Now just the first rehearsal started, it’s 11 o’clock.
Natalia Akatieva – a nice decent 12 year old girl with a great voice entered the stage. She has already spent some days in Montreux with her mother – coming the long way from Russia. You sound great, definitly not like 12 years old… young gifted talent – I wish you good luck, Natalia!
Boblarka Babiczki – a woman from Hungary, living in Vienna, rehearsed a difficult tune, the band is great – she was even scat-singing – I LIKE IT! You sound great – how did it feel to be on stage rehearsing? „The pianist is Hungaran, that’s already a good start… I think: sometimes: less is more. And: a rest is music too.“ So: have fun and enjoy making music, Boblarka!
Paula Grande unfortunatly had to cancel the participation at the competition. She had to be operated urgendtly but is okay now. So Paula – take the next chance next year! Get better soon!
Sarah Lancman is the next singer. I hear a very flexible voice, high and low, nice timing, relaxed and warm – wow! Yes you can hear that Sarah loves Jazz. „What’s your approach in Jazz-Music?“ „When I like a song, I listen to it a lot, to a lot of different versions – not just singers. While singing and scat-singing, I try to think in melodies.“ Wish you good luck, inspiration and fun, Sarah!
Charlotte Looker from Australia enters the stage, she has a very expressive voice with a lot of different sounds. Playful and convincing she dives into the second song. I talk to her after the reharsal: “Well, I traveled the last 5 days, that was a long trip… It feels different to play with these guys – my band plays everything by ear, we know each other so well. The band here is great here too, that’s a challenge – I just need to relaxe.” So dive into the music and enjoy it, Charlotte!
Aysel Mammadova brings in the colors of her country, playing also the piano herself. In the second tune she switches to a jazz-approach with scat-singing and the art of variations in the melody. She rehearses in detail, is very much into the music and sophisticated about the content. Wonderful!
So girls: good luck tonight, sing these wonderful songs for us, forget about being judged… be yourself and have fun!