Lauren Kinsella teaches jazz voice on the conservatoire's undergraduate programme. A resident of London since 2010 she continues to establish her career as an in demand vocalist, composer, band leader and educator in the UK, Ireland and Europe. Awarded vocalist of the year at the UK JazzFM Awards 2016, her practice in contemporary music spans the alternative, jazz, improvised and folk worlds with equal fascination and her performance schedule is a testament to her profile as both a leader and collaborator.
She has released albums on Edition Records, WideEarRecords, Diatribe and Two Rivers Records and her work is reviewed worldwide. Her music is regularly featured on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 6, Jazz FM and RTE Lyric FM. Recent accolades include the PRSF Women Make Music Award (2016), THSH Birmingham Jazzlines Fellowship (2015) and The Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize (2013)
Her current projects include Snowpoet, the London based six piece band with multi-instrumentalist Chris Hyson, her own ensemble and she is the featured vocalist in several recent projects including French saxophonist Julian Pontvianne’s Abhra, Turkish composer Onur Turkmenn’s ‘Sailing to Byzantium’ and Irish composer Ian Wilson’s ‘The Last Siren’.
Lauren is passionate about uniting the voice within instrumental sound and blending non-syllabic language, extended vocal technique and poetry in both improvised and composed settings – which, for her, are closely linked. At the core of her work lies a deep interest in communication and the development of improvised music within new physical and stylistic territories and it is with this impetus that she seeks to contextualize voice in sound, words and song.