A new big voice
The New York Times mentions her in the same breath as the big three voices of jazz: Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald. Yet the American singer Cécile McLorin Salvant sounds anything but nostalgic – like no other she gives a new, contemporary meaning to famous and lesser-known gems from jazz, soul and blues. Even chansons pass by; Cécile was raised in both English and French and studied Baroque and Classical music in France. She herself composed the song cycle Ogresse, in which her love for fairy tales and mythology is expressed.
When Cécile McLorin Salvant performed at the invitation of the BIMHUIS and Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam five years ago, she had just experienced a stormy breakthrough. She now has three Grammys to her name and has reached the top of the prestigious Down Beat Critics Poll several times. Now she is performing again in the Muziekgebouw in collaboration with the BIMHUIS, this time with her quintet with guitarist Martin Sewell, who previously played with Cassandra Wilson and Lizz Wright.