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After rocking the joint, pre Christmas, BLISS ART return to the stage to greet eager fans who simply want more!BLISS ART have quite a following on the festival circuit both at home and abroad. Their gigs offer easy to listen to yet challenging songs filled with Eastern European sounds from virtuoso pianist Mojca Monti and formidable flautist Jana Cadez Amali plus the usual spicy cheekiness and soaring vocals from Asian songstress Aneesa Chaudhry. Their gigs are full of humour, talent, light zen moments and intense darkness if you allow yourself to take the ride.
BLISS ART's original songs are catchy and easy to listen to. The three songwriters love taking themes that take their fans on a whirlwind of emotions, not holding back from the highs and lows in the stories the songs tell. Mojca's amazing ability to create different sound textures and an enchanting atmosphere with her fingers and body movements is in itself a creation of a master piece. Her talent shines through with every note that she brings to life and it captures your heart. Her self penned song 'On The Edge' is bitter sweet with a conversation about life and death with a GP and her song 'Gypsy Woman' is dedicated with a wink in her eye 'To All The Women In My Life'. Her piano playing is flawless, powerful and leaves its imprints with you. She is a virtuoso in her own right.
Jana Cadez Amali's love for the flute simply dances from her fingers and breathe as she makes the most enticing sounds from it. She also plays the bansuri in the band's much loved cover song 'Tera Chera'. When the band play this song, the room stops breathing, afraid to miss even a second of the moment they are in. She bends the notes bringing fully to life the indian instrument. Her original songs are compelling and deep. The rhythms and melodies in 'You', Hold On' and 'Tango Crush' carry the lyrics like a bird on a flight with every ounce of it's heart.
Aneesa Chaudhry is a vocalist and cheeky performer with a rare quality that is worth coming out to listen to. She brushes off her ability to swoop from the ethereal high to a low timbre of low that few women can reach. Her original songs 'Guappa Chica', 'Sappho's Bossom' and 'Letting Go' are fun and full of vocal improvisation and vocal percussion.
BLISS ART's Eastern flavours includes both the Asian element and the Eastern European element, gyspy sounds, 'melos' as described by the Slovenian members. They perform songs in Slovenian which Chaudhry loves trying to get her tongue around. She is always ready for a proper vocal work out to get her lips and tongue moving around the vowel-less words! 'Crazy fun!' she says.
The band have produced several albums, 'On The Edge' and 'Hold On' and on 26th April at The Brunswick, Brighton they will be performing some favourites but also new numbers to keep everyone on their toes, as usual. As always, leaving the audience wanting more!
Tickets: £12/ £10 concs.
Group bookings of 10 or more get 1 free ticket for tickets purchased by 1st April 2015.
(Fabulous photo c/o Mattieu Freshfield)
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“Aneesa Chaudhry is a force of nature and a force to be reckoned with. Her voice is extraordinary in so many senses, range, tone, style proving that this is not simply a voice of fashion, and there are plenty of those around, but a real voice full of real musical talent and skill – weapon quality! An evening of song with her is a white knuckle ride of styles and musical genre – ballads, jazz classics, rock, swing, Asian fusion, Fascinating as this is, and amazing value at the price, it does leave your head in a spin. She gave us a striking rendition of My Funny Valentine that was spine tinglingly good, Aneesa is a pure talent, a chameleon chanteuse – and she looks great too, cheekily flirting with her audience and winning us over every minute of the way. When a gig is this good it would bland and dull to simply say that Aneesa Chaudhry is bloody brilliant!” - Andrew Kay, The Latest (Dec 07, 2014)
“Aneesa Chaudhry showed the audience exactly how accomplished a musician, singer and performer she is. The Brunswick was packed to the rafters. I could have listened to her sing all night. She is the full package, sassy & engaging. The haunting Tera Chera was the highlight showing off her range & the ethereal tone quality of her voice in the upper register. Guappa Chica presented her fun side while Papernut demonstrated the huge range of her voice. Vocally she was quite extraordinary during this number considering this was live and the possibilities of studio tricks less possible. I love a performer who takes risks not only with their performance but also with the arrangements. She made My Funny Valentine her own & challenged both singer and listener to the limits. It was a triumph! Her voice is secure over her complete register, while her ability to bend notes gives a wonderful Eastern flavour. Her articulation is drilled down & precise. You can understand every word she sings” - James Ledward, GScene (Dec 10, 2014)
"What a sensational lunchtime jazz session from Aneesa Chaudhry at the Summertown Wine Cafe yesterday! My goodness the girl has an amazing range. She titallated us with Van Morison's Moondance before nailing Joni Mitchell's 'Both Sides Now' goosebumps and swelling tear ducts all-round. Oxford Jazz Festival
Aneesa brings a great vibe (and a crowd) to her gigs. She has an original take on performing and brings a little old school glamour to her live shows. Prepare to be entertained as she seamlessly navigates through classics and new material. An excellent addition to any serious music event billing. SAM SUTTON, GINGLIK, London
Ealing Jazz Festival, July 2008 ‘An original Punjabi take on the jazz tradition supported by some of the best Latin musicians, music full of light, the subtleness of jazz, and a commitment to the vitality of performance’. Pete Watson, Crypt Stage Director
Isle of White International Jazz Divas Festival ‘Aneesa Chaudhry wowed the audience at the Jazz Festival fringe with her unique approach to jazz, spicing things up nicely with exotic eastern flavours, both vocally and percussively, along with well known classics, all delivered with a dash of divadom and a sprinkle of stardust’ Mick Smith, Director, Quay Arts
‘Aneesa Chaudhry’s sets in the Birmingham Jazz Festival were real stand-out occasions. Very musical, pretty unusual, and totally absorbing’. Jim Simpson, Festival Director
‘I WAS THERE…THE SUN WAS OUT AND ANEESA SANG UP A DREAM’, National Theatre, Ian Shaw, 2004 BBC Jazz Vocalist, Royal National Theatre Music Pitch