Lauren Kinsella is a vocalist and composer based in London. She performs extensively throughout the UK, Ireland and more recently in Europe as a soloist, a bandleader, and within collectives and new music / interdisciplinary projects. Kinsella has won several awards including The Young Musicwide Award (2010 – 2013), The Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize (2013) and The Gershon Ellenbogen/Maccabaen Award (2013). This year she is a Town Hall & Symphony Hall Jazzlines Fellow 2014 – 2015 supported by Jerwood Charitable foundation alongside Chris Mapp and Yazz Ahmed. Kinsella is also a Take Five artist for 2014 – 2015 supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation and PRS for Music Foundation, delivered by international music producers Serious. Born in Dublin, she spent time studying in Ireland, Switzerland and Sweden before attending The Royal Academy in London to complete a Masters degree in Jazz where she currently resides.
Known to collaborate with a variety of musicians, visual artists, dancers and actors, her present projects involve performing and composing with groups including: Blue-Eyed Hawk, Snowpoet, Alphabets with Hannah Marshall and Nick Malcolm and her own Lauren Kinsella quintet. She also performs in a duo with drummer Alex Huber, in a trio with pianist Liam Noble & trumpeter Chris Batchelor, with Laura Jurd’s Human Spirit, in a duo with Loop pianist Dan Nicholls, with the Chaos Orchestra and with Julien Pontvianne’s Abhra.
Kinsella has released critically acclaimed albums on Edition Records, WideEarRecords and Diatribe with Blue-Eyed Hawk’s Under the Moon, Thought-Fox’s My Guess and Huber / Kinsella All this Talk About. She is the featured vocalist on the Chaos Orchestra’s debut album Island Mentality. Upcoming releases featuring Kinsella include the SnowPoet EP, a second album release with Alex Huber and guitartist Sascha Henkel on Wideearecords and Laura Jurd’s Human Spirit due for release in early 2015.
Hailed as ‘the powerful freewheeling Lauren Kinsella’ (John Fordham, The Guardian), her performances, albums and collaborations have been reviewed extensively in the USA, Germany, the UK, France, Norway, Switzerland and Ireland and her work is regularly broadcasted on BBC Radio 3, Jazz FM, RTE Lyric FM, BBC Radio Scotland and Resonance FM.
Interested in cross arts practise, Kinsella has performed as a vocal soloist including a performance at Jazz in The Round (The Cockpit theatre) presented by BBC Radio 3’s Jez Nelson. She also performs with Monster Music Improv, an interdisciplinary music and visual theatre show presented by The Ark and Improvised Music Company for children aged 5+. In 2015 she will perform and tour ‘The Last Siren’; an experimental, semi improvised monodrama written by the acclaimed contemporary composer Ian Wilson. Kinsella has participated on several music and cross-disciplinary residencies at The Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Ireland with Thought-Fox, The Dock Arts Centre, Ireland with Kate Wilson’s Hereinafter, at the Detours de Babel Festival, Grenoble with Julien Pontvianne’s Abhra, The Ark Cultural Centre, Ireland with Monster Music Improv and at Mlecernia, Wroclaw, Poland with Melting Pot 1, the multi genre creative lab.
She is a senior lecturer on the Leeds Conservatoire’s Undergraduate Programme teaching jazz voice, contemporary improvisation and creative projects. She also teaches advanced jazz singing evening courses at Leeds College of Music.
Lauren is passionate about uniting the voice within instrumental sound and blending extended vocal technique and poetry in both improvised and composed settings – which, for her, are closely linked. At the core of her work lies a deep interest in communication and the development of improvised music within new physical and stylistic territories.
She kindly acknowledges the continued support from PRS for Music Foundation, Jazz Services LTD, Arts Council England, Improvised Music Company, Music Network and Culture Ireland.