Monika Ryan

Singer Songwriter

 

[PRESS RELEASE]

AMERICAN JAZZ ARTIST MAKING DEBUT IN IRELAND–BELFAST AND DUBLIN

 

May 2, 2016 (Chicago, IL) -- Monika Ryan will make her debut performances in Ireland later this month, with shows in both Belfast and Dublin. Monika will be singing at Bert's Jazz Bar in Belfast on May 27th and JJ Smyth's in Dublin on June 2 with Dublin's own, David Whyte on guitar, Myles Drennan on piano, Dave Redmond on bass, and Kevin Brady on drums. Monika will perform a melange of original material and classic jazz favorites.

 

Following these dates, Monika will continue her Irish connection by recording with Dublin native, David O'Rourke, in Chicago. 

 

All of Ms. Ryan's music can be heard on her website, http://monikaryan.com 

 

About The Artist: Jazz vocalist Monika Ryan, started singing professionally at the age of 15, graduated from the world renowned New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in Manhattan, and studied with Jackie Paris, Sheila Jordan, Buster Williams, Reggie Workman, Chico Hamilton, Charli Persip, Junior Mance, Arnie Lawrence, and many other jazz luminaries. 

 

Monika sang with Charli Persip’s big band, “Precipitation,” and other greats, such as Al Grey, Gene Bertoncini, and Larry Ham. At 22 Monika was hired by Carnegie Hall to perform for 2 seasons of its “Neighborhood Concert Series.” During that time she recorded in Carnegie Hall’s studio with legendary guitar player Gene Bertoncini and Carnegie Hall studio engineer, Leszek Wojcik. 

 

In 2000, she produced her first solo recording of all original material, “Love”. The album met with critical acclaim and brought her to the Montreal Jazz Festival. She followed up with her second album, “Duo,” and then toured Japan twice as part of The Big Apple In Nonoichi Jazz Festival--first with Jon Faddis, David Hazeltine, Satoshi Inoue, Akira Tana and Kiyoshi Kitagawa, and then returned with James Williams, John Lockwood, Bill Pierce, Satoshi Inoue, and Tony Reedus. In 2014, Monika released her third recording, “Involution." An eclectic and original collection of songs across a variety of genres, "Involution" is a meditation on the cycle of expansion and contraction in all things. 

 

Earlier in 2016, Monika completed a largely improvised jazz album, titled "Sketches." Her latest recording, "Fly,” was just released—a modern pop/jazz concept piece that aims to take listeners on an intelligent journey, while remaining fun and accessible listening. 

 

Monika will spend the balance of 2016 both recording and touring, with three more recordings scheduled, and shows in Hong Kong, Chicago, New York, Belfast, and Dublin.

 

For further information, contact Monika Ryan by email at info@monikaryan.com.

 

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Monika Ryan's Bio

Jazz vocalist Monika Ryan, started singing professionally at the age of 15 and had management by 16, working around New York City and under mentorship of musicians like Houston Person. With his recommendation, she applied and entered the world renowned New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in Manhattan, where she further honed her craft studying with Jackie Paris, Sheila Jordan, Buster Williams, Reggie Workman, Chico Hamilton, Charli Persip, Junior Mance, Arnie Lawrence, and many other jazz luminaries. 

At 18 years old Monika started singing with Charli Persip’s big band, “Precipitation,” and working at nightclubs and concert halls around New York. Through these concerts, she met and started working at premier clubs and venues in New York City with other greats, such as Al Grey, Gene Bertoncini, and Larry Ham. At 23 Monika was hired by Carnegie Hall to perform for 2 seasons of its “Neighborhood Concert Series.” During that time she recorded in Carnegie Hall’s studio with legendary guitar player Gene Bertoncini and Carnegie Hall studio engineer, Leszek Wojcik. 

In 2000, she produced her first solo recording of all original material, “Love”. The album met with critical acclaim and brought her to the Montreal Jazz Festival. A year later, she followed up with her second album, “Duo,” a collection of standards and original material with guitarist Satoshi Inoue, and then toured Japan with Jon Faddis, David Hazeltine, Satoshi Inoue, Akira Tana and Kiyoshi Kitagawa as part of The Big Apple In Nonoichi Jazz Festival. A year she later, returned to Japan to tour with James Williams, John Lockwood, Bill Pierce, Satoshi Inoue, and Tony Reedus. In 2014, Monika released her third recording, “Involution." An eclectic and original collection of songs across a variety of genres, "Involution" is a meditation on the cycle of expansion and contraction in all things. 

Earlier in 2016, Monika completed a largely improvised jazz album with pianist Chris White, titled "Sketches." Her latest recording, "Fly,” was just released this month—a modern pop/jazz concept piece that aims to take listeners on an intelligent journey, while remaining fun and accessible listening. 

Monika will spend the balance of 2016 both recording and touring, with three more recordings scheduled, and shows in Hong Kong, Chicago, New York, Belfast, and Dublin. Stay tuned!

