Christine Tobin

Christine Tobin is located in New York City and London. Her unique voice and unique compositional style are what make Christine Tobin, an Irish-born composer and vocalist, so popular. Christine is a well-known figure on the UK’s contemporary music scene, with eleven critically acclaimed CDs and four major awards. The Guardian described her authentic sound as “Tobin’s 24-carat voice” and praised her for both the poetry of her songs and her warm voice. Although her style is rooted in jazz, it’s eclectic and draws from a wide range of influences. The Irish Times described it as “music that veers between grungy, industrial grooves to wispy romanceism to abstracted modern classical”. MOJO Music Magazine stated that Christine Tobin transcends superficial genre-fication. Her expressive range reflects finely acquired jazz, folk and 20th-century classic influences. This already makes her stand out. Everything is shot through with an unmistakable refinement. She won the ‘Herald Angel Award at Edinburgh Festival in 2012 for her show, ‘A Thousand Kisses Deep’. It was her imaginative renditions of Cohen classics. In 2014, she was named ‘Jazz Vocalist Of The Year’ by the Parliamentary Jazz Awards. Christine was also awarded ‘Best Vocalist” at the 2008 BBC Jazz Awards. She is highly sought after by other bands because of her versatility and musical integrity. She has recorded and performed with many artists including Kenny Wheeler and Billy Hart, Mark Turner and Leo Genovese. Christine is active on the international stage. In 2016, her shows in the US were at the Xerox Rochester Jazz Festival and Edmonton Jazz Festivals. She also performed in NYC at Symphony Space, The Irish Arts Center and National Sawdust. UK and London performances include Ronnie Scott’s and The Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho and Vortex. She has previously performed at numerous prestigious jazz festivals around the world. Varna, Kalisz Berlin, Rainforest Music Festival Borneo and Sons di Hiver Paris are some of the others. Joe’s Pub NYC, A-Trane Berlin and a week’s residency in Athens’ Half Note were just a few of the clubs that made international appearances. In Mike Figgis’ Red White and Blues documentary/film, Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues, her vivid interpretations of Bessie were featured. These films were made by the PSB channel of the U.S.A and screened in cinemas around the world. Christine also presented special features on BBC Radio 3’s cutting-edge programme Jazz On 3 and regularly appeared on Alyn Shipton’s Jazz Library, also for BBC Radio 3. Bessie Smith and Betty Carter were among her contributions. Her special documentary program, “Out with Paganism”, was a Silver Radio Winner at New York Festivals – 2013 World’s Best Radio Programs. from

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