Musical Meditations in an ambient soundscape
Sonia Loinsworth is a singer and songwriter within the styles of contemplative mantrachant, jazz and ambient music.
She gives concerts with her own compositions for Tibetan Buddhist Mantras, within jazz and ambient music. She combines vocal techniques from classical northern Indian music, harmonic chant and Gregorian chant into a contemplative musical expression; and combines her musical work with a meditative practice.
Sonia has released three critically acclaimed Cd's with new compositions for some of the Tibetan Buddhist Mantras. These are in use by practitioners of meditation, in Yoga classes, and as support in various kinds of workshops all over the world.
In concert, Sonia focuses on the deepening potential of the mantras, and gives both soloconcerts and plays with musicians who have been trained in the classical northern-Indian tradition.
"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.... "
La Otra Orilla on Ràdio Despí, Barcelona, Spain
FROM PREVIOUS CONCERTS
Easter this year started with a Tribute to Billie Holiday – a concert at CAFÉTEATERET, Nordic Black Theater in Oslo with musician and singer Sonia Loinsworth.
The first number is God Bless the Child with text and melody by Billie Holiday herself. I am excited! And Sonia delivers. She is a restrainedly exuberant, fully charged and precise energy bomb surprising, seducing, and impressing her audience with a range out of the ordinary. Overtones, emotional charges, bold Indian ornaments combined with a delicate performance of classic songs like All of Me, Summertime and I've Got You Under My Skin are enough to make you swoon. Sonia is simply a full package! With full impact. Now and then like a digital audio machine at the outer reaches of the human register – accompanied on piano by Oscar Jansen; a wonder!
"A remarkable universe of musical play and barrier-breaking vocal acrobatics. The magical atmosphere is irresistible, and no one is left unaffected by this experience. The air is filled with passionate and love-saturated sound that leaves you enchanted and changed. Thanks."
— Kim Birger
"Thank you so much for the magical concert yesterday. Your voice and performance moved both body and soul. It was beautiful to experience the fantastic interaction between you and the pianist. When I came home, I thought of the singer Yma Sumac."
"Sonia Loinsworths voice and the way she performed the concert in Stavanger yesterday was fantastic. Her meditative touch moved me to new heights, and she gave me a different and, in fact, rare concert experience."
"It was a very special experience. Such a magnificent voice is very unusual. It went straight to the soul. Thank you for a wonderful concert with a special emotional expression."
"Thank you, Sonia, for a magical concert. You offer your expression generously, and I am greatly impressed by the unique, enchanting and playful way that you use your voice. A whole new musical experience. The pianist was fantastic too!"
"Sublime! Many thanks for a fantastic concert. Your being and your voice are unique!"