Lesley Kernochan is a singer, composer/songwriter, saxophonist, and saw player. Her B.A. in Music Composition at Lewis & Clark College introduced her to a rich community of musicians in the Portland area. This led her to three years of composing and touring on saxophone and voice with The March Fourth Marching Band. Meanwhile, she studied opera with Barbara Skipworth and from there joined the internationally-touring music group Vagabond Opera as their cabaret and opera singing, saxophone and saw playing, diva. In addition to her performing life, she has two independently released solo albums of original music including Undulating (2006), and The Pickle Jar (2008). For more information on Lesley's upcoming shows, music, or story please visit Lesley at Reverbnation..
The new album is here! From simple bluegrassy tunes, to solo piano ballads, to fully-orchestrated tangos, this album is full of variety and heart. Unlike the first album, which is mostly a capella, this music uses a wide selection of instruments played by a very talented group of musicians from Portland, Oregon including Drew Shoals on drums, Arthur Parker on bass, Jamie Stillway on guitar, Skip von Kuske on cello, and Lesley on piano and vocals. Enjoy!
Celebrated as an "A-" album by the Oregonian, this predominantly a cappella creation blends luscious layers of vocal harmonies with soulful and creative lyrics. According to Daniel Flessas of Portland’s KBOO 98.1, Undulating is "filled with unending smile-inducing brilliance! This CD is the best surprise of the year so far."
Saltwater is a piece for Piano and Voice written for my grandmother’s memorial service. This music tells a story of the fragments of memories we hold and unfold for each other. “Close your eyes gently, I’ll sing you a memory that was hiding behind the shelf. I’ll dust off the years with my saltwater tears, and now I can see your face…”
Listen to Lesley Kernochan's Saltwater MP3.
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