Christine Vaindirlis

Christine Vaindirlis

 Brooklyn, New York, USA
BandWorldJazz

Born in London, raised in South Africa, and via Italy now based in NYC, Christine Vaindirlis, a true global trotter, composer, arranger and producer in her own right, and an album Dance Mama!, a SAfrojazz-Funk mix that hit the finals ISC and UK songwriting competitions and in-flight music playlists.

Biography

Born in London and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa during the most horrific and diabolic era of apartheid, intolerant of the political injustice, Christine searched for the first opportunity to pursue her passion for music and take her to new horizons. At the mere age of 17, Christine moved to Milan, Italy, with a full scholarship under her belt and not a word of Italian, to train as an opera singer at the Conservatorio di Milano G.Verdi and later the Teatro della Scala di Milano, but that wasnt enough. She wanted to have her own voice that would speak her thoughts and what was in her heart. She was endowed The Berklee College of Music Achievement Scholarship graduating with Honors in 2004 in Contemporary Writing & Production and Performance as a Voice principal, focusing on composition, arranging, orchestration, and production for a live and studio audience. She also served as an ambassador for the College on the World Scholarship Tour Auditions and in 2003, her merits were recognized by the Solo and Ensemble Award for Outstanding Musicianship.

Her extensive experience as a sideman and band leader in the many facets of the music industry over diverse stylistic approaches from classical to Funk, R&B, Rock, Jazz and World Music, she assembled an entertaining twenty-three piece Boston based band, Shikisha! promoting the Music of South Africa. However, her ambition to experiment with world music on a different level drew her to New York City in 2005. She longed to produce an album that would capture the essence and energy of her dearly missed South Africa. Enriched by her global chops and the Berklee experience which had pushed her envelope further, she ventured into putting her dream team together for her debut album, fruit of a deep sense of joy, and a heart-felt appreciation for life.
Dance Mama!, a ten track original collection of arrangements infused with syncopated rhythms of traditional jazz and South African influenced horn and powerful vocal arrangements, features the up-and- coming jazz pianist Hiromi, along with the legendary Paul Simon Graceland accordion player Tony Cedras and Grammy-award winning bassist Bakithi Kumalo, and Cape-Jazz Pennywhistle and saxophone guru, Morris Goldberg to name a few. Three of the tracks hit the finals, semi-finals and quarter-finals of the 2009 USA, International (ISC) and UK Songwriting Competitions respectively, while the album received airplay in the US, Europe and South Africa, and on the in-flight World Music play-lists on Continental, Copa, Sri Lankan, Caribbean and United Airlines. In 2010, Christine was featured on CNN International, NBCs New York Non-Stop, ESPN and Time Out New York. She has since had the privilege of performing at many prestigious music venues world wide, among which the Blue Note in New York City.

Christines voice of her deeply personal experience and transcontinental life has culminated in her songs and remains a source of profound happiness and gratitude, the sunny disposition that echoes throughout her work. It's like a house that you build, brick by brick and you never know how long its going to take or what it will be like. You cry and scream with frustration in between because you cant see the final outcome, but when you look back, you think wow! Its fascinating how far Ive come, its all going to make sense one day, Vaindirlis smiles.

Lyrics

Call To Freedom

Written By: Christine Vaindirlis


Call to Freedom

I could tell there was something on your mind
The moment that I looked at you...I saw it in your eyes
I could tell there was something going on
I know you knew it too…a little fear inside
Hear the call! Hear the call to freedom, hear the call

In a world where people want the best from you
It’s hard to find a little understanding
Dress on up and don’t forget the mask you know
Say goodbye to who you are until you….
Hear the call! Hear the call to freedom, hear the call!
I, I could tell you…I, I could tell you….hey!

I could tell there was something on your mind
The moment that I looked at you
I could tell there was something going on
I know you knew it too

I’ve been looking in your eyes, feel them talk to mine
Something’s on your mind, no I’m not dreaming
I’ve seen better days, tired of playing games
Please! Don’t tell me that I’m dreaming!
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Band:

Christine Vaindirlis (Vocals) / Hiromi (Piano, Keys) / Emanuel “Chulo” Gatewood (Bass) / Mauricio Zottarelli (Drums) / Daniel Sadownick (Percussion) / Bryan Baker (Guitar) / Dan Brantigan (Trumpet) / Gilad Ronen (Alto, Bari) / Chris Ward (Tenor)

Down by the River

Written By: Christine Vaindirlis

Down by the River

The years have passed and I still feel I’m dreaming
Times well spent are only a memory away
The little girl would still love to believe that
You were fishing somewhere in the ocean that day
Hey mama! Hey mama!

