Even more impressions from the final

Impressions from the final

Live-Blog FINAL: 12th SHURE Montreux Jazz Voice Competition

It’s 4 o’clock, the jury comes in, all seats are taken and so we can start.

Myriam Bouk Moun will be the first lady to sing a song. She starts with GROOVIN’ HIGH – with new lyrics written by herself. A joyful almost childish intro guides us into the song. She swings it in a light, elegant way. Her scat follows the changes, interesting, very musical. Now an OWN COMPOSITION, she gives us the message about love and we believe her singing: „I could fly, life was filled with joy, I felt save, but…“. The band bringst he meaning into music – this is not a competition anymore, this is a faboulus concert! “YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT LOVE IS” in an explosive interpretation – influenced by pop, soul, world music but most of all – full of Myriams emotions. Her scat also is full of emotions paired with jazz phrasing, interesting harmonic choices, again some popy embellishments. And everything sang in full range between loud and soft, high and low, soul and jazz, even classical timbre, some belting, some breathy notes, some screaming … tasteful … wow: here is an artist on stage – and again: that’s not a competition, it’s a concert!

Alita Moses starts with some words in French to the audience. FOUR is her first song. Her pleasant voice, good timing, easy phrasing and her smile make it a joy to look at and listen to her. The ballad – one of her favourite songs sang by Alita makes us totally understand her wish: “oh how I need SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME”. The longing is in her face while she sings – following mostly the original melody with some modern embellishments, perfect intonation, good sound, very personal touch. A French tune – a song by “Magda Giannikou: AMOUR T’ES LÁ? Just lately recorded with Snarky Puppy so clap your hands”. The band puts us into Latin atmosphere – the audience is enthusiastic about the lively performance. Again: WOW!

Laura Perrudin starts out with the Verse from I GET A KICK OUT OF YOU. And here we get the kick of authentic, classical Club Jazz. Though there is a special sadness or blue innocence about Laura. And her next song from Mel Thorme is somehow illustrating what I just thought: BORN TO BE BLUE. With a fine scat, again very good intonation, makes us dream and look at this girl singing with her eyes closed.

Wayne Shorter – probably the most important composer in my life – with words by Gretchen Parlato JUJU. A long intro with elements of world music, melodically interesting, soundwise interesting, good built up following th original chord structure of the song guides us into the lyrics. WHAT A JOURNEY!!!

GOOD LUCK TO THE THREE OF YOU – YOU ARE ALL WINNERS!!!

We just had a little intermission – I sang two songs of mine: DELICIOUS AND LOVELY and FUKUMATSU – plus a CIRCLE SONG with all the FINALISTs together plus Liselotte Ostblom  … just improvised together.

PUBLIC PRICE goes to Alita Moses – CONGRATULATIONS!

All three finalists get 2000 Euro worth SHURE products free to choose. Miss Sweet Georgia Brown wants to say some words: “what a honor and pleasure to be here. And to the ladies: there are no loosers, you are all winners. Love what you do and do what you love!”

THIRD PRICE goes to MYRIAM BOUK MOUN – CONGRATULATIONS!

SECOND PRICE goes to LAURA PERRUDIN.

FIRST PRICE goes to ALITA MOSES.

CONGRATULATIONS!

This was again a wonderful experience, all the best to you nine girls singing here! Loads of love from Sabine Kuehlich

more info and contact: http://www.sabinekuehlich.com :-)

 

 

 

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