Sunday January 7, 2018
525 Kumquat Court, Sarasota, FL
$15 adv/$20 day of show
Monday January 8, 2018
Boca Grand Community Center
5pm & 8pm – Both concerts SOLD OUT
The first thing you notice is that voice: gorgeous, graceful, and somehow earthy and ethereal at once. It is an instrument perfectly matched to the songwriting talents of the artist who channels it — Halie Loren. Her music conveys the wonders of the invisible world: wounded defiance, stubborn love, hard-earned hopefulness.
Fed by the hyperborean beauty of her childhood Alaska home, Loren’s gift for discovering the playfulness, pizzazz, and sensuality inherent in a lyric appeared early on. But it was her talent for turning those feelings into genre-defying original compositions — songs at once universal and deeply personal — that captured wider attention.
With purity of tone and rare interpretive prowess, she brings a fresh and original perspective to time-honored musical paths, channeling her innate understanding of connectedness across musical boundaries to forge bonds with diverse audiences in North America, Asia, and Europe.
Her newest release, Butterfly Blue, was released in Japan on January 21, 2015, and globally on June 9th. It debuted at #1 on Japan’s Billboard Jazz chart and placed in chart’s top 10 list for 8 weeks. The album ventures into some new recording territory for Loren, exploring her musical roots in not only jazz, but also in soul, blues, folk, and pop. Through a soundtrack that includes guitars, piano, organ, double-bass, horns (both in horn sections and solo brass and wind instrument features), cellos, and layered vocals, she and her band create a diverse and rich musical array of original songs (by Loren as well as songwriter Daniel Gallo), unique reads on standards, and little-known covers that have been long-treasured pieces of her repertoire. This collection shows a deeper, more nuanced side of Halie Loren’s maturing artistry, featuring strength and vulnerability in equal measures.
Halie toured internationally in support of Butterfly Blue throughout 2015, starting with her biggest Japan tour to-date with 13 packed shows, the U.S., Canada, South Korea, and Europe.
“Loren mixes and matches popular songs from a variety of sources and eras, throws in a few originals for good measure, and lets her warm and seductive voice work its magic on all of them … Loren has something to say and her voice is as attractive and intoxicating as anything.”
– All About Jazz / Dan Bilawsky