From the cool, free floating beauty of Hugh Fraser and Miranda Sage's collaboration "Island Man" through to the torrid passion of Henry Mancini's "Slow Hot Wind", Moon Tiger provides a perfect vehicle for Miranda's expressive three-octave voice to deliver every emotion from yearning to lust, and every quality from sweet high purity to sultry come-hither worldliness. It is a voice made for capturing hearts.
Miranda Sage is English by birth, though she has lived most of her adult life in western Canada. A music lover since early childhood, her musical training includes a backgroung in piano, clarinet, saxophone, lute and guitar. Her vocal training was acquired through the University of Victoria, the Victoria Conservatory of muisic, and various jazz workshops in Canada, the U.S., and Europe. On this solid base, Miranda has built her concept of the voice as an instrument. Following several tours in North America and Europe, she released her first CD, "Standards and Originals in a Jazz Key", in 1997, to wide critical acclaim. Miranda sings regularly in Victoria with the eighteen piece Swiftsure Big Band, and well as with small combos. She has also performed with the Hugh Fraser International big band, the Port Townsend Jazz Festival big band and has appeared several times at the Victoria International Jazz festival. She performed in 2002 at the Isle of Wight Jazz Divas festival and in 2004 at the Mid Argyll Annual Gala in Scotland. Moon Tiger, produced by award winning Rick Kilburn, features Hugh Fraser on piano and trombone, Don Thompson on piano and bass, Campbell Ryga on saxophone, Ken Lister on bass, Dave Robbins on drums, and Jack Duncan on percussion.
Jim Wilke of KPLU's Jazz Northwest chose "Moon Tiger" as his 8th favourite pick from the northwest for 2003.
"A savvy mix of tunes, tempos, and ensembles sung with clear and effortless delivery by Miranda Sage" Neil Ritchie, CBC Radio
"Sage's horn-like phrasing is a delight on upbeat Jobim-penned sambas and her own tricky originals." Joseph Blake, Times Colonist
"Sage unleashed a voice of thrilling flexibilty and range making jazz singing sound like the easiest thing in the world" Drew Snyder, Monday Magazine