THE SINGING POET
Winner of Gilles Peterson’s 2017 Worldwide FM Lifetime Achievement Award
One of the most powerful vocalists today, 2013 Jazz FM UK Vocalist of the Year, Carleen Anderson, has been a favorite of audiences and fellow artists alike for over two decades.
Her latest project, CAGE STREET MEMORIAL (CSM) is a hybrid theatre art form categorised as a Tribal Opera, written and performed by Carleen Anderson. A 21st century telling of the ages.
This third section of a trilogy series which follows a book and an album (the album was listed by Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide FM as one of the Top 10 Albums of 2016), is a gritty, humorous narrative conveyed through poetry and songs chronicling over a century of family heritage, multi-culturalism and the celebration of perseverance against the odds, with a mixture of music stylings enhanced by a backdrop of digital media theatre.
As Anderson sings solo, delivers spoken word, plays piano and uses a vocal harmoniser at her concerts, she is accompanied by a quartet led by Orphy Robinson on Vibraphone, with Renell Shaw on Electric Bass, Samy Bishai on Violin and Crispin Robinson on Percussion.
Click here for more information on Cage Street Memorial or watch Carleen’s Jazz FM interview below.
“Carleen Anderson walked on to thunderous applause at Camden’s Jazz Cafe,a huge grin stretching right across her face and rightly so it was a rare moment to catch this captivating artist and a chance to hear live her new album ‘Cage Street Memorial’. After adjusting to the intimacy of the event the noisy audience settled down because when she sings it demands your devoted attention.Her voice is ageless: she can still reach those high head notes of her youth and is clearly still on top of her game with her famous powers undiminished.”
– Blues and Soul Read full review here
“The seventh solo record from Mercury-nominated singer Carleen Anderson is her best and bravest yet, a deeply poetic take on belonging and exile that pulses with ideas and life…An album by an artist at the height of her creative powers.”
-Evening Standard Read full review here