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Lisa Kirchner

BIO:

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)


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PRESS:

Lisa Kirchner's songs in Umbrellas In Mint are pure poetry...There are singersongwriters aplenty, good ones and some not so good. Lisa Kirchner isn't good. Lisa Kirchner is great. The woman is a poet. Her lyrics demand attention, and the fact that she sets them in a variety of elegant melodies puts her in the same class with the best of the singer/poets. And besides that, she can sing. Her voice has the kind of classic purity that does full justice to her remarkable lyrics…This is a unique voice… - Jack Goodstein/BCMusic Premium

Lisa Kirchner is a singer/songwriter of refinement and beauty. Her original songs derive from a life of music and experience; one senses the depth of her work while being struck by its lightness. Lisa's treatment of the classic songs of yesterday gives these songs new life while her performing style transports her fellow musicians and the listener to a keener understanding of their lyrics and harmonic subtleties. - Fred Sherry/ Cellist/ Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society

Lisa Kirchner is that rare phenomenon of the consummate performer whose artistry is world-class. Unforgettable is her unique sound and the manner of her musical presentation. Like a magnet, she draws the listener into the complete compass of what it means to be a human being from our most earthy elements to the sublime. Her voice says it all as she uses her extraordinary gifts in the service of the music she is singing. Listening to Lisa Kirchner is an experience not to be missed. - Luise Vosgerchian, Harvard University

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