CD and Other Review

Review: Songs of the Latin Skies (Katie Noonan, Karin Schaupp)

The intuitive relationship that vocalist Katie Noonan and classical guitarist Karin Schaupp have developed together makes for some gorgeous music-making in their latest recording Songs of the Latin Skies. Katie Noonan and Karin Schaupp. Photo: supplied It’s their third release together, following the success of their 2012 ARIA nominated album Songs of the Southern Skiesand their 2011 eight-track EP Songs from the British Isles. Songs of the Latin Skiesfeatures 13 tracks, which pay homage to the great South American songbook of bossa nova, samba, salsa and tango by composers such as Heitor Villa-Lobos, Astor Piazzolla, Luis Bonfá, Antonio Lauro and Antônio Carlos Jobim among others. The duo bring a fresh, distinctive, original take to the repertoire, with Noonan’s exquisite vocals soaring delicately over Schaupp’s virtuosic, equally expressive playing, as they caress the melodies to create a meltingly laid-back album with a spare, minimal beauty that would soothe the most furrowed brow. The first track Segurancamakes for a stunning opening, with some double-tracking of Noonan’s voice creating lovely rich harmonies and showcasing her renowned vocal range from a warm bottom register to a dazzling, ethereal top. Classic bossa nova numbers Desafinadoand…Continue reading Get unlimited digital access from $3 per month Subscribe…

February 15, 2017
CD and Other Review

Review: With Love and Fury (Katie Noonan, Brodsky Quartet)

Song is a powerful tool for relating human experience, regardless of the genre. With Love and Fury is a new selection of Australian songs, conceived by popular songstress Katie Noonan, which brings together a most eclectic bunch of musical minds: a ‘jazz’ singer-songwriter, a ‘classical’ string quartet and a diverse catalogue of Australian composers. All the artists involved are friends of creative crossover, and here they’re all engaged in reinterpreting the work of the great Australian poet, environmentalist and Aboriginal rights campaigner, Judith Wright. With Love and Fury is a voyage in poetry and music – and a gorgeous one at that. It’s hard not to be bewitched by Katie Noonan’s singing. Her lyrical, pure voice soars across the album with a pristine perfection, and is reason enough to buy the CD. The London-based Brodsky Quartet is also a solid presence throughout, serving as more than mere accompaniment to the vocal line. The quartet’s approach to tone colour is a particularly attractive feature of the disc, and serves to evoke the atmosphere created by each composer. Paul Grabowsky is a long-time collaborator with Noonan, and sets his beautiful vocal melodies amongst a sea of curious string effects. A number of…

August 12, 2016