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A tribute to Billie Holiday


Sonia Loinsworth - vocals
Oscar Jansen - piano

A hundred years after Billie Holiday was born, we are celebrating her musical life. She paved the path for female singers within the genres of blues and jazz, and portrayed through a long career the hard life available for women of color at the time. Billie Holiday recorded a wide range of classics and her music is still played widely throughout the world. The songs she sang have been reproduced in hundreds of new recordings by other artists over the past century.

Sonia Loinsworth began her music career as a singer within the styles of jazz, soul and funk on Oslo's music scene in the 80s. At one point she went over to modal music, singing Norwegian folk songs interpreted with harmonic chant and multilayered vocal tracks. Her vocal work has been influenced by classical Indian vocal ornamentation and various vocal styles from the Himalayas. Sonia proceeded into 15 years of composing, recording and giving concerts/recitals with Buddhist mantras.

Interview and music clips from the Norwegian radio programme "The Jungle telegraph"

"I listen to and play a wide variety of music on my Radio Show, La Otra Orilla in Barcelona, Spain. 
It ranges from jazz music (instrumental, vocal, classic, standards, contemporary experimental...) to world music from all over the world, but I almost never enjoy them in the same album.

My listeners have known Sonia Loinsworth's beautiful voice for years through her mantra chant albums. Now she has released a new album, A tribute to Billie Holiday; with the perfect mixture of both genres, thanks to her musical background.
Moreover, eastern overtone chanting or harmonic singing has rarely been mixed with western jazz; which gives this album a more remarkable and welcome outcome, and a more precious and exclusive choice for collectors and music lovers of both genres.... "
Francisco López
La Otra Orilla on Ràdio Despí, Barcelona, Spain

When she returns to the classical jazz repertoire, Sonia draws on these traditions, while maintaining the contemplative aspect. She interprets the classical jazz repertoire within a large vocal span from the lyrical and intimate to the metallic and experimental.

Sonia is half Norwegian and half Trinidadian; with roots in the afro-caribbean tradition. She has lived and studied music in Georgia, USA.

Piano: Oscar Jansen
Oscar Jansen has been an active gospel and jazz pianist for more than 25 years. The combination of jazz, gospel and church organ styles adds an exciting element to his playing, making it tailor-made for this project. Oscar has recorded and toured in Norway and internationally with a long series of musicians in band and duo projects. Oscar teaches piano at the University of Agder, Norway.