Primary Instrument: Vocalist
Lisa Kirchner is a singer, songwriter and actress who performs an eclectic, multi-lingual repertoire that includes gems from The Great American Songbook, contemporary and original jazz and blues tunes, the French songs of Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel and Poulenc, and Brazilian tunes from Gaetano Veloco, Luis Bonfa, Chico Buarque, as well as contemporary art and theatre songs.
Lisa Kirchner has appeared at Foxwoods Casino, Ryles Jazz Club and is a regular on the New York City jazz club circuit, appearing at Iridium, Birdland, The Village Gate, 55 Bar, Maxime's, Porters NYC, Orbit, Tatou, Niagara, , Cleopatra's Needle, many other clubs in New York and in Paris. She has been the invited singer to Gracie Mansion on several occasions, and she has performed at the White House, on Capitol Hill, in concert at Harvard University, the Harvard Club and the American Academy in Rome.
Lisa Kirchner's entre into the jazz venue is preceded by her years of experience in theatre and television. She wrote her own songs for her on camera appearances on NBC's Another World. Her varied performance background has included Broadway appearances in the role of Lucy Brown in The Threepenny Opera, opposite Raul Julia and Phil Bosco, and in various featured roles in William Dumaresque and Galt MacDermot's The Human Comedy. Off-Broadway, Ms. Kirchner originated the role of Irma Vep in Richard Foreman and Stanley Silverman's Hotel For Criminals and it's sequel, The American Imagination. She has been featured in numerous off and off-off Broadway productions at the Public Theatre, the Delacorte Theatre, La Mama Theatre and annex, Westbeth and The American Place Theatre. On television she was geatured in productions on BRAVO Cable and WNET's Great Performances. As a dancer she appeared in Grover Dale's Houdini, and with the James Waring Dance Company at Judson Memorial Church.
Lisa Kirchner was Judy Collins' featured soloist at Carnegie Hall, and she has appeared singing harmony vocals with Ms. Collins at the Wheeler Opera house, The Greek Theatre. Wolftrap, and the Roxie, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Joan Rivers, CBS This Morning and ShowTime, and recordings include Sanity and Grace, and Fires of Eden.
Lisa's albums One More Rhyme, When Lights Are Low, In the Shadow of a Crow, and Something To Sing About, on Albany Records, and Charleston For You and Umbrellas In Mint on Verdant World Records have garnered high praise from critics as well as esteemed colleagues, and have aired on over 400 radio stations internationally, with a combined thirteen placements on Top Ten Radio Station Lists for her most recent albums . Her current CD, Umbrellas In Mint was released on February 18, 2013. Lisa Kirchner is the daughter of the composer Leon Kirchner, winner of a 1967 Pulitzer Prize, and a 1999 Grammy award and has executive produced five albums of his music featuring Leon Kirchner and the world class artists who have championed his work, albums which have achieved three citations among them as Best Classical Albums by the major press. Lisa Kirchner is a member of Actors Equity, the Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artist, a BMI composer-lyricist,and a voting member of NARA. She is listed in Who's Who in America for her work as singer, actor, producer and executive producer, and her editorial and freelance work for the major US publishers. Lisa Kirchner lives in New York City
Lisa Kirchner's UMBRELLAS IN MINT
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“Every song in Lisa Kirchner’s album, Umbrellas in Mint, is worth your attention and time. Ms. Kirchner not only has a beautiful voice, but she is a master poet with a musical gift. I thank her for including in her liner notes all the words to all the songs, and I recommend that you listen and follow along as I did.” Carl Reiner
Umbrellas in Mint, Lisa Kirchner's new CD, is the most exciting album Ms. Kirchner has yet to produce. She is in beautiful voice, the shimmering, delicious lines of her vocals are here in abundance, giving the listener shivers of pure pleasure; and the songs! Her writing continues to flourish, as a garden of lyric beauty. What a singer! and what a CD! I am impressed, as I always have been, by Lisa Kirchner's talent and her continuing success as a singer, writer and performer” – Judy Collins
“Lisa Kirchner is her great father's daughter in talent and originality. She never takes the expected or easy way, and her songs reflect the joys and agonies of her life's experiences. Listen, and you will be won over. You may even hear a hint of Leon— a truly haunting shadow of his smile!”- Paul Chihara
Lisa Kirchner's songs in Umbrellas In Mint are pure poetry...There are singer-songwriters aplenty, good ones and some not so good. Lisa Kirchner isn't good. Lisa Kirchner is great. The woman is a poet. Her lyrics demand attention, and the fact that she sets them in a variety of elegant melodies puts her in the same class with the best of the singer/poets. And besides that, she can sing. Her voice has the kind of classic purity that does full justice to her remarkable lyrics. When you get a couple of lines like It's only a dish of a bird in a stew/A fish of a feather that's salty and blue, you know you're not dealing with an ordinary songwriter. This is a unique voice. Her imagery can be surrealistic. Summer is pleading on her knees. Her verse can be witty: the city's a circle Columbus could eat. There are poems that napkins are written on. She hears rhymes in quarters and dimes and tells stories with peach pits and prunes.
