Winners of the Best Vocalist Award at the 2017 Bucharest International Jazz Competition and finalists of the British Peter Whittingham Award, the German jazz vocalist Miriam Ast and Spanish pianist Victor Gutierrez released their debut album ‚Secret Songs’ on the German label Mons Records in July 2018. Both graduates from the Royal Academy of Music, they present a personal and intimate collection of originals and jazz standard arrangements characterised by heartfelt story-telling, fresh interactions and energetic improvisations. Following a successful Kickstarter campaign last year, they have been delighted to feature the British saxophonist Stan Sulzmann on the album. The duo has performed throughout the UK and Germany including SommerNachtJazz in Mainz, Beethoven-Haus Bonn, The Lescar Sheffield, , The 606 Club and most recently as part of the world-renowned EFG London Jazz Festival. They have an exciting European tour coming up at the beginning of 2019, for dates click here.
Since 2014 Miriam Ast has been singing concerts with the established German female ensemble 'Klezmers Techter.' At the moment they perform their latest programme 'In a Klezmer's mood' together on stages all over Germany. Audiences can look forward to new material in 2019.
Check out their brand-new video recorded by Carola Schmitt in Mainz here.
The Miriam Ast Quintet is a band led by jazz singer Miriam Ast who is a Royal Academy graduate and Leeds College of Music lecturer. Miriam draws on influences from European folk music and her favourite modern poetry, and fuses jazz, folklore and free improvisation together in her original compositions. The quintet’s music is characterised by intense solo parts, collective improvisations and an appetite for interaction within the group.
Especially known for her skilful and virtuoso vocal improvisations and instrumental way of singing, Miriam enjoys a unique musical freedom with her band, resulting in astonishing musical moments.