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Sara Mitra - April Songs - out on Impossible Ark



Sara Mitra April Songs
Sara Mitra - April Songs
(CD/Digital - Limited LP coming soon) Impossible Ark/Unfold UNFOLDCD013, 2010-11-01

Sara Mitra releases her debut album on November 1st 2010 through indie label Impossible Ark, via Unfold Recordings. The record, April Song is a collection of folk and jazz tales that explore the tensions of living in Britain from a young woman's perspective. Written across the last decade, the semi-autobiographical songs are her reflection on life and the people she's encountered along the way. The record carves Sara Mitra out as an important new voice in the musical landscape. Mitra is joined on the album by some of the most talked about names from the current crop of young jazz musicians. They include her husband and co-arranger for the album Tim Giles (drums), Riaan Vosloo (bass & co-arranger), James Allsopp (sax, bass clarinet), Philip Hochstrate (piano, organ), Fulvio Sigurta (trumpet, flugelhorn) and Ross Stanley (Hammond organ).

Sara Mitra April Songs
Sara Mitra - April Songs
(CD/Digital - Limited LP coming soon) Impossible Ark/Unfold UNFOLDCD013, 2010-11-01

Tracklisting :
01. Jilted Woman Blues
02. April Song
03. Black Is The Colour
04. Far
05. The Choice
06. You Can't Build A Life On A Look
07. Let Me Love You
08. The Old Country
09. Sunday Morning
10. I Will Stay With You
11. Baby And Me

Links :
saramitra.com
myspace.com/saramitra
impossiblearkrecords.co.uk
myspace.com/impossiblearkrecords
impossiblearkrecords.co.uk
Buy it on etchshop.co.uk

Band Members :
Vocals - Sara Mitra
Saxophone - James Allsopp
Trumpet - Fulvio Sigurta
Keyboard - Ross Stanley
Bass - Riaan Vosloo
Drums - Tim Giles
with Ross Stanley (hammond organ) and Lucy Railton (cello).

Info from impossiblearkrecords.co.uk :
Here at impossible ark we are very excited to announce the arrival of a new lp by singer Sara Mitra. Sara is joined by partner Tim Giles, Riaan Vosloo, sara-photo-1Philip Hochstrate, James Allsopp & Fulvio Sigurta on this here first record.

The record consists of mainly original songs with the exception of a couple of covers and traditional settings all recorded in glorious black and white at the world famous Fish Market facility, Harlesden, England.

A suprisingly long journey this for us all here as we welcomed Sara's daughter to the world half way through our recordings. Nevertheless after the short hiatus she was invaluable hep as we put the finishing touches to vocals.

A beautiful CD designed by our own Jeb Loy Nichols has just arrived with us, finishing touches are being put to plans for a more limited vinyl run of the LP too by Ark friend and sympathiser Stephen Kenny at a two pipe problem.

More information coming soon with Audio etc.

Press Release :
Sara Mitra releases her debut album on November 1ST 2010 through indie label Impossible Ark. The record, April Song is a collection of folk and jazz tales that explore the tensions of living in Britain from a young woman's perspective. Written across the last decade, the semi-autobiographical songs are her reflection on life and the people she's encountered along the way. The record carves Sara Mitra out as an important new voice in the musical landscape.

Mitra is joined on the album by some of the most talked about names from the current crop of young jazz musicians. They include her husband and co-arranger for the album Tim Giles (drums), Riaan Vosloo (bass & co-arranger), James Allsopp (sax, bass clarinet), Philip Hochstrate (piano, organ), Fulvio Sigurta (trumpet, flugelhorn) and Ross Stanley (Hammond organ).

The record opens with 'Jilted Woman Blues', a smoky blues arrangement by Giles armed with a galumphing Mingus-esque groove. Mitra's sincere lyrics soar across title track 'April Song' bringing to mind the sound of classic Miles Davis. 'Black Is The Colour' is a mournful Irish folk song delivered with the power of the classic Coltrane quartet, it owes to the singer's love of 'sean nos' (an unaccompanied style of folk singing). 'The Choice' is crushing in its isolation and tenderness - a response to the sacrifice of a woman Mitra met who gave away her child, so he could be raised in her home country. 'You Can't Build A Life On A Look' is a cover of 60s NY cabaret scene singer Bobby Cole and lifts the mood with its uptempo waltz-esque phrases. The jazz standard 'The Old Country' switches between spooky and fairground whilst 'Sunday Morning' with its folksy entrance leads to a funkier groove while the lyrics unpick what remains the day after the night before. 'I Will Stay With You' sees Sara looking through the eyes of an older woman resigned to her lot, reflecting on her broken marriages. The track stands out for its sparse organ and exposed vocals. Then to close, "Baby And Me" a breezy ditty - a bit like sambaing down the Southwold promenade.

The influence of Sara's transition into motherhood is significant to the sound of the album in both her approach to her singing and physically in the way it affected her voice. Much of the recording took place when she was in the latter stages of pregnancy. Other tracks were recorded once the baby was born and very much present at recordings.

Says Sara: "Having the baby really changed my approach to singing. It took away a lot of the frills and made me sing more honestly, with less affectation. I think the best takes were probably the ones with the baby in my arms, keeping me grounded. I would often be nursing between the takes, and sometimes during. You can just about hear a very faint snuffling of the baby on some of the tunes."

Sara Mitra was born in suburban Essex in the 1980s to an Irish mother and an Indian father. Whilst it was a happy time, there was also a feeling that she didn't quite fit in. This sense of being an outsider made her into an observer, a stance that would later inform her song writing perspective. Growing up she was surrounded by music – Irish folk from her mother and the old soul and prog. records that would waft though the family home. She bloomed musically, going on to be a Cambridge choral scholar and studied North Indian music in Calcutta and folk music in the Caribbean. Jazz became part of the equation when she moved to London as she found an openness and acceptance as she took turns in the capital's jam nights. Over time the classical singing was put aside to be replaced with new solace found in the old blues and jazz singers like Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, Billie Holiday, Anita O'Day and Ella Fitzgerald.

Sara Mitra will launch the new record at the Vortex jazz club in London on 8th November. It will be an opportunity to catch this new talent in an intimate setting.
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