|Johanna Borchert — FM Biography (2014)|
Johanna Borchert — FM Biography
Vocal | Piano | Composer
Born: 1983 in Berlin
Location: Berlin, Germany
Album release: 2014
Record Label: Yellowbird (Soulfood)
01. Desert Road 2:36
02. FM Biography 6:02
03. Lightyears 3:31
04. Lullaby 3:53
05. It's Been A While 3:57
06. Soulmates 8:40
07. Freewheelin' 3:22
08. In A Grain Of Sand 3:09
09. Long Lane Frame 3:05
10. Wide Land 6:00
ζ Johanna Borchert (DE) — vocals, piano, synths
ζ Fred Frith (UK) — guitar
ζ Shazhad Ismaily (US) — bass, guitar, synths
ζ Julian Sartorius (CH) — drums
ζ This pianist and singer/songwriter from Germany, although not yet well–known beyond her home borders, has enlisted A–league help on this brooding and darkly elegant mix–up of jazz and Americana. Fred Frith needs no introduction, a veteran of innumerable avant–rock, avant–everything projects. Shahzad Ismaily is a multi–instrumentalist and sideman for Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, Will Oldham, Marianne Faithfull, Patti Smith and many more. He plays guitar, bass and synths here and produced the album. Johanna Borchert is mostly known through her bands Schneeweiss & Rosenrot and Little Red Suitcase, with whom she toured a lot through many European countries, but also Asia, the USA and Canada. In October 2012 she released her debut as a piano soloist, named 'Orchestre Ideal'. Borchert sings entirely in English on these ten self–composed tracks, whose titles — Wide Land, Desert Road, Long Lane Frame etc — foretell the spatial vista of the music. With musical capabilities in abundance, Johanna Borchert will not remain unknown for long.
♠ “MIT 'FM BIOGRAPHY' IST IHR [JOHANNA BORCHERT] SCHLICHT UND EINFACH EIN MEISTERWERK GELUNGEN.... MIT EINER EXZELLENT BESETZTEN BAND, ZU DER DER BRITISCHE GITARRIST UND AVANTGARDE-VETERAN FRED FRITH, DER BASSIST UND ELEKTRONIKER SHAHZAD ISMAILY UND DER ÄUSSERST AGILE SCHWEIZER SCHLAGZEUGER JULIAN SARTORIUS ZÄHLEN, SURFT JOHANNA BORCHERT DURCH EIN KNAPPES DUTZEND SONGS, DIE ZUM EINDRINGLICHSTEN GEHÖREN, WAS MAN IN DIESEM JAHR AUF TONTRÄGERN ZU HÖREN BEKOMMEN WIRD.... VON DER PLATTE WIRD MAN NOCH LANGE SPRECHEN.”
♠ “PEOPLE WILL BE TALKING ABOUT THIS RECORD FOR A LONG TIME TO COME.” (JAZZTHETIK, OCTOBER 2014)
♠ "FM BIOGRAPHY, DAS ERSTE SONGSCHREIBER-ALBUM DER BERLINERIN JOHANNA BORCHERT, EINES DER POP–ALBEN DIESES JAHRES, IST EIN MEISTERWERK DER LEISEN TÖNE." — (MARKUS MAYER. KULTUR/ POP–CD–TIPP: FM BIOGRAPHY VON JOHANNA BORCHERT [YELLOWBIRD] , OCTOBER 2014)
♠ "TIMBRE UND VORTRAG ERINNERN AN EINE MISCHUNG AUS TORI AMOS UND NICO, DER SOUND VOR ALLEM DER ELEKTRONISCHEN KEYBOARDS, IST EHER VON AVANTGARDISTISCHEN FÄDEN DURCHZOGEN. MANCHES IST EPISCH AUSGEROLLT, ANDERES KLINGT WIE TORSI. DIESER KONTRAST AUS FRAGMENT UND VOLLENDUNG ZIEHT SICH DURCH DAS GANZE ALBUM. EINE SCHÖNE, IN IHREM SPIEL VON NÄHE UND DISTANZ MANCHMAL AUCH VERSTÖRENDE PLATTE." — (8 VON 10 PUNKTEN), (ECLIPSED, OCTOBER 2014)
Press/Agent:firstname.lastname@example.org © Johanna Borchert; Photo credit: Schindelbeck
Who`s behind the project?
