Favorable Early Coverage Runs, as 21-Year Old Chanteuse Monika Borzym Delivers Jazz Vocals for the Next Generation and Reinterprets the Music of Amy Winehouse, Fiona Apple, Erykah Badu, Abbey Lincoln and more, on 'Girl Talk'
Digital Release Available Now in the U.S. via Sony Poland
NYC Debut Concert is Confirmed for 11/28 at Rockwood Music Hall
Favorable early reviews have greeted 'Girl Talk,' the debut CD by 21-year old vocalist Monika Borzym. On the new album, released digitally in the U.S. on 10/18 via Sony Poland, Borzym delivers a fearless take on an eclectic range of songs, and in doing so, delivers a jazz vocal album for a new generation of fans. Early reviews have buzzed that she has a mature presence and seasoned melancholy in dulcet tones that will have you quietly on the edge of your seat," and have affirmed that Borzym is an artist with a future." 'Girl Talk' features the music of a diverse range of controversial, legendary and/or esteemed female artists, including Amy Winehouse, Fiona Apple, Rachael Yamagata, Estelle, Regina Spektor, Erykah Badu, Abbey Lincoln, Feist, Joni Mitchell, Marisa Monte, Bjrk and Dido. Listen to audio samples, here: http://www.monikaborzym.com
On November 28th, Borzym will make her New York concert debut with a 7pm performance at Rockwood Music Hall. Special Guest artists will be announced soon. Visit http://rockwoodmusichall.com/ for tickets and more information. As Produced by Matt Pierson and arranged by Gil Goldstein, 'Girl Talk' introduces Polish-born Borzym to American audiences as a new voice in modern jazz.
More about Monika Borzym:
Monika Borzym discovered jazz at an early age, and is a natural musician, but her upbringing could have sent her in many different directions, thankfully she took a more studied path. My dad listens to new romantic stuff, Tears For Fears, Toto, there was never Miles Davis playing in my house. My mum listened to Celine Dion, and Whitney Houston mostly, I sang along at elementary school, luckily they never pushed me to do Idol like stuff."
Monika's influences, once she moved on from Whitney, include the obvious greats, and some lesser-known artists. It all started with Ella Fitzgerald, she was my first mistress and my greatest one. Then I got fascinated with Carmen McRae, who was more obscure, and far more intense when it comes to the lyrics. I also find great inspiration in Anita O'Day, and absolutely in Miles Davis; I generally love the trumpeters, Chet Baker, Terence Blanchard, I worship the ground they walk upon. I adore Bill Evans. Also, I've been in love with Radiohead since my lower secondary school."
In 2008, following an intense Eastern European schooling in all aspects of classical and jazz theory, composition and performance, Monika started spending time in the states, and eventually received a scholarship from the University of Miami's Frost School of Music. While there she studied under numerous world-renowned jazz musicians, including Lisanne Lyons, Larry Lapin, Dante Luciani, Greg Gisbert, Chuck Bergeron, Ira Sullivan, and Shelly Berg.
Borzym's experiences in the sunshine state also resulted in a chance meeting with the man who would play an enormous role in the development of her musical career. Monika explains, I met Matt Pierson for the first time when I was studying in Miami; he came to us to deliver a series of lectures about the music business. Matt is a person who I find important to me personally, and a giant in the world of jazz. He has discovered many talents and released plenty of records with Joshua Redman, Brad Meldhau, Chick Corea, Pat Metheny. A very close friend of mine Dante Luciani told me there would be a jam session in the evening, and that Pierson was planning to come. So I went there to sing and to get to know Matt. He liked my performance very much, we started to chat, made friends, and later, once I had returned to Poland, we kept in touch on Facebook. At that time we had already started considering recording together."
Borzym is currently enrolled at the LA Music Academy where she studies under the cream of the crop of U.S. music instructors including Tierney Sutton, Dorian Holley, Nikhil Korula and Tony Inzalaco. LA Music Academy College of Music is regarded as one of the premiere music schools in the world and its faculty is comprised of award winning professional musicians who impart practical real-world teachings along side traditional theoretical studies. She looks forward to taking a break from her studies to perform in support of Girl Talk.