Brigitte Beraha

"Most musicianly singer Brigitte Beraha" performs as both 'sideman' and as a leader in an ever-expanding range of projects, from straight ahead jazz- singing jazz standard songs with lyrics, to more contemporary outlets- using her voice as an instrument. Brigitte has studied Music at Kingsway College, Classical and Contemporary music at Goldsmiths College, and Jazz at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London under teachers and artists as diverse as Simon Purcell, Pete Churchill, Lee Gibson, Scott Stroman, Jason Rebello, Rufus Reid and Stan Sulzman. She has performed and/or recorded with musical luminaries Kenny Wheeler, Chris Laurence, Paul Clarvis, Pete King, Alan Barnes, Liam Noble, John Parricelli, Ingrid Laubrock, Frank Griffith, Julian Siegel, Jonathan Gee, Jim Watson, Anita Wardell, Tim Garland, Tim Whitehead, Malcolm Creese, and rising stars Ivo Neame, Phil Donkin, George Hart, Joe Auckland, John Turville, Chris Hill, Tim Lapthorn, Ben Reynolds, Tim Giles, Jez Franks, Tori Freestone, Dave Manington, Mark Hanslip and Gwillym Simcock. Brigitte has performed and led workshops in the United States, France, Brussels, Switzerland, Finland, Turkey, Nepal and all over the UK, performing regularly in London at top venues such as the Vortex, the National Theatre, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Ronnie Scotts, Pizza Express, the Others, the Spice of Life, and venues run by the Loop and E17jazz collectives. Brigitte's wide range of musical influences is apparent in both of her albums to date. The first one, a more straight-ahead album of standard songs and two originals, Prelude to a Kiss (FMR, 2005), shows a love for Jazz and Latin standards whilst retaining a contemporary and ethereal sound, enhanced by the saxophone of Ingrid Laubrock. The second album, Flying Dreams (F-Ire, 2008), is a more mature and personal collection of original compositions, influenced by Anglo-European and Latin Jazz, as well as by Brigitte's own cosmopolitan upbringing. From that album stemmed Brigitte's trio project (voice/trumpet & flugelhorn/piano) which extensively toured the UK twice in 2007, from St Ives to John O'Groats. Both albums have had rave reviews and extensive international and national radio play. Supported by Jazz services and Arts Council England in 2008, Brigitte had more freedom to improvise and explore her voice. Brigitte has recently appeared with Barry Green on Resonance FM 104.4, performing two live sets and giving an interview. She also features on Ivo Neame's trio album Swirls & Eddies (Loop Records, 2007) and on John Turville's trio album Midas (F-ire, 2009). Current projects, other than the bands mentioned on Brigitte's albums as a leader, include the E17jazz Large Ensemble who recently played a new suite by Liam Noble; Nonentity, a nine piece band led by Pete Billington and playing originals, arrangements of jazz and 80s pop songs, classical music and tangos; Dave Manington's Riff Raff, a quintet playing through composed pieces with room for collective improvisation; Solstice, a new sextet formed from a common love of contrapuntal and beautiful writing; a pop band The Flight Brigade in which Brigitte sings bvs and plays keyboard; and a new collaboration with Will Collier, melodic songs written as an antidote to the sometimes hard music jazz musicians get to play. Brigitte and Barry Green have also just started co-leading a new project, Babel Fish, which will be recorded in the next few months, with a release towards the end of 2010. The band features jazz legends Chris Laurence on double bass and Paul Clarvis on drums and percussion. The music, whilst open to freedom of expression and improvisation, is a mixture of beautiful songs from the classical and contemporary repertoires and original material by both Brigitte and Barry. Click here to see when Babel Fish are playing next.