The duo of poetic jazz and groove music known as Sund’ri Feeling have released their latest LP record, “Accords.” It contains 14 original tracks for a total listening time approaching a full hour. The album has been proudly published on the Artiste de Ma Vie independent record label, entirely without financial or managerial support from the corporate music industry. Suave, classy, and full of the spirit of cool jazz, “Accords” by Sund’ri Feeling is an uplifting and exotic jazz record that will appeal to audiophiles everywhere.
Sund’ri Feeling cite as main artistic influences Ella Fitzgerald, Rachel Ferrell, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Billie Holiday, Marilyn Monroe, and more, from whom their own elegant singing style has taken its powerful yet delicate shape. Hence, a great many qualities are shared between these leading ladies and the vocals of “Accords.”
In terms of composition and instrumentation, they name a broadly various group which includes (among a great many others) Chopin and Rachmaninov, Miles Davis and Jaco Pastorius, Chucho Valdés and Chick Corea. Their music is a flowing, colorful blend of cool jazz, Cuban jazz and Brazilian jazz with subtle flourishes which recall the Paris of the 1940s and ’50s.
Speaking of the themes of their new album, Sund’ri Feeling write, “’Accords’ is about Love, our love for life, traveling, heart-full experiences and the transcendence of everyday feelings. It is an anthem to beauty, peace and freedom. Melodies full of lyricism, rich harmonies, dancing rhythms, improvisation and poetic lyrics serve our vision.”
Sund’ri Feeling is a duo consisting of singer Cendrine Cingala and multi-instrumentalist Richard Layan. Hailing from the French-speaking isle of Réunion, 680 km southeast of the African island of Madagascar, these music makers bring their joie de vivre into focus with danceable, highly textured jazz that begs for the lights to be turned low.
Cendrine Cingala began singing before she could walk. Sund’ri Feeling explain that she learned to do it while sitting on the bar in her father’s club.
“All sorts of funky, groove, ethnic and dance music styles nurtured her imagination as she started dreaming of singing and dancing one day,” they write. “One of her sweetest childhood memories is of singing and improvising on various music styles, with her Dad playing the guitar. Her dream to sing has come true, and it’s only the beginning!”
Richard Layan had a more traditional background, being classically schooled at music theory and piano from the age of four to 19. Having picked up guitar along the way at 11, he quickly found interest in jazz and improvisational music.
“Classical music and jazz were the music styles my family used to listen every day,” Layan writes. “I was that lucky boy! I played (and continue playing) many instruments (strings, horns and percussion) in many styles, like rock, pop, country, bluegrass, reggae, jazz fusion, jazz, música popular brasileira, música cubana, Indian Ocean music, creole music …”
Layan has been educated in music at the master level in France, Brazil, Cuba, and Reunion island with several well-known artists and improvisers.
“I had the chance to live in Brazil for a couple of years,” Layan writes, “and learned a lot about music there. Now I live on Reunion Island, where the local music is in strong expansion, mixing traditional rhythms and instruments with external influences from the whole world, and I’m proud to be a part of it!”
“Accords” by Sund’ri Feeling is available online worldwide. Get in early.
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