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Karen Lane

KAREN LANE originally from Perth Western Australia, moved to Sydney in 1990. Her initial grounding was the graveyard shift in seedy Kings Cross, with10 piece original soul funk band, The Hard Word. Her first foray into Jazz quickly followed with the formation of The Eclectics, a sophisticated lounge trio playing standards. She won coveted slots, including headline at 1993 Western Australia’s York Jazz Festival, and support for the elite British jazz pianist, Julian Joseph, during his 1994 Australian tour, at Sydney’s premier jazz club the Basement.

In 1993 Lane formed her first original band Deluge and between 1994 and 1997 established her song writing and band leading credentials culminating in the debut of her original acid jazz band, Substance, at the prestigious Bacardi Club for the 1995 Sydney International Arts festival. During this period she also wrote and produced music for a NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Art) dance production "Appetite" which was featured at the Melbourne International Arts Festival.

From her experience as one of the few song writing and band leading females in an Australian music scene dominated by mass marketed, made to order young popstars, Lane conceived the idea that became Bloomers, an independent recording project for women singer songwriters. She secured government funding and recorded 17 women from around Australia. The Bloomers compilation CD was released with considerable national print, radio and TV coverage in August 1998 through Roadshow/Warners music.

In 1997 just before Lane relocated to Singapore she recorded her original album titled "Sheherazade 1001 nights", and was subsequently invited back to Australia to perform at the 1998 Go Girl! Festival celebrating International Women’s Day, to a 10,000 strong crowd in ‘The Domain’ Sydney. In Singapore Lane worked extensively singing sessions, writing and performing in various jazz clubs and hotels including the renowned Raffles Hotel.

Since moving to London in 2000, she has steadily established a UK audience culminating in "sell out" gigs at Pizza on the Park in November 2001. She has played with some of London’s leading jazz musicians including: Jim Watson, Geoff Gascoyne, Ian Shaw, Alec Dankworth, Mark Fletcher, Martin Shaw and Sebastiaan de Krom.

Her self produced album titled "Once in a Lifetime" features a mix of standards and original tunes. Lane’s arrangements, often driven by groove or counterpoint within the rhythm section, reflect her soulful heritage. Experimental in her vocal style, the result is an exciting, undulating and evocative sound that blends traditional resonance and phrasing with decidedly modern inflections.

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