jazz, and her original songs are written in both Spanish and English in almost every track. Her new CD Sway - Quien Sera features 5 of Anna's fusion creations, the Title track Sway, by Pablo Ruiz Beltran, in Span. & Eng., and 3 Brazilian tracks in Portuguese (2 of them also in English). In Summer 008, Anna completed a Bachelor of Music from VIU, viw.ca.
Anna studied the UKULELE with Master Instructor/Performer, Kimo Hussey, and is now writing and performing with the instrument, as well as with her quartet. Right now, Anna is allowing genre boundaries to blur as she experiments with her new sound.
Awards:Music Festival trophy, and first place, Cariboo Music Festival
She has a voice like melted chocolate Goody Niosi: The Harbour City Star, Nanaimo, BC
Sensual, melodious...makes us think we should order champagne.... Jan DeGrass, The Coast Reporter
Anna Lyman is a genuine jazz singer, Richard Bourcier, JAZZ REVIEW.COM
Lyman has a powerful voice with a genuine passion that shines through on every note...a distinctly personal perspectiveAlexandria Stuart, The Harbour City Star, Nanaimo, BC
It's Lush - a valuable musical keepsake Plays like a live jazz set Put on this CD and you will swing... (Gregory J. Robb Vancouver Vibe, Allaboutjazz.com)
There are a lot of singers out there, Shirley Horn, Blossom Dearie... Some of them have phrasing, some of them have tone, some can swing, YOU HAVE IT ALL! (Keith Copeland, 2003)
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Willing to teach:
WILL TEACH ALL LEVELS... Has a BACHELOR OF MUSIC IN JAZZ VOICE with a MINOR IN GUITAR, from Vancouver Island University, www.viu.ca, (formerly Malaspina University College) Anna also taught a guitar and voice accompaniment course at Okanagan University College for 8 years. Now teaching and performing with ukulele, certified by Master Instructor, Kimo Hussey. Email for current rates. Enjoys teaching Jazz, Latin, R&B, Funk, Blues, Country, Pop and Rock, Alternative (has sung all these commercially for pay). Does not teach Classical, but enjoys teaching light Opera.
Will teach you how to write and notate your own song!
Besides the basics of voice production and ukulele, I cover stylistic conventions, rhythmic statements, developing a personal style, and inspiration. Exciting songwriting, or ukulele workshops available covering: Notation, lead sheets, chord choice, lyrics, rhythm, cross-genre, motivating yourself, computer use and much more!