Breathe Into Time
Diana Clark's debut EP 'Breathe into Time' is a collection of songs reflecting the spirit of a life lived from the Australian outback to the culturally rich cities of Melbourne (Aust) & Rio de Janeiro. Diana May Clark From a new generation of outstanding and innovative contemporary jazz & world/folk singers, Diana May embraces the world's music with imagination and warmth. She received arts-critics awards for her first two albums with Australian master-guitarist Doug de Vries ('...a knot in the wood...' - top 10 Australian Albums for 2003 - Rhythms Magazine, and '...three shadows of blue...' - top 10 Albums for 2005 - Cadence Magazine, USA). Clark's Albums and concerts with de Vries are widely appreciated for their beauty and elegance. Diana, a co-founder of the Melbourne-based award-winning vocal/percussion group AKASA (Best World/Folk Album & best song 2000 CARA, USA & 2007 nominations for 'views from an urban jungle'), has a Bachelor of Music Performance (Improvisation) from the Victorian College of the Arts (University of Melbourne). A finalist in the Australian (Wangaratta) and International jazz vocal competitions, Diana won fourth place in the 2002 International Jazz-Connect Vocal Competition with her English lyric & version of the classic afro-samba Canto de Ossanha (Baden Powell & Vinicius de Moraes). Highly regarded across Australia and the Pacific for her conducting work with community choirs, Diana created, directed and recorded Australia's first Brazilian choir Borboleta and has published the first choral book of Brazilian vocal scores in Australia. She is the recipient of Australian Arts Council (Government) Grants including a professional development study in Portugal with European jazz vocalist/lyricist Maria Joao and two study trips to Brazil, learning to sing in fluent Portuguese. In 2006, Diana released her debut solo recording 'Breathe Into Time' - The CD leads with the metaphysical 'Breathe into Time', winner of the open section composition award, 2006 Eltham Jazz & Blues Heritage Festival. It's an EP of six original songs (in her mother tongue, English) recorded with jazz musicians including three generations of Melbourne's most distinctive pianists; Bob Sedergreen, Joe Chindamo & Will Poskitt with a rhythm section of guitar, bass, drums and percussion. New CD Release: Breathe Into Time - Diana Clark, 2006 • Diana Clark's voice is translucent - '...Her voice is so intimate it could make you blush...' [Cadence, USA - Sept '05] • Her warm tone embraces - 'She offers the music as 'a place of solace, 'even if for only a moment' - the voice and warmth she brings to that promise enables her to translate grand ideas into great emotions...' 'The opening notes of some CDs mesmerise you; you can tell you're going to enjoy the whole experience. (Breathe into Time) is one such example. (Clark's) original songs take the listener on inner and outer journeys across a world and jazz influenced landscape... There are sounds influenced by Brazilian music and by Australian diversity. Supported by a strong line up of Melbourne musicians who intersect jazz and world genres - Diana presents an apparently laid-back CD that effortlessly insinuates it's way into your heart and head.' [Trad & Now, Dec '06] 'Breathe into Time' Diana Clark vocals, compositions with: Doug de Vries acoustic, electric guitar Joe Chindamo piano, piano accordion Bob Sedergreen piano Will Poskit piano Simon Starr acoustic bass David Beck drums Ray Pereira percussion Irine Vela bouzouki mandolin ----------------- QUOTES: "De Vries and Clark feel the music of Brazil down to their bones. His guitar is full of romance and her voice is so intimate it could make you blush. Australia may be halfway around the world from Brazil but you'd never know it from listening to their CDs." Cadence Magazine USA Sept 2005. "Diana's voice was seductive & engaging, singing in fluent Portuguese and alternating to English (with) de Vries improvising...doing it all, using an impressive finger-style technique on a seven string guitar... Doug also complemented Di's voice by singing counterpoint melodies while accompanying on guitar. It was truly a night of splendour from two of this country's finest musicians". President Albury-Wodonga Jazz Society. "...Buoyed by gently vibrant Afro-Brazilian rhythms, Clark's warm vocals can soften the melancholy of a yearning lyric, or coax the vibrant rhythms around her into a dance of celebration." The Age. "The best, new true 'bossa nova' album comes from Melbourne! Mostly, '...three shadows of blue...' is a set of Brazilian classics, performed very intimately & in a refreshingly adult way by singer Diana Clark & guitarist Doug de Vries". 'The Planet' Radio National, Sept 2004 Whole Review: DIANA CLARK "... Breathe into Time ..." The opening notes of some CDs mesmerise you; you can tell you're going to enjoy the whole experience. This is one such example. The six tracks of Diana Clark's first solo recording - an EP of original songs - take the listener on inner and outer journeys across a world and jazz influenced landscape. There are city songs here ... and rural landscapes ('bird call right outside the door'). There are sounds influenced by Brazilian music and by Australian diversity. These are also songs about healing and support and respect. The themes of these songs reflect Di's experiences, interests and hopes. The usually sober subjects of anxiety & depression are given a hearty embrace and creative twist - "Laser beam a healing green on the anxious disposition, and the rosy hue of love unlocks inherited conditions". She offers the music as "a place of solace, even if for only a moment". The voice and the warmth she brings to that promise and dedication enable her to translate grand ideas into great emotions. Supported by a strong line-up of Melbourne musicians who intersect jazz and world genres...Diana presents an apparently laid-back CD that effortlessly insinuates it's way into your heart and head. Roger Holdsworth, Trad and Now Magazine [Australia], ex-presenter "The Global Village" PBS-FM.