Chris McNulty ‘Eternal’ Chamber Ensemble
8.30pm, Sunday October 30 – WPAC Theatre
Since her emergence on the international jazz scene in 1991, McNulty has been hailed by musi- cians, peers and critics alike as a jazz vocalist-composer with a unique vision, a voice of serene beauty, profound emotional fervency and rhythmic prowess. Her recordings and performances have garnered outstanding reviews in publications including DownBeat, The Irish Times, Jazz Wise, Jazz Journal and JazzTimes, among many others.
In May 2013, McNulty won the Aus- tralian Bell Award for Best Vocal Jazz Album for ‘The Song That Sings You Here” (Challenge). Chris kicks off her nationwide tour Australia from her hometown, Melbourne which she returns to after a 28 year stint residing in NYC. Her reputation had been firmly established working among the Australian jazz elite in her home country with a decade or so of touring, television appearances and studio-session work under her belt. In NYC and elsewhere around the globe McNulty has collaborated, recorded and performed with some of the finest musicians on the in- ternational jazz scene and continues to be invited to perform at major international festivals. “Eternal” recently placed #11 on the 80th Annual Downbeat Readers Poll for Album of the Year.
An exquisite blend of chamber ensemble and jazz quintet featuring the ethereal beauty of McNulty’s voice and story telling amidst orchestrator, Steve Newcomb’s seamlessly woven, finely crafted orchestrations. The arrangements feature unique treatments of classics re-imagined in new light by McNulty’s deft touch to connect powerfully with the core of each lyric along with an ensemble that brings together some of Australia’s finest classical and jazz musicians.
“Exquisite artistry…. a musical triumph ” — Hot House, NYC, June 2015 “Makes listeners rethink the meaning of why we love jazz….profoundly touching.” – 5 stars, All About Jazz, July 2015
“A veteran performer on the international jazz scene, she has many gifts as a performer and a direct channel to the emotional core of a lyric. McNulty bares her soul, and one doesn’t dare look away.” — 4 1/2 stars, DownBeat, June 2015