BY JAMES BLAKE
Jazz singer Sara Gazarek performs an acapella rendition of James Blake’s ‘Retrograde’ in a reverberant echo chamber in this AEA Session. Sara thumps her fists on the walls to create resounding thuds while her swooning vocals levitate above, captured in an R84 running through the plate behind. The plate is then run back into the room through a speaker and captured in an R88 creating a continuous feedback loop of reverb, all powered with TRP2 preamps.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Championed by some of music’s most celebrated figures, Sara Gazarek has emerged as a strikingly original artist with limitless potential. With four highly acclaimed CD’s under her belt at the young age of 34, Sara has been hailed by the LA Times as “the next important jazz singer,” and “impeccable,” by the Winnipeg Free Press, Sara continues to seamlessly combine the intimacy of singer/songwriter stylings with the musical and improvisational elements of jazz. Blessed with a gorgeous, translucent voice, excellent pitch, and supple sense of time, Gazarek is steeped in the jazz tradition but is not afraid to embrace the music that moves her generation.
Her newest album, Dream in the Blue (2016, Steel Bird Music) was released to rave reviews, as Dan Bilawsky of All About Jazz has noted “…one of the best modern-day piano-voice matches in action.” Sara is currently on faculty at the University of Southern California, leading the award-winning vocal jazz ensemble there and teaching privately.