The things you taught me will always be in my heart
Your smile, your laughter your voice so strong
When it’s night time and I need to call
I’d like to think you’re out fishing, hey mama!

As I think of you down by the river everything just goes away
And at the thought of your smile I could see that
You were always there for me
As I think of you down by the river there’s only a memory
And as I imagine your words you would say that
We will make a plan then see
Out in the Ocean, down by the River
When will that big fish bring you home?

Now I’m older but sometimes I still hope
That you would call and say something strong
Every day as the dawn breaks and night falls
I’d like to think you’re out fishing….

As I think of you down by the river (somewhere out there fishing)
Everything just goes away
And at the thought of your smile I could see that (just fishing and waiting)
You were always there for me
As I think of you down by the river (somewhere out there fishing)
Now there’s only a memory
And as I imagine your words you would say that (just fishing and waiting)
We will make a plan then see…
Out in the Ocean, down by the River
When will that big fish bring you home?
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Band:

Christine Vaindirlis (Vocals and keys) / Tony Cedras (Accordion) / Bakithi Kumalo (Bass, Acoustic guitar, background vocals) / Mauricio Zottarelli (Drums) / Daniel Sadownick (percussion) / Morris Goldberg (Pennywhistle)
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Indaba

Written By: Christine Vaindirlis

Indaba (Meeting Place)

There is a place where all people go
Where the stars always shine
It’s a place for those who want to live their dreams
If you work I’m told, you can make it to the scene

Haia o wema-wemma!
It’s a place for Ikaya (work)
Haia o wema-wemma!
It’s a place for Indaba (meeting place)

A new day dawns in a brand new world
Things are changing, a place where the music never sleeps
Where there is dancing and singing and jamming, ‘till morning
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Band:

Christine Vaindirlis (Vocals) / Hiromi (Piano, Keys) / Bakithi Kumalo (Lead and background Vocals, Bass, Djembe, Talking drum) / Ansel Matthews (Background Vocals) / Mauricio Zottarelli (Drums) / Daniel Sadownick (Percussion) / Bryan Baker (Guitar) / Morris Goldberg (Pennywhistle) / Dan Brantigan (Trumpet) / Gilad Ronen (Alto) / Chris Ward (Tenor)
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Making it Home Someday

Written By: Christine Vaindirlis

Making it Home Someday
There was a time when I’d think about it Dream about it day and night Those were the days when I’d wonder how it would be Dreaming about when the day would come To fly away from Roman dreams Chasing the best days of my life Thinking about all the silent tears Those fatal years, that wasted time Thinking about all those chances thrown away Bound by the fear of the innovation
The new sensations on my own Chasing the best days of my life
And now I fly over water, it feels good to be here Now my dreams are on the border
Of making it home, of making it home someday

I will make it home some day
Someday I know I will make it home Now I fly, now I fly like an eagle with the wind,
Chasing all those dreams, I will make it home As we fly over water we see the dawn
Someday I will make it back home

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Band:

Christine Vaindirlis (Vocals) / Ansel Matthews (Background Vocals) / Hiromi (Piano) / Emanuel
“Chulo” Gatewood (Bass) / Mauricio Zottarelli (Drums) / Daniel Sadownick (Percussion) / Bryan Baker (Guitar)

Dance Mama

Written By: Christine Vaindirlis

Dance Mama

As I open my eyes I see your smile,
Come rain or come shine you’re always around,
In the middle of the night you’re watching somehow,
And if I wake up and cry I’m never alone

Dance Mama, dance Ma!
Dance Mama, dance Ma!
Do the pata-pata, dance ma!
Do the pata-pata, dance ma!
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Comments:

I’m one of those people who believes and has faith in God. I wrote this song because whether in good times or bad, I know God is always watching and taking care of me 24/7. This brings me happiness and makes me want to dance.

