Born: November 24, 1962 Primary Instrument: Viola
Allison has a Masters from Juilliard. As she continued her education in New York as a singer songwriter learning the ropes, she toured with Joe Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, Paula Cole, Suzanne Vega, Shania Twain, Angelique Kidjo, Jann Arden, Tracy Chapman, Pat Benatar, Ann-Margret and Ronnie Spector. Her recording credits include work with Cyndi Lauper, Jann Arden, Pat Benatar, Joe Jackson, Rachael Sage, Carter Burwell, Tim Booth, Angelo Badelmente and Branford Marsalis.
Allison's new solo cd is a mixture of jazz infused pop, with almost something for everyone. She's a masterful chameleon - effectively incorporating R&B, Pop, Dance, Jazz and even Americana. This cd, in a way, proves why she's been one of the most in-demand touring musicians for acts from Cyndi Lauper to Shania Twain.
Early in 2006, Allison was invited to select and record a cover song for a cd of the music of Emil Adler and Julie Flanders of the October Project. The album is aptly named covered.
Allison is actively collaborating with the STREB dancers in NYC. Previous off-Broadway credits include musical director and composer for the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway play Ã¢ï¿½ï¿½Situation TragedyÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½ -- which won the L.A. Dramalogue Award for Ã¢ï¿½ï¿½Best MusicalÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½. Allison was also cited for the award of Ã¢ï¿½ï¿½Best Musical DirectionÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½ by the same publication. She has toured with the Mabou Mines production of Ã¢ï¿½ï¿½Animal MagnetismÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½ as a violinist/vocalist. A production at P.S. 122 in NYC called Ã¢ï¿½ï¿½Trick SaddleÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½ featured AllisonÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½s compositions and performance as singer/yodeler/fiddler.
Allison Cornell wowed the audience with her virtuosity and vocal power. - Boston Globe
musically and vocally, highly entertaining to watch multi-talented multi-instrumentalist Allison Cornell deserves a stage of her own - Boston Herald
Most Notable of all Allison Cornell, who sang beautifully and played violin, viola, and keyboards. - Chicago Tribune
String instrumentalist and background vocalist Allison Cornell eerily beautiful... - The Advocate
Her versatility has made her a hot commodity among many touring acts. - International Musician
Master of Viola degree from Juilliard. Computer music and vocals and songwriting a speciality.