Joanna Wallfisch

Joanna Wallfisch

Instrument: Voice / vocals | Location: Los Angeles

Ushering you into a magical sound world that references everything from The Third Stream stylings of Chick Corea to the songs of Kurt Weil... ★★★★
—Jazzwise Magazine

Updated: April 8, 2020

Described by Downbeat Magazine as “an exquisite singer-songwriter”, Joanna's music conveys a beauty of a many-coloured sort that speaks to straight to the human condition. Her songs reveal personal truths about love, loss, adventure, home and hope. World Music Report described it as “quintessential heart-music by a vocalist who seems to have connected with the deepest recesses of her being emerging into brightness again with songs of haunting beauty.” ​

Joanna is a master in the art of live vocal looping and as a multi-instrumentalist plays baritone ukulele, piano, flute, Indian shruti box, kalimba and melodica. Her music defies genre classification as she effortlessly imbues her songs with nuances of jazz, classical, art-song, and folk, carrying her “clear-eyed poetry” (Boston Globe) and “striking vocals” (Hothouse). Her songwriting extends beyond just lyrics and melody - Joanna also arranges for ensembles including string quartets, winds, a cappella voices and more. ​​

Joanna's career has taken her around the globe. She first studied to be a painter at Central Saint Martins, London. This led her to Paris, where she sang on the bridges of the Seine with the “Rene Miller Wedding Band”. Following this formative time she did a masters in jazz at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. In 2012 she moved to New York City where she forged an indelible musical path, appearing and collaborating with musicians including Dan Tepfer, Wynton Marsalis, Kenny Werner, Sam Newsome, Lee Konitz, to name a few

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”[Joanna's] crystalline voice brings to mind early recordings by that legendary songstress [Joni Mitchell] as well as the less heralded work of British jazz singer Norma Winstone.” — The Wall Street Journal ​ ”The album is at once boldly individual and sublimely subtle...★★★★” — Jazzwise Magazine ​ ”When Joanna Wallfisch is one stage one can do nothing but pay attention...” — Downbeat Magazine ​ ”The London-born singer-songwriter takes flight on the opening track “When We Travel,” her voice gliding and never forced along its journey as she reflects on a 1,154-mile bicycle trip to Los Angeles from Portland, Oregon

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Primary Instrument

Voice / vocals


Los Angeles

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced


Master of Music in Voice and Jazz Performance, The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. 2010- 2012 Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in Fine Art: Central Saint Martins London. 2006-2009 Diploma in Fine Arts and Illustration, École Superior des Beaux Arts, Paris. 2008 Diploma Certificate in Fine Arts: Chelsea College, University of The Arts, London 2005-2006: RESIDENCIES Banff Centre Songwriters In Residence, Banff Centre of the Arts, Banff, Canada, 2018 Banff Centre Winter Musicians In Residence, Banff Centre of the Arts, Banff, Canada, 2017 Summer Labs Artist in Residence, National Sawdust, New York City, NY. 2017 ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop, Columbia University, NY, NY, 2016 Banff Centre Fall Musicians In Residence, Banff Centre of the Arts, Banff, Canada, 2015 TEACHERS (voice, musicality, jazz, composition, sight singing) Fred Hersch, Billy Childs, Kate McGarry, Jo Lawry, Pete Churchill, Lee Gibson, Kate Baker, Tina May, Gerald White, Lesley Leighton. WORK AS MUSIC EDUCATOR / SONGWRITING AND VOCAL WORKSHOP LEADER Song Writing Faculty at Los Angeles College Of Music, Los Angeles, CA. 2018 - present Early Childhood Music Educator, Family Sing with Urban Voices Project, Los Angeles. 2018-present: bringing music to the mothers and children living with homelessness on Skid Row, DTLA. Early Childhood Music Educator, Bloom School of Music, Los Angeles, 2017-present Early Childhood Music Educator, Jules4Music, Los Angeles, 2017-present Early Childhood Music Educator, Timbalooloo, New York, 2013-2017 Voice Teacher, South Pasadena Music Conservatory, 2018 Private Voice Teacher, home studio, Los Angeles. Private Ukulele Teacher, home studio, Los Angeles. Private Songwriting Instructor, home studio, Los Angeles. Teaching Artist for Songwriting, Denver School of the Arts, CO, 2018 Teaching Artist for Voice and Songwriting, Mt Hood Community College, OR. 2017 Teaching Artist for Songwriting, Scenic View High School, Medford, Oregon. 2017 Children’s Choir Director and Teaching Artist, Songbound’s Children’s Choir, Mumbai, India 2016 Early Childhood Music Educator, Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, FUNIKIJAM. 2012 Teaching Artist Early Childhood Music, WEBOP, Jazz at Lincoln Centre, New York. 2012 Teaching Artist, Spitalfields Music and the English Consort, London. 2011

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