Celebrating the release of her debut album “Destiny” in May 2012, this Dutch Singer-Songwriter (by day a Boston cancer researcher) will impress you with her moving lyrical stories and fresh melodies. Her 14 original songs are stirring and poignant life stories with universal appeal. Backed by a top-notch band you're in for a unique and memorable musical experience. Acclaimed Jazz Vocalist REBECCA PARRIS is co-producer of “Destiny” and special feature on selected tracks.
JAZZ is a land of interpreters and only occasionally of singer-songwriters. Yet Louise Van Aarsen, a Dutch-born, Boston-based jazz vocalist, has arrived on the scene with a whole album of fresh original songs and a unique voice. Louise's singing is cool yet worldly-wise; her musicianship is so solid that she doesn't have to turn any vocal cartwheels to prove her jazz credibility. The words are her focus, and she delivers them a distinctive sound and complete directness. Under the guidance of her musical director and producer Rebecca Parris - a jazz singer of profound depth and much influence - Louise has given us an impressive debut CD. The backgrounds incorporate all sorts of styles, including swing, Latin, fusion, and lush balladry. The instrumental details support and never distract from Louise's storytelling, which always rings true.
---JAMES GAVIN, music biographer and author of "Deep in a Dream: The Long Night of Chet Baker" and "Stormy Weather: The Life of Lena Horne"
Album Credits - Released 08 May 2012
“DESTINY” by Louise Van Aarsen
Produced by Rebecca Parris & Louise Van Aarsen
MUSIC & LYRICS: Louise Van Aarsen (co-written with Ton Scheer or Doug Hammer selected tracks).
VOCALS: Louise Van Aarsen, Rebecca Parris (on "Lately", "Destiny", and "Forever"), Ted Davis (on "Forever")
ARRANGEMENTS Louise Van Aarsen, Doug Hammer, Rebecca Parris, Ton Scheer, Russ Hoffmann, and Claudio Ragazzi (strings)
Piano & keyboard: Russ Hoffmann
Piano: Doug Hammer, Paul McWilliams
Acoustic Bass: Peter Kontrimas
Electric Bass: Oscar Stagnaro
Guitars: Claudio Ragazzi
Drums: Jim Lattini
Percussion: Mike Ringquist
Saxophone: Arnie Krakowsky
Harmonica: Mike Turk
Violins:Rika Ikeda, Maria Kowalski, Echae Kang
Viola: Drew Ricciardi
Cello: Eugene Friesen
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Peter Kontrimas, PBS Studios, Westwood, MA
Album cover by Susan Wilson Photography
Album design by Jan Van Aarsen at JvA Design