Fred Frith (Guitar)
♠ Fred Frith is one of the most profiled avant–garde–guitarists alive. He became famous in the early 70ties with the Rock Band Henry Cow and later with the Award Winning documentary film Step Across the Border. His artistic profile, his musical work and impacton a huge scene of improvisers and all kinds of musicians is huge, rather countless.
Julian Sartorius (Drums)
♠ Julian Sartorius is an outstanding highly talented young prodigy out of the Swiss drumming scene known for his love for sounds and groove. With his Beat Diary he gained sudden success in 2012. He has collaborated with Sophie Hunger, Colin Vallon, Dimlite, Merz, Jürg Halter and Rhys Chatham and has toured throughout Europe, SouthAmerica, Canada and the US.
Shahzad Ismaily (Bass, Guitar, Drums, Producer)
♠ Shahzad Ismaily is a unique and outstanding musician, composer and producer. He has worked in the film industry, scoring Oscar nominated films Frozen River and Sun Come Up. He has recorded and performed with countless musical luminaries, Yoko Ono, Laurie Anderson, Patti Smith, Marc Ribot, John Zorn and Bonnie Prince Billy, to name a few. He has also worked in dance and theatre, accompanying works by Tadashi Endo and the Shinichi Momo Koga.
Johanna Borchert (Vocals, Piano, Synths, Production)
♠ Born 1983 in the German capital of Berlin, pianist Johanna Borchert was already at a young age showing potential as a musically gifted prodigy who, aside from a traditional familiarization with the classics, continued to bloom, an emerging talent in the modern music scene. Sources of her inspiration are as far–ranging as Bach, Debussy and Bartók to jazz musicians such as Thelonious Monk and Keith Karrett and also contemporary composers Messiaen, Cage and Ligeti to name a few.
Furthermore a semester abroad studying classical Indian “carnatic” music helped further her musical expression with the piano and fostered her development as a vocalist. After completing her studies in composition and jazz piano under the tutelage of David Friedman, Hubert Nuss and Django Bates among others at the “Universität der Künste“ in Berlin and the “Rytmisk Musikkonservatorium” in Copenhagen Johanna Borchert is now part of the driving force of the young Berlin and Copenhagen avant–garde jazz scene.
♠ Johanna Borchert is mostly known through her bands Schneeweiss & Rosenrot and Little Red Suitcase, with whom she toured a lot through many European countries, but also Asia, the USA and Canada. As a co–leader of Schneeweiss & Rosenrot, she won the „New German Jazz Prize“ in 2012, and was nominated for the Danish music awards three times with her Duo Little Red Suitcase in 2006, 2008 and 2012.
♠ In October 2012 she released her debut as a piano Soloist, named „Orchestre Ideal“. Since 2010 she is touring under her own name with her solo program, in which she appears not only as an outstanding piano player but also as a singer of very personal character.
♠ In 2010 Josef Woodward wrote about the young lady on the white and black keys: „Borchert is an intriguing young pianist worth keeping tabs on. She can veer inside and outside“. Johanna Borchert is demonstrating this with her newest Solo project too. Jazz journalist Tobias Richtsteig praises her Solo program: „She finally gathers all her different sounds. Improvisation unfolding from minimalistic patterns, impressionistic Jazz ballads and catchy Pop Ballads are not contradicting each other, but are the components for a very personal concert of capricious explosive force“. Bert Noglik, programming the Berlin Jazz Festival writes: „With her new Solo program the young Artist is again breaking the lines between Jazz, Pop and Avantgarde...“.