Baroque flower reborn in modern sun, acoustic to jazz, electrophonic one - a violin and voice duo recording.
“With the poise of an opera diva and an ability to scat like Ella Fitzgerald, New York-based singer Danielle Freeman possesses a voice that commands attention with beauty and control...” Mark Turner, All About Jazz
Argyle" is a voice and violin duet composed by Danielle Freeman. It features jazz violinist, Zach Brock, on baritone violin and Freeman on vocal. Inspired by Argyle Street in Chicago and the argyle pattern, this track is an illustration of two bold shapes, or musical voices, which structurally interconnect within a canvas of sound. Both voices have their own melody which exchange between being supportive and being presented. Midway, both voice and violin break convention, musically expressing their individual emotional abandon. The 3rd section represents going back to the previous structure; however, both voices having been affected and changed. Nonetheless, each voice still seeks to find balance with each other and inevitably fall silent.
Danielle Freeman’s music is neo-baroque, expansive in improvisation and jazz form. Freeman's quintet, Ladies and Gentlemen, is a unification of opera vocalization, syllabic improvisation, jazz harmony and experimental freedom. She has been described as a forward thinking vocalist of jazz influence.
She also leads and composes for an acoustic bass and voice duo. The duo is an intimate musical setting, allowing freedom for the voice and the bass to interchange harmony, bass figured line and melody. Improvisational risk, melodic exploration and performing as acoustically as possible breathe excitement and intensity into each live performance. Her debut EP, Dorian, primarily an acoustic bass and voice duo album was released in 2010.
Freeman has performed with the Lyric Opera of Chicago in their 2012 production of Showboat and their 2008 production of Porgy and Bess. In following a passion for contemporary opera, she has sung the role of “Jenny” in Robert Ward's opera, Claudia Legare, at Dicapo Opera Theatre (2005). She has performed the role of “The Frog” in Michael Webster’s, Hell-the Opera, produced by Beth Morrison Projects. As well, she has toured with Paragon Ragtime Orchestra for their 2005 production of Scott Joplin's ragtime opera, Treemonisha. She has performed with the Opera Company of Philadelphia in their productions of La Boheme and Margaret Garner, starring Denyce Graves and Angela Brown. She performed the role of the “Woman” in the Opera Company of Philadelphia’s Porgy and Bess (2007). In 2007, Freeman performed a workshop as “Mrs. Trout” with American Lyric Theater for their newly composed and commissioned opera, The Golden Ticket, based on Roahl Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. In the spring of 2009, she reprised her performance of The Golden Ticket, which was presented at Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, Danielle Freeman holds a Bachelor of Music in Voice from Northern Arizona University. She is a 2012 New York Women Composers Organization Seed Grant recipient. She is a recipient of several collegiate awards such as: The Edgar Alan Stone Award for Vocal Performance and The Audrey Auditorium Award for voice. As well, she is a proud recipient of Arizona’s Martin L. King Fine Arts Scholarship.
Written and produced by Danielle Freeman
Baritone violin, Zach Brock
Voice, Danielle Freeman
Engineer, Michael Broby, Acoustic Studios, Brooklyn, New York
Mastering, Scott Anderson, OLab, Brooklyn, New York
Ganache Productions 2012
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