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Monday, November 17, 2008

European Jazz Sensation Mystˆİfy Releases ’Äòspark within’Äô In Canada

European Jazz Sensation

Releases 'spark within'

In Canada: August 28th (digital) October 23rd (physical)

Distributed in Canada by Fusion3

Toronto/Ottawa ’Äì European jazz sensation Mystˆİfy releases her album 'spark within' to the Canadian market and moves to Ottawa for the love of her life.

"With a rich voice and a piano trio behind her, Mystˆİfy manages to create a soulful jazz record’Äĥthat sounds as if Ella Fitzgerald sat in on the sessions and helped her record a few songs" ~ Paul Zimmerman, AP News

Born in Bergisch Land' near Cologne, Germany Stephie created her jazz persona living in Bremen, Germany and singing at clubs and bars from London to Nashville and Germany, performing ad-hoc at jazz sessions and getting a wealth of positive response to her vocal skills. Yet, it was a while before Mystˆİfy took her talent seriously.

Then, one evening in 2004 in a club in North London, the future revealed itself. Mystˆİfy visited a club in Highgate with Ray Davies, rock legend of The Kinks. After Mystˆİfy had the audience worked up to an ecstatic state by a slick performance of some Billie Holiday classics, Ray took her by the hand, looked deep into her eyes and stated dryly: "You're a star!"

Now, after receiving four and five star reviews, major features in both Jazzpodium and Jazzthetik, Germany's top jazz magazines and air play with her videoclip for "Eye Candy" on major Music-TV in Germany Hit24 and Yavido-Clips, Mystˆİfy is ready to conquer to rest of the globe as well as her new home and love in Ottawa, Canada.

With a voice; mellow, unvarnished and full of warmth Mystˆİfy exudes sensuality, soul and pure sensibility. Accompanied simply by piano, double bass and drums, the sparse arrangements allow for a wonderful, relaxed yet tantalizing album: 'spark within'

Nine of the twelve songs were self-penned by Mystˆİfy and pianist Roberto DiGioia (Klaus Doldinger's Passport, Joe Lovano, Albert Mangelsdorff, and his very own project Marsmobil). The trio was completed by world class bassist Dieter Ilg (Rebekka Bakken, Charlie Mariano, Till Brˆnner) and drummer Matteo Scrimali (Freundeskreis, Max Herre). Christian Prommer (currently highly acclaimed for his 'Drumlessons' project, but also know for Fauna Flash, Trˆşby Trio, Voom Voom) functioned as a producer.

Jimmy Somerville, the unmistakable, mega star singer of Bronski Beat and The Communards fame, appears as a special guest on 'spark within'. His counter tenor voice is matchless to this day. Somerville duets with Mystˆİfy on "I will", a classic love song from Dean Martin's repertoire, now revamped in a highly romantic fashion. Jimmy & Mystˆİfy discovered, much to their surprise, while in the studio (there was no rehearsal prior to recording the tune) that their voices, phrasing and even vibrato harmonised in an exceptional way.

The musical aim was to create modern jazz standards, as Mystˆİfy wasn't content with merely interpreting the same old compositions. She expected creativity and innovation not just from herself but also from the musicians who performed on this album: "Roberto DiGioia felt precisely what I wanted to express and carefully put my lyrics and melodies into a charming context of harmonies. The band and I had a wonderful chemistry going in the studio ’Äì and jazz thrives on spontaneity!"

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