She plays with ironic paradox. A potential love flees from the rock leaving keys but no lock. Potential lovers dine on prizes, toys, and stars. She is not afraid to pepper her songs with literary allusions: Dylan Thomas' Adventures in the Skin Trade, the Sad Café, Byron, Montague and Capulet, Monte Cristo. She is willing to build a whole song on some phrases from T. S. Eliot. Add references to the Pantheon, Vichy, and Eskatral, and it is clear she doesn't find it necessary to write down to her audience.
... The Hudson Bay Inn was inspired by the songs of Brecht and Weill. It has the feel of a lilting story ballad with a melody that is infectious. The title song is an up-tempo jazzy piece with some featured solo work by the rest of the band. The cryptic title refers to the paper umbrellas in cocktails. Let Us Go Then plays with the regret for a wasted life in Eliot's The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock. The music echoes the regret of the lyric. Under the Paris Moon (Manhattan Under the Paris Moon) has a sound reminiscent of the French chanteuse, while At the Closing of the Fair could be pop rock hit, featuring some old-time solos from Irby and the rest of the band.
In Tim, a song about a brilliant actor and dancer who taught a transcendent dance class, Kirchner says the hour with him was the measure of heaven. The measure of heaven is not a bad description of the hour you spend with Umbrellas in Mint. - Jack Goodstein/BCMusic Premium http://blogcritics.org/music/article/music-review-lisa- kirchner-umbrellas-in/ http://www.seattlepi.com/lifestyle/blogcritics/article/Music -Review-Lisa-Kirchner-Umbrellas-In-Mint-4341926.php
...Every song here was in fact written by the wild-maned Kirchner and, for me, brings back tangs of the underlauded Robert Kraft, among others, as the Carmichaelish What About You? (LOVE that A ceiling at midnight, where stars shine on cue line!) demonstrates. A wide palette of world influences invade the entire cycle here, subordinated beautifully to the dominantly Broadway ambiance...
Expect generous doses of Rogers & Hart, Brel, Hammerstein, and a bunch of others in the Songbook milieu, but there are also a number of surprisingly Brechtian tinges, as Kirchner's unafraid of the shadows populating boulevards and hearts. She knows those darksome dimensions are just wellsprings, and saxist Sherman Irby leans into 'em more than once, often with a suppressed grin, lighting up the corners. In sum, Umbrellas is an exhilarating escapade, a collection of songs wrought for a stage musical yet to be put beneath the lights... - Mark S. Tucker/Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange http://www.acousticmusic.com/fame/p08593.htm
Drawing from jazz, Broadway, cabaret and Great American Songbook influences, Kirchner presents a dozen outstanding originals. They're rich in diversity, imagery and emotion. Under The Paris Moon and 'Southern Starlight are especially enchanting. A Billion Stars Ago (In The Shadow of a Crow) is intricately designed and intriguingly performed. Kirchner's elegantly expressive voice caresses her well-crafted lyrics and delicately woven melodies - Paul Freeman/PopCultureClassics.Com http://popcultureclassics.com/deja.html
If it can be said that anyone has music in her D.N.A., that person would be Lisa Kirchner. The daughter of Pulitzer Prize-winning classical composer Leon Kirchner and coloratura soprano Gertrude Schoenberg, Lisa was raised in a home that appreciated Bach as much as Jimi Hendrix, Duke Ellington as much as Mozart. Ms. Kirchner made the most of that eclectic musical upbringing, successfully working on the New York stage, performing as a dancer, harmonizing with singers like Judy Collins, and leading her own jazz group.
