Five consecutive wins of Gibson’s Female Jazz Guitarist of the Year might
make anyone hunker down and focus on going ‘six for six’. But Leni Stern
has always defied expectations, and her diverse, 20-year career in music
is a textbook example of growth under a self-imposed fire. From the expert
instrumentalist, a singer-songwriter emerged, with observations to share
from her travels throughout the world. Stern adds: “Why deny the impulse
to put words to these experiences? I couldn’t think of a reason.”
Born in Munich, Germany, Leni started playing piano at the age of six and
guitar at eleven. At seventeen, she formed her own acting company, and her
radical productions sold out houses across Europe. In 1977, she turned her
attention to music and left for the United States to study film scoring at
the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Scoring gave way to her love for
guitar and in 1981, Leni moved to New York to play in a variety of rock
and jazz bands. In 1983, she formed a group of her own with Paul Motion on
drums and Bill Frisell on guitar. As a recording artist, she originally
made a name for herself in jazz circles (her first nine albums were
instrumental,) then crossed her talents over into the singer-songwriter
realm, garnering consistent praise in the process.
Critics have said her music incorporates “intelligent lyrics and
beautifully drawn vignettes” (Washington Post),
“crystalline, jazz-meets-blues guitar lines” (Guitar Player),
“thoughtful structure, evocative moods, attention to groove” (San
Francisco Bay Guardian).
A “Fleet and Lyrical guitarist”, (The New Yorker). “A
Gifted Singer-Songwriter with a Wide-Ranging Sensibility and Sophisticated
Guitar and Harmonic Chops” (The Boston Globe).
October 29, 2011
Arrive: 7:30 pm
Show Time: 8:00 pm
Ticket Held at Door
Full Address and Directions will be emailed to you.
Songs on the Leni Stern - Sabani CD Still BleedingLeni
Stern3:43 SorcererLeni Stern5:16
The Cat Stole the Moon (Djakouma...Leni Stern2:16 Like A ThiefLeni Stern4:44
Was Born (Ibe Keneya)Leni Stern3:34
An SabaLeni Stern5:38
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