Esther Celebrini
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Esther Celebrini

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Portraits in the Green Room - 7 song CD released independently January 2006



Esther Celebrini is emerging as a new breed of musician, part singer-songwriter, part jazz artist. Performing mostly on her own with vocals and piano, Esther echoes the lineage of jazz divas like Shirley Horn, Nina Simone, Diana Krall and Norah Jones and yet it is her songwriting that carries her beyond solely interpreting jazz standards. Influenced by poetic lyricists like Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan, Esther started song-writing at a tender age and pouring her thoughts and musings into songs. Her songwriting has garnered hera semi-finalist spot in the Independent World Music Series of 2006 as well as a performance spot with the New York Songwriter’s Circle at the famous Bitter End club in Greenwich Village, New York.

Originally born and raised in Taiwan and Singapore, Esther was always surrounded by musicians and actors because her mother was a famous pop singer who was discovered through a television talent show at the age of 14. Growing up with so much celebrity and attention, Esther took a different path early on in her life and held back the notion of entering “show business”, pursuing academics and natural sciences. When her family moved from Asia to Canada, Esther had a natural outlet for her thoughts and frustrations as she channeled the challenges of a changing environment into playing and writing music. After completing a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology and working in the scientific field, Esther realized there was something fundamentally missing in her life and she started embracing her true calling as a poet and musician. Fortunately, Esther was able to hook up with some of the premier jazz musicians from the West Coast and honed her skills as vocalist as well as jazz pianist as she took to her path in music. She has an associate diploma in classical piano from the London College of Music and has studied with the acclaimed jazz piano legend Bob Murphy as well as the famed Russian vocal instructor Nikolai Kolesnikov.

Esther hosts a regular show in Vancouver featuring live painting and her solo gig of orginals, jazz and poetic standards.
Esther’s debut production and CD collection "Portraits in the Green Room" features seven beautifully crafted originals performed by a full rhythm section with string orchestration. Initial reviews have hailed the singer-songwriter as an exciting talent to watch. “Her songs ripe with poetry, her voice haunting and nostalgic and her songwriting catchy, vibrant and refreshing.” She is currently working on a live album which will feature her playing her best performance as a soloist: just a voice and a piano exchanging lines of poetry.