With the release of Umbrellas in Mint, she also puts her songwriting skills to the forefront. An album of all original material, Umbrellas in Mint is full of story-songs that might be taken from a progressive Broadway show, the melodies strong and the lyrics full of emotion. Ms. Kirchner sings in a way that draws the listener in, making us hang on her phrasing to see where the story - or the musical composition - will go next. While so many jazz singers are content to recycle the Great American Song Book, she is staking out new ground.
Lisa has wisely surrounded herself with a solid jazz band. Pianist Xavier Davis has recorded with the likes of Freddie Hubbard, Christian McBride, Stefon Harris and Jimmy Greene, and most recently toured with Jeremy Pelt. His touch is in tune with Ms. Kirchner's vocal approach, and he leads the band without overplaying or stepping on some of the subtleties provided by sax player Sherman Irby, guitarist Ron Jackson, bassist Vincente Archer, accordianist Bill Schimmel and drummer Willie Jones III... -Jeffrey Siegel/Straight No Chaser http://straightnochaserjazz.libsyn.com/podcast-3-a- conversation-with-lisa-kirchner Scan the covers of Lisa Kirchner’s six albums to date and the first thing you’ll note is that her flame- colored hair grows increasingly untamed. So, too, has her musicality grown steadily bolder and wilder. Serving up her first platter of all-original material , the dusky-voiced Kirchner reaches a new apex, pairing poetry as densely atmospheric as Mitchell’s or Waits’ with melodies that reflect her longstanding cosmopolitan flair, and melding influences as varied as Brel, Brecht, Weill, Gershwin, Becker and Fagen. Kirchner opens with “Salty and Blue (I Don’t Believe in Romance),” a sassy dismissal of moon-June songwriting tropes that sets the stage for the wide-ranging imaginativeness to follow. The dark, stormy percolation of “A Billion Stars Ago (In the Shadow of a Crow)” makes way for the chanson delicacy of “What About You?,” a misty-eyed paean to Paris which sighs and steps aside for the globetrotting “The Hudson Bay Inn,” a jaunty jumble of images worthy of Lorraine Feather. The spirited title track sketches Kirchner’s quest for an equally madcap paramour, while the twirling “Tim” recalls a vividly mottled past relationship. Her border-blurring travels continue through “Under the Paris Moon,” while the closing “Quarters and Dimes” provides a sprightly summation of her narrative panache. All in all, Umbrellas is an exhilarating crazy quilt.”- Jeff Tamarkin/Jazz Times
Singer, Stylist, Composer, Storyteller: Lisa Kirchner at her very best UMBRELLAS IN MINT In this her sixth album, jazz stylist Lisa Kirchner pushes the boundaries of her inestimable talents as a singer and arranger... She has written both the music and the lyrics for this highly imaginative exploration into poetry and stage plays and invites us on a journey called UMBRELLAS IN MINT - a story like no other and one that likely other singers will add to their repertoire... that is how strong this music is....Kirchner is such a brilliant stylist that she is able to take us on a surreal flight of fancy about love and life in Manhattan....This is excellent music, each song different enough to maintain forward momentum, but each is equally fine. -Grady Harp/Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/review/R2FY084Z1662QV
Kirchner's latest finds her really comfortable in her own skin and really hitting it out of the park. A jazz vocal set of all originals with some first call cats backing her up, Kirchner's originals sound familiar providing a great hook to draw you in as you try to figure out where you've heard them before——and you haven't! With a hipster edge that she wears well, nobody is going to be mistaking Kirchner for an art chick again anytime too soon. Killer stuff. - Chris Spector/Editor Publisher midwestrecord.com/MWR606.html
Lisa has some (very) high-energy jazz vocals going on with this CD release... tunes like the opener, Salty And Blue (I Don't Believe In Romance) make this one a jazz winner for the listener on the first spin! The players she has with her (look at the album cover to the left) add elements of energy that can't be surpassed by most in the jazz arena today! My personal favorite of the 12 offered up on this February 2013 release was the bluesy Old Shoes - Lisa's vocal just shines on this track! I give Lisa & her crew a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED -Rotcod Zzaj - Improvijazzation Nation http://rotcodzzaj.com/wordpress/?page_id=3794
