Crowned “America’s Best Singer” in 2001 by Time Magazine, the incomparable Cassandra Wilson will make her Sydney Opera House debut in the Concert Hall on June 15 as part of Music at the House.
Crowned "America's Best Singer" in 2001 by Time Magazine, the incomparable Cassandra Wilson will make her Sydney Opera House debut in the Concert Hall on June 15 as part of Music at the House.
The iconic diva of jazz and blues will be accompanied by her incredible sextet, featuring some of the world's finest jazz musicians; Brandon Ross (guitars), Charlie Burnham (violin), Lonnie Plaxico (bass), Mino Cinelu (percussion) and Gregoire Maret (harmonica).
Visiting Australian shores for the first time in almost a decade, the Mississippi-born singer, songwriter and guitarist was a founding member of the soul-funk outfit M-Base Collective before launching her stellar solo career. Her landmark 1993 Blue Note release Blue Light 'Til Dawn paved the way for a new generation of jazz singers, and was recently named one of The Guardian's 50 key events in the history of jazz.
She has continued to interpret vintage blues, country and folk music in fresh and creative ways, collaborating with icons such as Bill Frisell, Elvis Costello, Terence Blanchard and Angelique Kidjo.
Wilson has received a litany of awards including the 2012 Echo Jazz Female Singer of the Year Award, the Miles Davis Prize, the Django D'Or, the Edison Music Award, two Grammy Awards and shared in Pulitzer Prize fame for her contribution to fellow Delta native and jazz great Wynton Marsalis' 1997 jazz oratorio "Blood On The Fields", the first jazz work to receive a Pulitzer Prize. She has also dominated the DownBeat Critics Poll for 11 consecutive years from 1996, and again from 2008-2012.
Now at age 57, Wilson's musical curiosity has not waned and she continues to evolve her art form and transcend musical genres, interpreting jazz in fresh and creative ways. On her 18th album, "Another Country", released in 2012, she delves into new territory with touches of Italian, flamenco, bossa nova and classical music.
With her mesmerising stage presence and velvety, double-smoked contralto voice, Cassandra Wilson captivates from the moment she steps onto the stage. Her highly anticipated debut in the Concert Hall will be nothing short of legendary.
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