Barb Jungr, one of the finest interpreters of popular song, is teaming up with renowned American jazz piano virtuoso, Laurence Hobgood for Shelter From The Storm for a performance at The Apex on Thursday, March 17.
The concert is part of a brand new one-off UK tour and features original music as well as beautiful arrangements of classic tracks, Barb Jungr has created a show that is as meaningful as it is thought provoking, carrying with it a message of peace and hope.
Considered to be the finest cabaret singer in recent times, Barb Jungr is renowned for her unique vocal style, interpretation of song and radical approach to arrangements.
For Shelter From The Storm, her 20th album, Barb has tapped into New York’s dynamic jazz scene and joined hands across the Atlantic in a major collaboration with Laurence Hobgood.
The resulting record and accompanying tour is the American progressive and contemporary jazz piano virtuoso’s first major collaboration since his Grammy award-winning work with Kurt Elling.
Shelter From The Storm with its overarching theme of optimism, includes three original tracks written by Barb and Laurence.
This stunning collection of songs will also feature reworkings from writers as diverse as Springsteen and Bowie to Sondheim and Rogers & Hammerstein, as well as Jungr’s own renowned interpretations of Dylan and Cohen.
An auditory journey of balms and healing songs, the tour includes arrangements of classics like All Along the Watchtower, What the World Needs Now, Woodstock and more.
The collaboration will afford fans a rare opportunity to see two of the world’s most exciting performers team up to create intensely moving music that seems only too poignant in these troubling times.
Having helped revitalise the Cabaret music genre and scene in both the UK and USA, Barb Jungr is best known as a ‘chansonnier’ who revived the French and German art song tradition, bringing it up to date by mixing it with jazz, blues, folk, world, and pop music. With rave international reviews and two prestigious New York awards (2008 Nightlife Award for Outstanding Cabaret Vocalist and Best International Artist 2003 Backstage Award), Barb Jungr has worked with many of the finest musicians and composers in the UK and has toured all over the world.
Born and raised in Rochdale and Stockport, Barb Jungr’s fascinating career spans decades and genres and is influenced by a rich spectrum of musical styles and defining epochs through her own remarkable personal life and professional experience.
Growing up in a musical family, Barb learned to play classical violin at a young age and had formed her own folk group at the age of fifteen before exploring other genres at university, from Bluegrass to Trad Jazz.
Arriving in London in the mid-1970s, Jungr, having decided to focus purely on singing, worked with playwright Pam Gems and composer Paul Sand.
Living and recording in a studio in a West London bacon factory with the city’s growing Punk scene as a backdrop, Barb Jungr recorded her first single.
He’s Gone, by The Stroke, written and recorded with her then husband, Dan Bowling, was released by CBS records and was single of the week in the NME.
Barb then formed the Three Courgettes with Michael Parker and Jerry Kreeger. Busking new wave versions of gospel classics in the Kings Road and Portobello Market in the late 1970s, the vocal trio were soon discovered by Island Records and toured with the likes of Kid Creole and the Coconuts, Sade and The Jets.
She then formed the duo Jungr and Parker with blues guitarist and R&B aficionado Michael Parker.
For13 years throughout the ‘80s they performed internationally, toured and wrote for some of Britain’s best known comedians, such as Alexei Sayle and Julian Clary and were regularly seen and heard on UK TV and radio.
The 1990s saw Barb diversify again into jazz. Developing a series of thematically assembled live shows, such as “Hell Bent Heaven Bound” and “Money the Final Frontier”, Barb drew together jazz’s finest talent to perform at esteemed
venues such as the Purcell Room and Pizza on the Park.
Fascinated by ethnomusicology, in 1992, Jungr went to Africa and embarked on ten years of travel that involved her working with The British Council. Touring the world, from
Africa to Burma, Barb created workshops, learned from local musicians and wrote about her experiences for likes of
The Guardian, F’Roots and The Singer.
By the end of the decade, Jungr had ventured into a new stage of her career, releasing Chanson: The Space in Between, a record of expressive performances of songs by the likes of Brel and Jacques Prévert, which was named in he Top Ten jazz list by The Sunday Times. From 2000 to 2015, Barb Jungr released 8 Linn, 2 Naim and 1 Kristalyn records, all of which received fantastic reviews, making her one of the few jazz and cabaret performers to really have an international recording and performing profile.
Now internationally recognised for her unique covers, in 2015 she on the Broadway World Best CD award for Hard Rain - The Songs of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen.
In line with the Shelter From The Storm album and tour, Barb is the subject of an hour-long American TV documentary as part of The
Kate TV series, aired by CPTV in the USA in 2016.