Pata-Pata, is the name of a dance from Johannesburg, South Africa and a song that was sung by one of my favorite singers, Miriam Makeba. When the pata-pata would start to play, everybody would start to dance, it’s one of those songs that makes you feel good. It reminds me of home and brings back good memories. Rest in Peace Mama Africa!
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Band:

Christine Vaindirlis (Lead and background vocals) / Hiromi (Piano, Keys) / Tony Cedras (A ccordion) / Bakithi Kumalo (Bass & Background Vocals) / Mauricio Zottarelli (Drums ) / Daniel Sadownick (Percussion) / Bryan Baker (Guitar) / Dan Brantigan (Flugel Horn, Trumpet) / Gilad Ronen (Alto) / Chris Ward (Tenor)

This is My Place

Written By: Christine Vaindirlis

This is my place

Too many troubled people
Living in a world of history
They paid a price too high
Their struggle led to victory
To bring an end to pain
New beginnings raising a new nation
And as the blood of many cries
Can’t you see it was for you and me?
This is my place, Woza Moya
(Come Holy Spirit!)

Too many precious people
Living in a world with dreams
They paid a price too high
They did it all to give us opportunity
And as we embrace a brand new day
Work together for the wave of change
Nurture our developing economy
That’s made strides in history
Now we’re in a new transition
Foreign political persecution
HIV, job creation, oh yes! There’s inflation!
As we embrace a brand new day
Work together for the wave of change
Somehow God will make a way…ooh!

This is my place, Woza Moya
(Come Holy Spirit!)
Look at all those children
Hoping for a better future and reality

Maybe in the springtime, we’ll play in the sun
Just like children, na-na-na-na-na!
Maybe in the springtime, our hearts will be…..
Just like children, na-na-na-na-na!
Nkosi sikelel’ iAfrica (God bless Africa!)

Too many precious people
Living in a world of history
They paid a price too high
They did it all to give us opportunity
To make our country free, yeah!
It all belongs to you and me
And we can make the change, yeah!

It’s time to stop and quit the fight
No matter if we’re black or white
I say it’s time! I say…I!
This is my place….this is my home!!
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Band:

Christine Vaindirlis (Vocals, Drum programming) / Oliver Rockberger (Piano) / Bakithi Kumalo (Bass) / Daniel Sadownick (Percussion) / Bryan Baker (Guitar) / Gilad Ronen (Alto)

Fighting or Surviving

Written By: Christine Vaindirlis

Fighting or Surviving

Hey pretty babe, walking out on the street
Maybe, you’ve got something for me
It’s a crazy race
You’ve gotta run to keep your speed
Ride the beat
We forget a human smile
(And) souls that are in need

Fighting or Surviving?
You know that we can make a difference
Fighting or Surviving?
We can get through this together

Hey pretty babe
While you’re playing your game
Maybe, you think there’s no other way
If you look around
You’ll see that people are in need of love
We forget a human smile
(And) souls that are in need
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Comment:

Whether we’re fighting or surviving the economic crisis, disease, violence, loss, life…
let us not forget the love for each other, for together we stand and divided we fall.
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Band:

Christine Vaindirlis (Vocals) / Hiromi (Piano, Fender Rhodes), Marco Panascia (Bass) / Mauricio Zottarelli (Drums) / Daniel Sadownick (Percussion) / Bryan Baker (Guitar) / Dan Brantigan (Trumpet) / Gilad Ronen (Alto) / Chris Ward (Tenor)

Should I Make You Pay?

Written By: Christine Vaindirlis

Should I Make You Pay?

Sometimes things happen
Don’t know why…
We look for the answer
While playing with fire
Wanting to believe that
Circumstances somehow
Someday, might change
While our emotions go
Out in flames

Life’s full of lessons
Hard to grasp
Experience the fashion
Of being ones self
Sometimes we forget that
Other people bring treasures
To our lives
While our emotions go
Out in flames

(Why? Oh! why?)
Should I make you pay
for what you’re not to blame?
(Why? Oh! Why?)
Should I make you pay?
For all the dirty games
Other people play

Putting aside our emotions
We analyze the game
Look at the good things in life
Don’t jeopardize your joy!

