With Ambiance Francaise (Corinne Saunders, vocals, Jeff :Lashway, piano) at NOMA
Aug
9
5:30 PM17:30

With Ambiance Francaise (Corinne Saunders, vocals, Jeff :Lashway, piano) at NOMA

SUSANNE ORTNER’S AMBIANCE FRANÇAISE at Friday Nights at NOMA
Drawing mostly from the repertoire of Sidney Bechet, Edith Piaf, and Josephine Baker, German-born/New Orleans-based reed player Susanne Ortner will join pianist Jeff Lashway and French chanteuse Corinne Saunders for a musical journey to Paris of the 1920s, ’30s, and beyond.

Ortner is equally conversant in jazz, classical music, and numerous ethnic music styles. She has performed with such musicians as Belgian Gypsy icon Tcha Limberger, accordionist/pianist Alan Bern, first concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic Noah Bendix-Balgley, multi-instrumentalist Vince Giordano, and pianist Tom Roberts and many others.

A native of Pennsylvania, Lashway has toured the world playing and recording with jazz legends such as Diane Shuur, Richie Cole, and Maynard Ferguson.

Saunders, born in Orleans, France, and now a resident of New Orleans, began her singing career at age 16. Since then she has worked performing solo, as a backup singer, as an actress in stage productions, and as a teacher of theatre arts for children and a singing coach for adults. With her own group, Corinne Saunders and French Kiss, she performs American jazz and French vocal music.

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May
19
5:00 PM17:00

Susanne Ortner Trio at Marigny Opera House

Susanne Ortner Trio:

Last Stop Sehnsucht– Acoustifying music from disparate traditions

Susanne Ortner – clarinets/saxophones

Nahum Zdybel – guitar

James Singleton – bass

Driven by an “addictive yearning” for deep connection this stellar trio, led by German born reed player Susanne Ortner, explores often overlooked 20thcentury repertoire from disparate traditions in an inside/outside kind of way – and with great sensitivity, communication, and fire. Nasty-silky-good.

New Orleans based German clarinetist, saxophonist, and composer Susanne Ortner is equally conversant in jazz, classical music, and various ethnic musics.

The German Newspaper Augsburger Allgemeine states that she is “a musician par excellence, capable of moving you deeply“.

Her desire to find the similar in the different has lead to the exploration of a myriad of musical traditions, as well as to collaborations and international concert tours with numerous outstanding musicians – mostly in the intimate duo or trio format - such as Belgium Gypsy icon Tcha Limberger, accordionist/pianist Alan Bern, 1. Concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonics Noah Bendix-Balgley, multi-instrumentalist Vince Giordano, pianist Tom Roberts and many others.

She is the subject of the book “Living the Dream” – Für die Musik nach Amerika” (Wissner Verlag Augsburg, 2011), written by German Television journalist Helge Fuhst.

Nahum Thelonious Zdybel is a New Orleans-based guitarist, improviser and composer restlessly shifting roles between innovative explorer of improvised musics, creative indie rock sideman, and ardent revivalist of early jazz styles and repertoire. Attracted to musical settings that are intimate and sincere, Nahum deploys a playful, hyper-sensitive approach to re-imagine material from disparate musical traditions as baffling combustions of spontaneity and subtle cleverness. Correspondingly at home amongst jazz tunes, free improvisations, original works, and early 20th-century American music, Nahum is an inventive improviser who regards with equal fondness and irreverence his relationship with early jazz, hardcore punk, and unstructured improvisation.

Composer/Double bassist/bandleader James Singleton has been ubiquitous on the New Orleans music scene for more than 40 years. He has performed, toured, and recorded in many styles from the earliest New Orleans traditions to R'n'B, Blues, all imagined types of jazz to punk rock and the avant-garde. The New Orleans traditions he most adheres to are invention, making it new, and making it deep.

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