Shira Z. Carmel and her Brasserie - Shira Z. Carmel's newest adventure is an Avant-Groove Brass Band, standing (and dancing) on the thin line between Jazz, Art and Pop. This unusual ensemble features 6 brass and woodwinds players, a drummer and a singer-songwriter.
Shira Z. Carmel has been writing and performing for over a decade, and her songs have taken many shapes and sounds.
Whatever the instrument, whatever the genre, Shira creates a human microcosm: a SONG,and with it - an idea, a story, a new perspective. Now - accompanied by 6 horns and a drummer there's no stopping her.
Finding inspiration in the classical brass quintets, jazz big-bands, the 1940s' cool jazz and the New Orleans marching band traditions, arranger Orr Sinay dips Carmel's songs in a hot sauce of horns and drums that best befits her sultry voice and poetic lyrics. Carmel & Sinay met in the Jerusalem Music Academy, and it was musical love at first sight. They now collaborate in this fascinating project, where Brass, Wind and Fire come together. After performing for astounded audiences in Israel and Europe, Shira Z. Carmel and her Brasserie are now releasing their debut EP and planning to take over the world.
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Shira Z. Carmel and her Brasserie's new album flirts with jazz and cabaret and leaves many thought provoking open questions...
One can claim that the thematic line that goes through the songs is the presence of death, but not as an opposition to life but rather as the natural continuation of life's dark matter...
Most songs tend towards the aesthetics of the subtle illustration which leaves an appealing and thought provoking residue at the bottom of Carmel and her Brasserie's album. Ben Shalev, Haaretz newpaper
The Brasserie of Shira Z. Carmel (a third of [the vocal trio] "The Hazelnuts") is composed of 6 horn players and a drummer, and it rumbles of cabaret and jazz, thanks to the arrangements made by Orr Sinay.
You'll find many literature and poetry references here... there's also a Tom Waits cover... despite this instrumental and intellectual complexity (you'll find plenty of songs about death here) the album feels "jammy" and light, and the joy of music making blows through it like a storm.
9/10 Amir Ascher, Haaretz
The Brasserie was created with love, something that remains clear in the album... it has feminism but also humor, philosophy - but one that also affects your emotions, and a combination between the quiet/intimate and the bursting-out/circus-like qualities. Zippora Fischer, Columbus Music magazine
Carmel is a talented skilled writer… As a composer her music is ornamented and stylish, which allows the musicians who play it to express themselves and her vocal qualities to stand out SZCQ debut album review, by Fish-tank Music Magazine