“Imogen Ryall more than holds her own in
an exceptionally strong current UK jazz vocal scene. Her depth of expression,
creativity, technique and musicianship are a constant source of joy and
surprise to me”Julian Nicholas
"...outstanding lyric writing and wordless vocals from Imogen Ryall applied to compositions by the likes of Carla Bley and Larry Goldings" JazzViews
Preview by Claire Martin OBE.....
"Imogen Ryall is without doubt a hidden gem on the UK jazz scene. With hertender, authentic and from the heart. The exceptional pairing of pianist Mark Edwards and saxophonist Julian Nicholas make up the Anöna Trio and they dance beautifully around her voice to take us on a sonic journey of venturesome arrangements of much loved standards alongside well crafted originals which give Ryall’s distinctive gift of lyric writing the perfect platform. As they have made much music together over the years, this album showcases not only their world class musicianship but also their own distinctive synergy and I couldn’t recommend it highly enough. A total joy from start to finish".
Imogen made her singing debut at the age of 17 at The Chichester Jazz Festival, which was broadcast on BBC Radio 2 . Alumni of the renowned Guildhall School of Music & Drama and former member
of The National Youth Jazz Orchestra, Imogen’s career has since encompassed
several recordings, a three-year residency at London’s prestigious Dorchester
Hotel and several tours of Europe, the Middle East and South Korea. Closer to home, she has performed at London's Jazz Café, 606 Club, Ronnie
Scott’s Jazz Club and the Barbican Hall and has worked with many of the
country’s finest jazz artists including Julian Nicholas (Loose Tubes), Bobby
Wellins, Liam Noble, and Jim Mullen.
Imogen's extensive repertoire also incorporates a number of 'vocalese'
compositions and she has written lyrics to standard tunes and instrumental
solos including Charlie Haden’s 'Waltz for Ruth’ and Charlie Parker’s 'My Little
Suede Shoes'. Her lyrics to Bobby Wellins' 'CU CB', Larry Golding’s' 'Mixed
Message' and 'Lawns' by Carla Bley, can all be heard on her forthcoming Quintet
Currently, Imogen is a member of Mark Edwards’ Cloggz. ‘A Rain Of Stars’
co-written by Imogen and Edwards and featured on debut release Sawdust &
Spangles which reached No.5 in the iTunes chart was described by Clare Teal
(BBC Radio 2) as a “Stand-out song.”
"... Their sprite set showcased Ryall’s quiet power and articulation. Her newly
written lyrics and rapid scat particularly her loose, edgy wordplay combined with
Julian Nicholas’ sizzling tenor sax to agreeable effect.". Jon Newey, JazzWise Magazine
"The input of vocalist Imogen Ryall also brings a subtle power to the musical
palette." Kevin Le Gendre, BBC Radio 3
“A very lovely voice indeed”
Sarah Ward (Jazz FM)
"The addition of the honey-toned but incisive voice of Imogen Ryall was the icing on the cake. Her pitching flawless, she somehow manages to combine an apparently effortless precision with a warm, inviting sound, drawing the listener in to her beguiling world.Ryall had written lyrics to several existing instrumental tunes, and these were really very good. Intelligent, fitting and not at all laboured, as can be the case in lesser hands. An impressive and very promising commencement gig, leaving the audience hungry for more".