Lisa Kirchner is a jazz vocalist who has released a number of albums in her career, and Umbrellas In Mint (Verdant World) is her latest. On this one, Kirchner composed the lyrics and music to each of the 12 songs featured, and she gives it her all throughout the album, including a song like A Billion Stars Ago (In The Shadow Of A Crow) which changes tempo and style a few times throughout its duration. I feel each of these songs has a life that I hope will continue to be vibrant as they are covered by other singers and musicians - -John Book/This Book's Music http://www.thisisbooksmusic.com/2013/02/16/review-lisa- kirchner-umbrellas-in-mint/
CHARLESTON FOR YOU
LISA KIRCHNER PRESS QUOTES CHARLESTON FOR YOU 2012 Verdant World Records Top Ten on WERU, WRBC, WSCA, WDPS, WERU/WHLI Artist of the Week- Airplay on 110 Plus Stations
Style, elegance, impeccable musicality, chanteuse extraordinaire - they all apply to the amazing Lisa Kirchner. For this listener this is her strongest album to date - more variation, more variety of accompaniment, more pizzazz, more tenderness. Take an hour out the day to be transformed by this musical stylist!
Not only does Lisa Kirchner have a voice of great beauty and a sense of poetry in the way she delivers lyrics, but she also happens to be a rather fine composer - a trait she shares with five of the twelve songs she sings here. Probably a bit of her artistry in performing and composing is in her genetic nature; her father was the late brilliant classical composer Leon Kirchner.
This combination of musical styles and sung in English, French and Portuguese is as exciting as any new recording by a female vocalist to be release this year. Lisa Kirchner is on top of her form and this Album simply has it all. Grady Harp, July 12
http://www.criticaljazz.com/2012/06/lisa-kirchner- charleston-for-you.html I have to admit as I have stated before, the female jazz vocal pack is a tightly knit group of talent with about the artistic differences between each as thin as a sheet of paper. Till now...
Take old school vocal jazz, a touch of caberet and a dash of Broadway and you have a nice receipe for a very entertaining release from Lisa Kirchner entitled Charleston For You. I was immediately taken by some of the talent listed on the release as well including straight ahead drumming phenom Adam Cruz and guitar virutuoso Ron Jackson so for the purist that wants to argue credibility then game over.
Kirchner's style may be part of the reason she has quietly slipped past a few critics and undeservingly so. A nice voice i.e. great chops, spot on phrasing and a nice somewhat eclectic set list here make Charleston For You an incredibly entertaining tour de force of how much room a vocal jazz artist has to work and still remain true to their own integrity. There are several Kirchner originals here that are as solid as they come including Red Wine and White Lies along with Lights of L.A. Some of the more eclectic tunes that help bind this wonderful release together include a nice riff on a Janis Ian tune Jesse and of course a standard from George Gershwin The Man I Love.
Kirchner really does not have a prime vocal wheelhouse from which she holds court. Instead, Kirchner has the talent and ability to work folk, jazz, and even French and Brazilian songs. An elegant vocal talent that could as a former co- worker from American Idol would say about certain talent - She could sing the phone book.
The bottom line for Kirchner is simply this...she entertains! There is a certain old school charm about a talent that cares about making that connectivity while striving to push their talent to a variety of different levels. An absolutely delightful release and arguably her finest release to date.
Tracks: Dying To Confess; The Man I Love; Riverside; Marie Laveau; Blue By The River; Jesse; L'accordeoniste; Charleston For You; Lights of L.A.; Red Wine and White Lies; Phat Hat; Coracao Vagabundo/Berimbau.
