ZRAZY “LIVING OUR LIVES”
NEW ‘LIVE’ CD
Irish Release Date: May 2nd 2003
After a four year recording gap, Zrazy release the first of two albums this year. The first is a live album recorded last October in Columbus, Ohio. Entitled Living Our Lives (due inspiration to Grace Jones), it’s an album that captures the magic of a Zrazy live performance.
Living our Lives captures what Zrazy are about: the fantastic wide scope of their music that observes no barriers. The jazz world, the dance world, the pop world. The quality of the songwriting and the lyrics. The musicianship of Carole Nelson on sax and piano. The voice of Maria Walsh suffused with emotion and primal force. The charisma of the live performance. The producers in their own studio releasing on their own label ALFI.
Some of the fans favourites are here and five new tracks.
The music takes the listener on a journey from the opening calm simplicity
of “Amen” to the essential – listening anti-war techno
track of “Make The Connection”, to the goofy humour of “Suburban
Girl” and “Going Up”.
Living our Lives - it’s all here – Maria’s luscious voice and powerful bodhran playing; Carole’s lyrical piano, sweet sax and wild improvising tin whistle. Zrazy fans will be delighted to hear more of Zrazy’s trad influence on this album too.
Living Our Lives
is an emotional, spiritual, political and sexy ride into the Zrazy world.
Zrazy are an Irish phenomenon according to German magazine Melodiva. Featuring the combined talents of Maria Walsh (vocals, bodhrán, programming) and Carole Nelson (saxophones, tin whistle, piano and programming), Zrazy’s extraordinary span of music puts them among the forefront of contemporary Irish music. Their first two CDs, Give it All Up and Come Out Everybody were pure pop/dance delights, integrating celtic lyricism, poetic sensibility and traditional instruments with funky loops and techno grooves.
In 1999 Carole and Maria returned to their first love - jazz. Their third album Private Wars, recorded in Ireland with the Zrazy Quintet and released on their own ALFI label, is a stunning collection of eleven original jazz songs and two great standards. The title song Private Wars and I Just like to Drink Alone are just two of the songs destined to become classics of the jazz singers’ repertoire. The Irish critics are unanimous: “This may be the single most sensuous, moody, set of love songs released by any Irish act this year.” (Joe Jackson, Irish Times)
Since forming in 1992 Zrazy have toured extensively in Europe and North America, proving that they are not only formidable studio musicians and producers, but also powerful and charismatic live performers. Maria Walsh has a voice that was described by the doyen of Irish music critics, the late Bill Graham as “oozing with hurt and experience, not asking but demanding that you watch and listen.” Carole Nelson is one of the most gifted musicians to emerge from Ireland. Her talent as a songwriter, composer, pianist and saxophonist is remarkable.
March 2000, New York, Zrazy won the USA GLAMA Award for Best Jazz pipping Fred Hersch.
“I love the intensity and purity of the songs. I like the conception and the execution. I love the whole damn thing." Jeffrey Weber - Grammy award winning jazz Record Producer,USA. (see full press quotes)
In 2002 Private Wars was among the winners of the USA Billboard Song competition – jazz category.
In August 2002 Morada Music released Private Wars in the USA receiving significant airplay on jazz and eclectic/college radio and NPR with heavy rotation on satellite DMX.
Maria Walsh: A native of Tipperary, Maria co-founded Ireland’s
first all-female jazz group,
Carole Nelson: A Londoner, Carole moved to Dublin in 1985.
She has written and performed
have sat in with Patricia Barber (Blue Note) on her set in Chicago’s
Green Mills Club; Mimi Fox, the jazz guitarist who recently played the
’02 Cork Jazz Festival has joined Zrazy on several numbers from
San Francisco to Michigan. And Carole and Maria formed a quintet with
the Daugherty McPartland Trio for gigs in the mid-west USA.
The next studio jazz
album still untitled and due to be mixed between Dublin, Belfast and Nashville
was recorded in January in Belfast. Another collection of original jazz
material aided with funding by the Arts Council, it leads on from the
mellow mood of Private Wars to a more outward, upbeat, joyous sound. It
is an ongoing process in the maturing and development of artistic expression
with the Quintet. Due to be released late summer on their own ALFI label.
Tel: +353-1- 230-2871 PO Box 103, Blackrock, Co.Dublin, Ireland
PRESS QUOTES FOR “PRIVATE WARS”
"I found Private Wars by Zrazy to be thoroughly captivating. An incredible
compositional sensitivity is married to unique, thoughtful lyrics. Maria
Walsh has a wonderfully intimate vocal style, and her evocative delivery
adds an elevated dimension to the already excellent material. Carole Nelson,
the other half of Zrazy not only wrote most of the songs, but also plays
some simply amazingly emotional saxophone (alto and soprano). If it sounds
like I'm gushing a bit, I am. I love the intensity and purity of the songs.
I like the conception and the execution. I love the whole damn thing."
Two Way Radio, Los Angeles
FROM CONCERT REVIEWS
1994 Give it All Up:
on Velo Records. Produced by Zrazy. Featured the single I’m in Love
1992 Gold disc for
Irish #1 Hit single Ooh Ah Paul McGrath.
Pop Videos: I'm In
Love With Mother Nature; Laughing So Hard; When U Cry; Confession
MAJOR FESTIVALS AND VENUES PLAYED (Partial List)
‘Wie es ihr
Gefelt’ International Music Festival (Berlin, Zurich, Vienna )
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