Lisa Engelken Quartet

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Dazzle Jazz

930 Lincoln St.
Denver, CO 80203


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7 & 9pm :: Lisa Engelken Quartet :: $18 / $12 Students w/ ID

lisa - vocals
eric gunnison – piano
zack terran – bass
matt swindells – drums

“If you care to think of a song as a sort of emotional map, I’d say you drive an all-terrain vehicle.”  ----Jack, a new fan, after catching Lisa’s live show

Extraordinary singer, songwriter and arranger Lisa Engelken is a Kansas-born straight-shooter. Now living in San Francisco, Lisa is known for a fearless stage presence that has garnered her comparisons to Evel Knievel, Janis Joplin and even a roaring Harley Davidson.

Classically and theatrically trained, Lisa wields an acrobatic three-octave range. Equal parts freight train and junkyard trombone, Engelken alternately locomotes and floats through tunes.

Lisa is excited to return to Dazzle after last June’s exuberant sold-out shows. She will be joined again by a powerhouse trio that features Denver’s finest: Eric Gunnison on piano and Zach Terran on bass.  Rounding out the quartet will be San Francisco drummer (by way of the U.K.) Matt Swindells. Together they will perform works from Engelken's rollercoaster repertoire.  

The program will include the premiere of new arrangements and selections from Lisa’s highly-anticipated album Little Warrior, scheduled for release in Fall 2013. The quartet will also perform tracks from Caravan, named to the “Best of 2010” List by the Jazz Journalists Association. Engelken produced and arranged all ten tracks on Caravan: bold adaptations of swing and jazz standards, Brazilian and contemporary tunes by Billy Idol and Joni Mitchell, and includes "From the Earth,” Lisa’s lyric version of Freddie Hubbard's jazz-funk classic "Red Clay.”

Lisa’s upcoming release Little Warrior is generating quite a buzz and promises four new original compositions, as well as "Undertow," her new lyric version of Wayne Shorter's "Nefertiti.”  Among the album’s  eleven tracks are compelling adaptations of works by The Cars, Tom Waits, Joni Mitchell, and Abbey Lincoln. Engelken, who speaks fluent Italian. has included an “unabashedly joyous” samba in Italian by Franco Godi

Engelken has shared the stage with diverse artists as Yo La Tengo, John Cameron Mitchell, Stephen Trask, Greg Brown, T-Bone Burnett, and Tom Waits. She was awarded the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Yitzhak in the raucous rock musical “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.”  Appearances include SFJAZZ SummerFest, San Jose Jazz Festival, Fillmore Jazz Festival, South-by-Southwest (Austin), North by Northeast (Toronto), and the New York New Music Festival.

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"Bold, lush, exotic and just a little bit dangerous, like waves of sound and heat:  Evel Knievel and Janis Joplin. Like Evel, she is a fearless daredevil, but never reckless, knowing exactly whether her voice can jump through a ring of fire and over 30 elephants--or whether it can go 31. And like Janis, she gives every ounce of herself onstage."      ----Erin Gray, columnist for the Monterey Herald

"She is an utter original.  Blessed with superlative power, control and range, Engelken can, as mood requires, be as soft as dew or as intense as a sleet storm; her interpretive instincts are astounding. In short, Engelken defines the 'extra' in extraordinary.     ----Christopher Loudon, Jazz Times

photo by Kevin Trexler.



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