Personnel: Galt McDermot: keyboards (1,5,11); James Weidman: piano (2); Phillip Namanworth: piano, John Miller: bass, Sue Evans: percussion (3); Tommy Mandel: piano (4); Lisa Kirchner: guitar (6); Ron Jackson: guitar, Lonnie Plaxico: bass, Adam Cruz: drums, Walter Kuehr: accordian (7); Mark Berman: keyboards (8,10); Phillip Namanworth: piano, John Miller: bass, Sue Evans: drums, Paul Ostermayer: saxophone; Ron Jackson: guitar, Lonnie Plaxico: bass, Adam Cruz: drums.- Brent Black/Critical Jazz
www.midwestrecord.com/ LISA KIRCHNER/Charleston for You: The rising queen of nu cabaret makes yet another bag breaking set that is clearly cutting edge eclectic in it's approach and delivery. A favored singer at political functions on a local New York and national level, Kirchner grabs the urbane ear and doesn't let go. Whether writing new stuff with the guy from Hair or breathing new life into the classics, she knows her way around a song with her chops wrapping it in good hands. Vocal fans will know what's going on here right away. Chris Spector/Midwest Record http://www.whli.com/artist-of-the-week.aspx
We LOVE 3 tracks. “L’accordeoniste” is downright irresistible & “Lights of L.A.” and “Phat Hat” are pretty darn good as well. - WHLI
WHEN LIGHTS ARE LOW
Looking at the cover of When Lights Are Low (Albany) and admiring Lisa Kirchner's all-American elegance, you expect to hear lady-like delicacies done up with vanilla frosting. Instead, out pours this astonishing mix of ash and gravel that combines the talk-sing sophistication of Mabel Mercer with the gutsy appeal of Dee Dee Bridgewater. Kirchner's rusty world-weariness borrows liberally from Billie Holiday, especially on her dusky You Don't Know What Love Is and gently bruised Angel Eyes. Her Manha de Carnival, at once mistily reflective and coolly satiated, is sumptuously good. So, too, is a skillfully tempered, I Concentrate on You that simmers with unfulfilled desire. The biggest surprise though, is a vibrant reading of Livingston and Evans' somewhat obscure The Ruby and the Pearl, imbued with that unique sort of cabaret theatricality that defined Mercer's incomparability. - Christopher Loudon- JazzTimes
There isn’t a more articulate interpreter of standards singing today. Lisa Kirchner again delivers another quality project, chock full of timeless, enduring classics and uncovered gems….and in the process, assuring her place as the millennium’s first true renaissance woman. If you appreciate the human voice and what it can do to The Great American Songbook, pick up a copy of “When Lights Are Low.” -Joe Zupan WICN FM 90.5 Massachussetts
When Lights Are Low is a marvelous journey through the Great American Songbook by one of today's most talented and gifted singers. I know my many listeners will be delighted to hear these classic standards performed with such taste and refinement. Lisa's interpretations are further enhanced by a marvelous quartet - Ron Della Chiesa, WGBH, MA
Lisa Kirchner's latest collection fits all seasons of the heart. During the very first listening one moves easily to the soul-light flowing in. And you keep going back again and again- finding yourself pleasantly pinned inside a wall of exquisite and beguiling sounds. For sometime now her imagination has been looking for secrets. Now, with a soul that has been working overtime, she has found them. And another star is born. - Gordon Parks
Her voice is unique in the manner that Eartha Kitt and Dinah Washington are instantly identifiable. In the company of a fine jazz quartet, the singer is confident and relaxed. Lisa Kirchner's version of the Victor Young classic (Street of Dreams) is a wonderful throbbing treatment that's very easy to take. The mellow mood is unbroken when Lisa and pianist, Xavier Davis offer a fabulous rendition of You Don't Know What Love Is. ..Luiz Bonfa's Manha de Carnival gets royal treatment when the vocalist exhibits her skills in Portuguese. You've Changed receives the most discerning treatment I've heard in recent years. a sensitive artist in an intimate performance. Lisa Kirchner is an eloquent voice in the night. -Richard Boucier-Jazzreview.com
While the art of singing is built on the greatness of the past, it is refreshing and exciting to hear a new artist like Lisa Kirchner. She joins a select group with this CD. - Bernard Brightman/Stash Records
Lisa Kirchner's new album is gorgeous, rhythmic, classy and just right for when the lights are low, or for that matter almost any other time you want to listen to some great music. -Barry Gaston KMUW Radio Kansas.
