Lisa Kirchner is a singer of remarkable versatility, a singer, songwriter and actress who performs an eclectic, multi-lingual repertoire that includes jazz standards from The Great American Songbook, French and Brazilian classics, folk, theatre and contemporary American and European art songs. "My father, a contemporary classical composer, conductor and pianist, took me to see Ray Charles, played and analyzed Duke Ellington songs with me, and pointed out the brilliance of a young guitarist named Jimi Hendrix, as we discussed Mozart, Bach and Schoenberg. My mother was a coloratura soprano who had performed classical lieder and show tunes in New York supper clubs." Lisa's musical journey has led her from classical piano, operetta and folk songs to cabaret and musical theatre on and off Broadway to a brand of ambient jazz as eclectic as her musical influences.
Lisa Kirchner has appeared at venues including Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut, Ryles Jazz Club in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Iridium, Birdland, and The Village Gate in New York City as well as many other clubs on the jazz and cabaret circuit. The invited singer to Gracie Mansion, she has performed at the White House, at Harvard University and the Harvard Club. Lisa's entree into the jazz venue is preceded by her years of experience in theatre and television. She wrote her own songs for her on camera appearances on NBC's Another World. Her varied performance background has included Broadway appearances in lead and featured roles in the New York Shakespeare Festival productions of The Threepenny Opera, and Galt MacDermot's The Human Comedy. Off-Broadway, Kirchner originated the role of Irma Vep in Richard Foreman and Stanley Silverman's Hotel For Criminals and it's sequel, The American Imagination. She has been featured in numerous off and off-off Broadway productions at the Public Theatre, the Delacorte Theatre, La Mama Theatre and annex, Westbeth and The American Place Theatre. On television she appeared as Undine Spragg in the BRAVO Cable channel's Songs from the Heart, and as a ballad singer in Out of Our Father's House, on WNET's Great Performances. As a dancer she appeared in Grover Dale's Houdini, and with the James Waring Dance Company she appeared at Judson Memorial Church. Lisa Kirchner was Judy Collins' featured soloist at Carnegie Hall and sang harmony vocals with Collins. Lisa Kirchner's solo vocal albums, One More Rhyme (2000), When Lights Are Low ( 2002), In the Shadow of a Crow (2009) and Something to Sing About (2011) on Albany Records have garnered critical and professional praise (delete period) noting her intuitive musicality, eloquent phrasing, and a unique and beautiful sound. Lisa has consistently sought out the creative and improvisational gift of outstanding performers with whom she collaborates to interpret her eclectic repertoire.
Lisa Kirchner has additionally produced four albums on Albany Records, featuring the music of her father, renowned composer, Leon Kirchner: Leon Kirchner Piano Works (2006), Leon Kirchner Complete String Quartets/The Orion String Quartet (2008) , Concert: Leon Kirchner Chamber Works, (2009) and Leon Kirchner Orchestral Works (2011)
Lisa Kirchner shares her artistry in song and songwriting, as she performs an eclectic brew of crossover classics in several languages, presenting original music and lyrics in a diverse and expressive album. Kirchner is a remarkably versatile singer, with a beautiful sound, and eloquent phrasing. Here she takes the listener on an international voyage across musical genres in collaboration with seasoned and imaginative players. 'Charleston For You' on Verdant World Records.
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