ADI BRAUN - BIOGRAPHY
Combining nostalgia of yesteryear with the clarity of today, Adi Braun evokes, with her sophisticated style and subtle delivery, such vocal and dramatic greats as Sarah Vaughan, Lotte Lenya, Judy Garland and Rosemary Clooney. Her repertoire ranges from standards of the American songbook to European cabaret and contemporary gems by composers such as Canada's Shirley Eikhard and Gordon Lightfoot. Whether she is singing in English, French, Spanish or German, Adi Braun is "a power-frau who gives jazz standards a unique touch, telling stories that are miniature life moments" (Rheinische Post, Düsseldorf, Germany).
"If you're a fan of high-grade vocal work with assured confidence, superb diction, sharp timing and a theatrical flair for the dramatic... time to meet Adi Braun... a jazz singer with a bold vocal delivery crammed with character and a signature versatile approach." - Geoff Chapman, The Toronto Star
The Rules of the Game, Adi's latest recording, is a beautiful and playful exploration of the journey of love. Once again featuring musicians Doug Riley (piano), Terry Clarke (drums) and Steve Wallace (bass), along with Perry White on tenor sax, The Rules of the Game will be released nationally in October 2005. The launch tour will take Adi to concert halls and clubs across Canada and the United States. In his liner notes, US jazz critic Scott Yanow points to "the absolute beauty of Braun's voice, the tightness of her band and the high quality of the compositions" as three of the album's exceptional qualities.
Born in Toronto, Adi grew up in Europe surrounded by music and musicians. Her parents were opera singers. Her father, one of Canada's leading baritones, performed mainly in Europe, and Adi spent her first 20 years in Germany. Her first instrument was piano, which she began studying at age six. With no formal voice lessons, she made her first pop/jazz recording at age 19. Hearing a natural voice, her parents encouraged her to follow in the family tradition. So, upon returning to Canada, Adi trained classically, obtaining her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Music. Soon she began her singing career as a classical recitalist, a soloist with orchestra and on stage with Canadian opera companies. A co-founder of Toronto's cabaret company "Blue Rider Musical Productions," Adi started "singing sideways" and soon returned to the music she loved-what she calls "cabarazz"-drawing aspects from both cabaret and jazz. After winning a local competition in 2001, Braun was catapulted to centre stage as one of Canada's leading jazz vocalists.
Adi has a long list of cabaret, concert and theatre successes to her credit. With her critically acclaimed CD, Delishious, which made the Top Ten on jazz radio charts across Canada and was short-listed for a 2004 Juno Nomination, Adi firmly established herself, both at home and abroad, as one of the Canada's brightest musical lights.
"Braun holds her own vocally against the godmothers of jazz, and she deftly mixes up her set with classical, pop, cabaret and blues. But what puts her ahead of most contemporary jazz singers is her superb timing and phrasing, which she uses to revive old classics." - Brent Rayner, NOW Magazine
Adi has performed for standing-room-only audiences in Canada, the US, Germany and Italy, appearing at renowned clubs like Toronto's Top o' the Senator, the Montreal Bistro, the Rex Jazz and Blues Bar, Revival, New York's Birdland and Joe's Pub, and in Europe at Düsseldorf's Maschinenhalle, Munich's Jazzclub Unterfahrt, and Florence's Jazz Club Firenze. A regular at jazz and summer festivals, she has appeared from coast to coast in Canada and continues to receive rave reviews with each performance.
"These ears had never heard her alluring voice before, but you can be sure that they'll never forget it ... she's a gifted artist delivering a knock-out set." - Jeff Rosen, Cabaret Scenes