This wonderful effort reflects Lisa Kirchner's talent, taste and heartfelt love for the music. Its truly a pleasurable listening experience! - Masani- Georgia Public Radio, GA
Lisa Kirchner: How can one individual have SO MUCH talent. Sings, dances, acts - and all well. From the strength of Ethel Merman to the quiet passion of Sarah Vaughan, Lisa does it all. In several languges to boot. Latin rhythms, swingers, broken hearted passion - all come so naturally to this multi-talented young lady who puts her heart in everything she does. -Tom Phillips, THE SOUNDS OF JAZZ & JAZZ NEWS MAGAZINE
It has a bright, upbeat and beautiful sound. -Linda Yohn WEMU
ONE MORE RHYME
You must take the time to hear One More Rhyme. The selections are as varied as Lisa's background and musical influences. And she's assembled a group of well-seasoned veterans to accompany her. I have to restrain from playing it everyday. - Joe Zuppan- WICN Public Radio-90.5 FM-Massachussetts
...subtle renditions... novel interpretation... vocal magic... The singer's view of All or Nothing at All, includes a slight Latin beat and matches performances of this song by such geniuses of the vocal arts as Sarah Vaughan, Chris Connor and June Christy. But it's the sensitivity to music and lyrics and the way she works with her sidemen that brings her version to the level of these other singers... strong evidence of formidable musical genes... One More Rhyme is highly recommended. - Dave Nathan- All Music Guide, All About Jazz
...magnetic vocal style... captivating... Alan Bargabuhr- Cadence Magazine
Lisa Kirchner... a voice of the night... beautiful and sultry phrasings... Singing in English, Portuguese and near flawless French, Ms. Kirchner takes the listener on a journey through the songs of the Americas and Europe in a delightful way. From Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Burke's 'But Beautiful' to Henri Contet's 'Padam, Padam', the singer commands the listener's attention. I especially appreciated her sensitive rendition of Jacques Brel's unforgettable Ne Me Quitte Pas (Don't Leave Me). I really enjoyed this CD and recommend it to those who share my taste for jazz with an international flavor. - Richard Bourcier, Jazz At a Glance
Lisa's voice is clear, soft, serene, and at the same time powerful. Seamless segues from English to French to Portuguese vividly display her artistry in telling a musical story in a variety of languages. Exudes a bundle of charm. A delicious album - Al Monroe- WNTI-91.9 FM- New Jersey
Lisa ...sings (lyrics)... as though the composer had written them for her only. A marvelous talent from super genes - Art Hellyer- WJOL- Illinois
Lisa Kirchner- One of the nicer vocal presentations I've heard this year. I like this album better than some of the 'big names' that have had releases recently. Sultry voice and engaging inflections- definitely has her own 'voice' which I like to hear - Dr. Brad Stone- KKUP-FM- California
An example of real class- the voice, the approach and the accompaniment. American Culture- Here it is! - Jack Simpson- Jazz on the Beach- Florida
Lisa wrote two of the songs on her new CD and she does a nice job mixing in some standards... Mercer's 'Autumn Leaves' and 'All or Nothing At All' ...Nicely arranged and produced. Wait until you hear 'Red Sails' - Jim Stone- Big Band Swing WLNZ 89.7 FM- Michigan
A wonderful CD, the selections and the beautiful way you interpret this music... your sound is very beautiful to listen to... I was very impressed with it... very nice choice of material and beautifully performed - Ron Della Chiesa- WGHB 89.7 FM- Massachussetts
“Endowed with all talents, if one can believe the booklet, LISA Kirchner, actress, dancer, lyricist, singer, titles with Beny Carter’s famous When Lights Are Low her second album “en quartet” for Albany Records. Contrary to many of her female colleagues who have been pushed by avid promoters, LISA Kirchner having played the most noted United States venues, sings in tune. Something not so frequent as one might believe. Subscribing to the tradition of the great vocalists or... luminaries, LISA Kirchner is markedly influenced by the last of these, Billie Holiday, as well by the timbre of her voice as by the repertoire. But she does not stop there- grand mystery- bringing a touch of “orientalite” which is completely surprising, never invasive, and expressive of a nostalgia most definitively expressed in the treatment she gives to All The Pretty Little Horses one of the many folk tunes added to every mix.
