Belgium is not only the origin of delicious chocolate, but also of the charismatic singer and pianist Caroll Vanwelden. With her unique Jazz 'N' Arts debut with the "Shakespeare Sonnets", she majestically conquers new territory supported by her congenial musicians
Thomas Siffling (trumpet, flgh),
Markus Faller (drums, perc) and
Mini Schulz (double bass). She combines Shakespeare´s sonnets with her own compositions to a ground breakingly fresh and emotional jazzy sound. The amazing intensity of the composition elevate Shakespeare´s words to a new dimension. Caroll Vanwelden´s voice transmits accuracy and comfort with an astonishing gift to create the appropriate ambiance. The artist presents each of the selected sonnets in an exceptional setting: at times forceful, intense, driven, at times, relaxed, mellow, smooth, then again vibrant and vigorous or cheerful and even sly. The golden thread of the album called
"Caroll Vanwelden Sings Shakespeare Sonnets" is the well-balanced arrangement of all sixteen sonnets. Caroll Vanwelden, a graduate of the famous London Guildhall School of Music and Drama - with illustrious graduates such as Orlando Bloom, Daniel Graig and Dave Holland - is accompanied by a great band with the skill to play music that combines unparalleled transparency with plasticity. With this album she propels the great Shakespeare unexpectedly into the world of big jazz librettist and interprets his lyrics into contemporary music in wonderful arrangements.