Why should we make other people pay for the weaknesses in our character?
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Band:

Christine Vaindirlis (Vocals, synths) / Hiromi (Piano) / Bakithi Kumalo (Bass) / Mauricio Zottarelli (Drums) / Daniel Sadownick (Percussion) / Bryan Baker (Guitar) / Dan Brantigan (Trumpet) / Gilad Ronen (Alto) / Chris Ward (Tenor)

No More drama

Written By: Christine Vaindirlis


No more drama

You used to be the one for me
Blinded by love, I couldn’t see
But I got tired of a broken heart and your ups and downs
Now I know, when I need you, you’re not around.

Then you’ll be crying water alone
When you realize what you had is gone
And it won’t be long before you try and make it right
The harder you try, it’s still gonna be goodbye

No more…drama (drama) No more…drama babe
No more…drama (drama)
No more…drama babe…hey!

It’s time for me to do some talking
And babe this time you can do the walking
So don’t come round here sad and screaming telling lies
Today’s my day I say, “I’m Free!, I’m gonna be alright!”

Then you’ll be crying water alone
When you realize what you had is gone
And it won’t be long…and it won’t be long before you try
But I got to say, no more drama!! No more drama babe!
You’re gonna be crying all alone
And it won’t be long! Hey!
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Christine Vaindirlis (Vocals) / Hiromi (Piano, Fender Rhodes) / Emanuel “Chulo” Gatewood (Bass) / Mauricio Zottarelli (Drums) / Daniel Sadownick (Percussion) / Bryan Baker (Guitar) / Dan Brantigan (Trumpet) / Gilad Ronen (Alto, Bari) / Chris Ward (Tenor)

Tell Me

Written By: Christine Vaindirlis


Tell Me

Tell me all about it.
Who do you think you are?
I’m a woman, got my pride, yeah!
Now you’ve gone too far!
Won’t somebody tell me all about it?
Who do you think you are?
I am a woman, got my pride yeah!
Now you’ve gone to far!

See you every day in the morning
“Morning Jane!”, what does it take?
Have a cup of tea, a little coffee, smile and relax
And when you ask for something a little snappy,
I don’t understand why you have to be so nasty
Tell me, what’s up with that?
Tell me all about it…

Think there was ever some misunderstanding,
Funny how life turns your expectations around
And next thing you know it’s taken you all over
Sit back and enjoy the rollercoaster
Never know what’s coming for ya
Just sit back….and enjoy the ride.
Won’t somebody tell me?
Tell me all about it….

I…I’m not your mother, your father, your sister, your brother
And just ‘cause you’ve got money you think you can abuse me, No!
I’m not your mother, your father, your sister, your brother
And just ‘cause money’s power you think you can degrade me, No!
I’m not your mother, your father, your sister, your brother
And just ‘cause you’ve got money you think you can degrade me, No!
Won’t somebody tell me, tell me all about it…..

Don’t you know when the time has come
You will reap back what you sow?
Does it cost you now, to be kind?
And how’s your soul?
Don’t you know that now? You will reap back….
____________________________Band;

Christine Vaindirlis (Vocals, Additional Percussion, Synth & Vocal programming) / Hiromi (Keys) /
Marco Panascia (Accoustic Bass) / Mauricio Zottarelli (Drums) / Daniel Sadownick (Percussion) /
Bryan Baker (Guitar) / Dan Brantigan (Trumpet) / Gilad Ronen (Alto) / Chris Ward (Tenor)

Discography

"Tony Cedras" documentary recording 2012

"Mozik" Vocals & recording, 2011

"Dance Mama!" Recorded in New York City, 2009

"What about You?" - single - under deepaGrooves remixed by Clive Mckenzie, Keith Blackstone, Brian Burnside in the US and Charles Webster (UK/Europe)

Christine Vaindirlis "Dream Concert" Live DVD -2004

"Shikisha! The Music of South Africa" Live recorded at the Berklee Performance Center 2003

Set List

45mins
1. No More Drama
2. Call To Freedom
3. This is My Place
4. Dance Mama
5. Pata-Pata
6. Fighting or Surviving
7. Tell Me
8. Beyond the Game

45 mins
1. Tell Me
2. Pouring Rain
3. Africa
4. No More Drama
5. Saduva
6. Making it Home Someday
7. Should I Make You Pay?
8. Fighting or Surviving