Janice Borla has made it her artistic mission to use her voice as a true jazz instrument – and that resolve is evident in all aspects of her music. Her recordings and performances have earned her consistently high praise for her beautiful sound, superb technique, adventurous repertoire, and imaginative vocal improvisations. Often cited for her adventurous, risk-taking approach, Janice continually challenges herself, keeping vocal improvisation front-and-center in her performances. Her repertoire is an eclectic mix, favoring instrumental jazz tunes by modern and contemporary jazz composers, many without lyrics. Both her current release Promises to Burn (2014) and her prior CD From Every Angle (2007) received “4 stars” in DownBeat Magazine and one of its “Best Albums of the Year.” Her previous recording Agents of Change (2003) was named “The #1 Jazz CD of the Year” by WBEZ-FM Chicago Public Radio and praised by Jazz Times as “Genius. Pure genius.” Her penchant for singing instrumentally-conceived material led her naturally to her emergence as an accomplished lyricist. “I want to create a text that ‘informs’ the music, focusing on its emotional content, and expresses how I feel when I sing it.” Joining Janice for this concert will be fellow members of the College’s highly-esteemed jazz studies program. This season’s jazz series is co-presented by Flashpoint Creative Arts, whose goal is to promote greater understanding of and participation in the art of improvisation with innovative artistic and educational experiences that draw people more deeply into the improvisatory process.
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Venue: Madden Theatre
171 E. Chicago Ave.
Naperville, IL 60540