 Just before a show at The Uptown Underground 2016

Just before a show at The Uptown Underground 2016

 Monika Ryan 2016

Monika Ryan 2016

 Monika Ryan 2016   

Monika Ryan 2016

 

 Monika Ryan 2016                                                                    makeup credit: Lillian Toma

Monika Ryan 2016                                                                    makeup credit: Lillian Toma

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Big Apple In Nonoichi Jazz Festival Poster 2001

 With Jon Faddis, David Hazeltine, Satoshi Inoue, Kiyoshi Kitagawa and Akira Tana

With Jon Faddis, David Hazeltine, Satoshi Inoue, Kiyoshi Kitagawa and Akira Tana

Big Apple In Nonoichi Jazz Festival Poster 2002

 With James Williams, Bill Pierce, Tony Reedus, John Lockwood and Satoshi Inoue

With James Williams, Bill Pierce, Tony Reedus, John Lockwood and Satoshi Inoue

 Touring Japan 2001 with Satoshi Inoue, Kiyoshi Kitagawa and Akira Tana

Touring Japan 2001 with Satoshi Inoue, Kiyoshi Kitagawa and Akira Tana

 Montreal Jazz Festival in 2001

Montreal Jazz Festival in 2001

 http://www.montrealjazzfest.com/program/concert.aspx?id=3675

http://www.montrealjazzfest.com/program/concert.aspx?id=3675

SOME REVIEWS:

LA Times 
Jazzy Vocals From Across the Musical Spectrum (Excerpt from LA Times) 
By DON HECKMAN 

"Definitions of jazz singing are so hard to come by that it sometimes can be fun to forget about preconceived guidelines and just check out what, so to speak, is in the grooves (or, more digitally, the bits and bytes). And sifting through some current releases affords an interesting view of how effectively jazz elements, in varying degrees and quantities, play significant roles in a surprisingly wide array of music. Monika Brand... And, yes, the name is unfamiliar. At 25, working mostly around New York City, Brand is virtually unknown. But her first album, Love (***, on her own label, available solely from http://www.monikabrand.com) is the work of a talented, potentially important young artist. Like Jane Monheit, she has a surprisingly mature understanding of the elements of jazz; unlike Monheit, she has not been the beneficiary of a major marketing campaign. Perhaps even more importantly, Brand has composed all her material, and most of it is both impressive and memorable. Her voice, with its slight buzz, has the unique sound one hopes for in a jazz singer, and Brand hums and scats with a firm understanding of the harmonic flow of the music. As with any maiden outing, the album has its ups and downs, but the pluses far outweigh the few missteps, and the entire project radiates with the presence of a talent with a major future." 

Freelance Writer, Don Heckman, Writes About Jazz for The Times 

Jazz Life Magazine 
Review: Monika Brand, Love 
Publication: JazzLife Magazine (Japan) 
Issue: December 2000 Section: Disc Review Page: 121 

"Monika Brand is a young emerging female jazz vocalist who is beginning to get attention in New York. After graduating from The New School University, she has been active in New York´s jazz scene. Currently she has a regular duo gig with one of her teachers, guitarist, Satoshi Inoue. Love, her debut CD, consists of all original material, which is a daring and wild move that demonstrates her talent as a songwriter. Her CD consists of lots of little love stories, which are like scenes from movies. Her singing style is urban and contemporary which is fresh, at the same time it pays homage to traditional jazz vocals and reflects the Standard Jazz Repertoire." 

Next Magazine 
January 5th, 2001 
Volume 8 Issue 26 Page 26

"When young and gifted jazz vocalist Holly Cole switched her stylistic focus to pop music a few years ago, a gap opened and was quickly filled by Diana Krall. Ms. Krall had better watch her back with the arrival of young Monika Brand, especially since Ms. Brand wrote all the material on her disc. Her way with traditional, yet contemporary, phrasing (which was at times reminiscent of Janis Siegel of Manhattan Transfer), proves her to be a natural for jazz. Ms. Brand has composed a cool set of songs with the potential to become standards. The snappy Greed, Self-Worship, and Love, the retro Knock Knock, and jazz ballads such as Little Flower and Hold Me Tonight, could easily become fixtures on the jazz circuit. The Latin-tinged sounds of All The Sudden, Sweet Summer Nights, and Wild Dreams (on which she does a bit of scatting worthy of Yoko Ono) show her versatility, while Brand sounds sincerely grateful on the song Thank You, in which she tests her pop chops with good results." 

PROFESSIONALS

"A wonderful singer whose music will help keep the flame of jazz alive" 
- Sheila Jordan (vocal jazz diva) 

"The sort of voice that must´ve inspired Verlaine´s deepest apercus, and probably what Nietzsche was missing in his life." 
- Peter Relic (journalist) 

"I wouldn´t advise pouring a martini, however, without a copy of Monika Brand´s new CD, Love, These are really catchy, sophisticated songs, all original material from the pen of the singer herself." 
- Jenny Undercofler (Journalist for The New Music Box)  

FANS

"I hope you continue to thrive with your great talents in this new year. Your voice is like a siren or muse to me.Keeps healing my wounds and soothes the soul. Thanks for sharing your talented voice!" 
- Masachusettes Fan 

"I purchased your CD a couple [of] months ago..... I started listening to it immediately.... But before the first song was over, I got a phone call that someone wanted to look at my house that I was selling. So I left the house--but left your CD playing, and it must have worked because I (finally) sold my house!.... I do enjoy your music very much, and I will be sharing LOVE with some other jazz-friends of mine on New Year´s (or New Millenium) day." 
- Colorado Fan

 2001 Montreal Jazz Festival

2001 Montreal Jazz Festival

 Touring Japan 2001 with Akira Tana

Touring Japan 2001 with Akira Tana

 1994 Concert Poster

1994 Concert Poster

 1991 Promotional Photo

1991 Promotional Photo

 Early/Mid 1990's concert listings for shows at Smalls, Deanna's and Birdland

Early/Mid 1990's concert listings for shows at Smalls, Deanna's and Birdland

 Monika Performs In Carnegie Hall's Neighborhood Concert Series in 1999

Monika Performs In Carnegie Hall's Neighborhood Concert Series in 1999

 Press Photo 2002

Press Photo 2002

 Monika in 1993

Monika in 1993

 Alphabet Lounge Flyer 2002

Alphabet Lounge Flyer 2002

 Elbow Room Flyer 2002

Elbow Room Flyer 2002

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