Internationally acclaimed singer, performer and writer Barb Jungr grew up in Rochdale and Stockport in the northwest of England in a European household. As a young girl she wrote music, poetry and plays. Throughout her school years she developed a passion for performance both in school and around the folk clubs and night-clubs of Manchester. After gaining an improbable degree in Botany at Leeds University she moved to London where she met and made music with a huge range of performers. Always defying genre classifications, she became part of the early alternative cabaret circuit, which had a profound effect on her subsequent work and during and after which she had a 12 year song writing and musical partnership with the blues guitarist and singer Michael Parker.
Her interest in "world music" grew as she toured some of the more remote parts of the world for The British Council (Malawi, Cameroon, Burma, Tanzania, The Yemen) prompting her to study ethnomusicology for which she learned Iranian Tribal singing. She holds a Master of Music degree from Goldsmiths College University of London. Specialising in "voice" alongside giving concerts she has since lectured written and broadcast extensively and internationally on vocal techniques and singing.
As well as her solo recordings performances and tours Jungr has worked with the acclaimed Amici multi disciplinary dance troupe whose production of "20/20" (a history of disability in the twentieth century) featured Jungr as the crazed MC of a circus of freaks and played two seasons at The Lyric Hammersmith and in Berlin (2000 - 2002). She collaborated with composer Jonathan Cooper on his "Moon Behind The Clouds' cycle which he wrote for her voice (performed as part of Battersea Arts Centre's 'scratch Opera Season" May 2004) she was featured in Simon Armitage's millennial poem Channel 4 film directed by Brian Hill. She created the sellout cabaret "Girl Talk" with Mari Wilson and Claire Martin. Barb Jungr is regarded as one of the foremost singers of Jacques Brel's repertoire and with "Chanson The Space In Between" (Linn Records 2000) she transformed classic Brel and Ferre songs with new arrangements and specially commissioned translations. The CD was one of The Sunday Times' ten best jazz CD's of 2000.
Her Bob Dylan interpretations the CD "Every Grain Of Sand" (Linn records 2002) was selected as one of The Telegraph Sri Lanka Germany Norway and The UK. "Every Grain Of Sand" was invited to New York in 2002 for an autumn run at the Flea Theatre (supported by The British Council) for which Barb won a Backstage Bistro Award for excellence in cabaret as International Artist of The Year in March 2003. She has subsequently returned to New York by popular demand and now performs there several times a year. In 2004 Jungr is touring Britain and Europe promoting her new Linn album Waterloo Sunset launched at her Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club debut in November 2003.
Barb Jungr has been published in The Guardian Folk Roots Jazzwise and The Sunday Times News Review and has been a regular feature writer and columnist for The Singer since 1996. She contributed the chapter on "Voice" to The Cambridge Companion To Blues and Gospel (2003 edited by Professor Allan Moore) an essay to the Institute Of ideas book "On Commitment" (2002) and has written a series of essays on the work of Yoko Ono for "Woman; The incredible Life of Yoko Ono" (2004).
She is currently working on her musical 'the Ballad Of Norah's Ark" (book Barb Jungr and Andy Goldberg songs Barb Jungr and Russell Churney) which is in development in New York a book based on her travels and performances in Africa and her new show and CD for 2005.