Sue Rynhart: Crossings (Songs for Voice & Double Bass)
Cormac Larkin, The Irish Times
Dublin vocalist Sue Rynhart is an explorer in the flexible spaces opening up between what used to be called jazz and classical music. Her charmingly quirky songs are warm and unexpectedly frank, free from either musical or lyrical cliche, each one a beautifully formed musical statement – and each as different as the last. But what is boldest and most impressive about this fresh-as-a-daisy debut are the arrangements: Rynhart creditably places her precise, delicate voice in the starkest, most revealing of settings, the low thud and rumble of Dan Bodwell’s double bass. Bodwell, an American based in Dublin, is another musician with a foot planted in both musical camps, and his thoughtful, uncluttered accompaniments provide a startling contrast to Rynhart’s sweet and edgy vocals.
“An excellent Irish album from a rare talent.” – John Kelly, RTÉ
“Full of striking songs and vivid ideas” – Jim Carroll, The Irish Times
“Rynhart's excellent debut release” ****- Cormac Larkin, The Irish Times
“Music unclassifiable really, perhaps coming out of the jazz tradition with nods to improv and the experimental” – Bernard Clarke, Nova, RTÉ lyric fm
“In a Dublin music scene that currently boasts a wealth of innovators, Sue Rynhart's wonderful debut positions her as one of the most original and talented of new voices. A name to watch out for” 4.5 Stars/5 Ian Patterson, All About Jazz
Sue's critically acclaimed debut album crossings was nominated Best Jazz Album in the Irish Times Ticket Awards 2014
“Brilliant young singer from Dublin, Sue Rynhart” – Bernard Clarke, RTÉ Lyric fm
“Rynhart's excellent debut release” **** – Cormac Larkin, Irish Times
“Sue Rynhart's wonderful debut positions her as one of the most original and talented of new voices. A name to watch out for” 4.5 Stars/5 – Ian Patterson, allaboutjazz.com
Vocalist and composer Sue Rynhart BA (Mus) MA Mus (Hist) ARIAM is a lecturer at the Newpark Music Centre on the Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Performance Degree Course. Sue's debut album 'Crossings' (Songs for Voice & Double Bass) with Dan Bodwell, an American based in Dublin, has reached international critical acclaim from RTÉ Lyric fm, The Irish Times, the respected American website allaboutjazz.com, The Independent and The Sunday Times UK. It was listed as '10 top Irish acts you should be listening to' in the Irish Post UK and was nominated 'Best Jazz Album' in the Irish Times Ticket Awards 2014. In performing with Dylan Rynhart's Fuzzy Logic Ensemble, she has sung with international Jazz artists, Rick Peckham, Tom Arthurs and Florian Ross. She has premiered works by many of the Composers from the Irish Composers Collective & the Contemporary Music Centre and and has performed on BBC Radio with the Choir of Christchurch Cathedral Dublin. She has been featured extensively on Róisín Ingle's Irish Times podcast 'Róisín meets' and on Bernard Clarke's award winning radio programme 'Nova' on RTÉ Lyric fm. She will be performing at the Jazzycolors Festival in Paris in November 2015 and has performed the music from her album at prestigious festivals such as Electric Picnic, Bray Jazz Festival, Waterford New Music Week and in the Main auditorium in the National Concert Hall Dublin for the Perspectives Jazz festival as a support act for ECM Trumpeter Tomasz Stanko.
“An excellent Irish album from a rare talent.” - John Kelly, RTÉ