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Jill Barber to kick off 2012-2013 Spotlight Series

by on April 17, 2012

Vancouver-based, Juno-nominated jazz singer Jill Barber, who has charmed audiences worldwide, graces The Fredericton Playhouse stage on Tuesday, September 11 at 7:30pm. A co-presentation with the Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival, Barber will kick off both the 2012 Festival, as well as the 2012-2013 Spotlight Series, in this opening night gala.

From her modest beginnings as a shy acoustic folkie on the local coffeehouse stage, Barber’s recent career has been reaching starry heights. With the release of her fourth album Mischievous Moon, a stunning concoction that features Barber’s unmistakable contralto backed by sweeping strings and dramatic orchestration, Jill Barber’s evolution to confident chanteuse is complete.

Inspired by the great ladies of song like Ella Fitzgerald and Edith Piaf, Barber reached for a place on the international stage with the release of her last record, 2008’s Chances. It was a turning point in her career, says Barber. “I think it’s important to experiment and try on a number of musical hats to a point, but eventually you have to figure out what your own contribution is going to be. When I finished writing and recording Chances, something clicked.”

Barber returns to The Playhouse stage with a newfound cohesiveness and level of musical understanding with her band that playfully frames all of her music. “Barber has this connection to music – a push and pull relationship that allows her those moments when her voice really smoulders,” says Brent Staeben, Harvest’s Music Director, “and we hear that in the way that her voice effortlessly soars over waves of sweeping strings, horns, harmonies and percussion.”

Playhouse Executive Director Tim Yerxa agrees, and looks forward to hosting the Canadian chanteuse in September. “What Barber brings to the stage is a musical experience. There’s a reason she’s made her way to the top of the list of female singers in this country and we’re looking forward to sharing that when she opens our 2012-2013 Spotlight season.”

Tickets for Jill Barber are available to Spotlight Members beginning June 19 and to the general public beginning August 20 at the Fredericton Playhouse box office 1-866-884-5800, or online at www.theplayhouse.ca.

Visit artist website: www.jillbarber.com

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