Add finally that she is accompanied soberly but effectively, as it should be, by a good quartet whose solos remain perfectly within the tone of the album. If Miss Kirchner does not revolutionize the vocal art and if she is not the new Diva that it is promised to us at the very least each morning to the tune of aggrandizing journalistic excesses, it certainly remains no less true than that this album, composed exclusively of standards, is listened to with much pleasure.” - Jacques Talb- Jazz Hot/Paris
“Here a singer, who has presence, a remarkable voice, who chooses her songs well, who selects good musicians…. Coracao Vagabondo/Berimbao (le “Ce n’est que de l’eau” de Claude Nougaro ) The voice is beautiful, a little tart and the bossa, in Portuguese, that she offers us is entirely different than that we already know, it is very good. Let’s take But Beautiful, she sings it in rumba, accompanied along with the rest, by a guitar that’s very Carlos Jobim, that of Ron Jackson, it’s impeccable. Let’s take Dez Anos, backed up by the superb accordion playing of Walter Kuehr, it is touching. She can have an acerbic voice (Blue by the River), but can plunge in the low register, for example on Joana Francesa, a beautiful text in franco- portuguese, or take off into the very intense (Danced da Solidao) It’s superb. She can sing nostalgic ballades (One More Rhyme) as she can transform a straight out standard (All gold Nothing At All.) She can emphasize a song and give it content and an undeniable jazz form as in Red Sails particularly successful, and a splendid end to close CD... - Michel Bedin- JazzHot/Paris
“When Lights Are Low is second CD of the singer LISA Kirchner, which follows One More Rhythm of which we had celebrated the praises in these same columns. Accompanied by her quartet piano-bass-drums-guitar, LISA Kirchner gives us other everlasting standards on which she can improvise at leisure, just like her musicians. Ron Jackson is romantic in intention, just as she is with something fragile and plaintiff in her voice (Angel Eyes, Love for Sale, You Don' T Know What Love Is). In particular one is bound to remember You' ve Changed where she captures the refrain entirely in the spirit of the great Billie, but with variations added. The guitarist comments movingly along with the pianist Xavier Davis. With this CD, LISA Kirchner gives us a beautiful example of her talent and her sensitivity.” Michel Bedin- JazzHot/Paris
Like all true singers of song, Lisa takes her vocal expertise for granted and concentrates entirely upon the text. Every nuance of the words- each twist and turn and lilt and sob and smile- contains, and expresses, the experience of She Who Was There. She performs from the inside out. Prima la parola... Whatever the language- English, Spanish, Portuguese, French (or, rather, Parisian), Provencal- the shading seems inevitable, and the diction flawless. Lisa has manners but no mannerisms: she sings less about having been in love than because she was in love. Her repertory is unhackneyed and tasteful and mostly very poignant. I am a fan because there is nobody like her in our loud crass vulgar milieu of music, and because she knows what she's doing and how to do it. - Ned Rorem
Lisa Kirchner's sultry way with a song is very winning... A wonderful album. - Ruth Laredo
Lisa finds that subterranean tone in her voice and in the song that raises pop singing to an art. - Galt MacDermot
It is beautiful to hear Lisa Kirchner's singing which is so very musical, genuine and touching... a lovely album. - Peter Serkin
Lilting, lyrical and lush, the voice of Lisa Kirchner thrills, soothes and delights. Her new album, One More Rhyme, of unusual and beautiful songs, is a definite winner. - Judy Collins
Lisa Kirchner is that rare phenomenon of the consummate performer whose artistry is world-class. Unforgettable is her unique sound and the manner of her musical presentation. Like a magnet, she draws the listener into the complete compass of what it means to be a human being from our most earthy elements to the sublime. Her voice says it all as she uses her extraordinary gifts in the service of the music she is singing. Listening to Lisa Kirchner is an experience not to be missed. - Luise Vosgerchian, Harvard University
the French songs defy explanation when it comes to intensity and emotion... Her renditions of 'Ne Me Quitte Pas' and 'Jessie' may be the most heart-wrenching ever - Electronic Link Journey
this smoky torcher with the mane of red hair is absorbing... an intense singer - Backstage
a formidable interpreter -Amsterdam News
she's got striking range with the ability to emote rage, loss or longing in equally convincing measure... Her covers of 'Dansa da Solidao' and 'Padam, Padam' were especially vibrant with Kirchner using her arms, torso and face eloquently to embody the passion in the music... Kirchner is a singer who can galvanize the stage both vocally and physically... - Koroly's Cabaret Corner
a sexy chanteuse... very much her own woman - Variety
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