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Sarah Jane Morris & Ian Shaw live at Kino-Teatr
Friday, May 11th, 2018
7:00 PM
Twice BBC Jazz Award winner Ian Shaw met the powerful singer and songwriter Sarah Jane Morris in the late 80s, just after her massive success as Jimmy Somerville’s vocal sparring partner.

Shaw, who has amassed fifteen albums and worked with Quincy Jones, Jamie Cullum, Charlotte Church and big bands and orchestras all over the world, and Morris form a unique and affecting onstage double act, singing a glittering cross section from Tom Waits, through Lou Reed and Otis Redding to their own compositions.

Shaw has an onstage history of working with other vocalists. The jazz repertoire is a broad church and, pared down to just the two voices with piano as the sole accompaniment, the true art of storytelling and improvisation is at its most exciting in this intimate concert setting.

Both Morris and Shaw have an immense need to involve the audience at all times (Shaw cut his teeth on the alternative comedy circuit, Morris was the singer with The Happy End and The Republic, two extraordinarily powerful bands that thrived in the live environment).

Intense, passionate and earthy, Morris has built an unorthodox career on an uncompromising, soul-driven musicality that encompasses funk, jazz, pop and blues. Celebrated by those in-the-know as one of the truly great vocalists of her generation, her numerous solo albums, international following and a series of high-profile collaborations testify to her diverse career and thirst for musical challenge. With a seismic four octave voice (which spans the entire soprano and baritone range), Morris's solo work has seen her journey from pop hits to soul standards; from intimate acoustic tones to aggressive rock.

Some hear Sarah Vaughan or Billie Holliday in her voice, others cite Macy Gray and Erykah Badu, although Morris herself likes to say 'Nina Simone meets Janis Joplin'. Yet always her own woman, Sarah Jane Morris is a truly independent spirit with a stunningly expressive voice who's still making exciting music.

‘Morris and Shaw weave new colours into a musical and vocal history of popular song’ - The Guardian

'When that throaty, extraordinarily-deep voice comes booming out of that pale, auburn-haired face, it's a bit like the possession scene from The Exorcist' - Evening Standard

'A voice that can excite shivers of passion and delight… Soaring, swooping, sensual and sophisticated, this voice is more than a style, it's a force of nature… Torch song, soul standard or smoky blues, the message remains constant: human passion with a dazzling voice' - Neil Spencer, The Observer

'Her voice aches and soars and sweeps and groans, all wracked, cracked, leathered and worn' - Time Out