May 23-24, 2020 // memorial day weekend
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Laurin Talese

Saturday, May 23 | 3 pm | Meadow Stage

Naturally gifted, yet well studied, Laurin Talese has been captivating audiences with her voice since childhood. A Cleveland, Ohio native, she attended the Cleveland School of the Arts. After completing high school, Talese relocated to Philadelphia where she attended the University of the Arts, and subsequently received a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance.

Although her greatest affinity is jazz, Talese is versatile within many musical genres. She has shared the stage with numerous international recording artists including Bilal, Gregory Porter, Patti LaBelle, Robert Glasper, Vivian Green, and has had the distinct pleasure of performing with renowned classical and jazz ensembles such as the Cleveland Orchestra, the Cleveland Jazz Heritage Orchestra, the Moses Hogan Chorale, and the internationally acclaimed Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg, Austria.

Talese‚Äôs talents have allowed her to travel the globe, performing in a host of national and international venues including the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia’s Academy of Music, the famed Apollo Theater, the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, and most recently in front of a sold-out crowd at the New Jersey Center for Performing Arts (NJPAC) in November 2018 when Talese won the 7th annual Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition.

As a complement to her effortless vocal abilities, Talese is a passionate songwriter. It is the union of her pure tone and poignant lyrics that excite her audiences and helps to define her sound. In 2016, she released her debut album, Gorgeous Chaos, to wide acclaim. Co-produced by GRAMMY-award winning drummer and producer, Ulysses Owens Jr. and Tony-award nominated bassist and music director, Adam Blackstone (BASSic Black Entertainment), Gorgeous Chaos made its debut on the Billboard Jazz Charts and received acclaim from AXS, All About Jazz, The Chicago Tribune, and other music outlets.

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