Louise Isackson
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Louise Isackson

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia | SELF

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia | SELF
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"A Stellar Performance"

LOUISE ISACKSON - CD LAUNCH Review “FEELS RIGHT” - Brisbane Powerhouse Visy Theatre 11th June 2008.

The thing about album launches, is they’re designed for one of two purposes; to generate publicity for an unknown artist, or to capitalise on the success of an established one. Though fitting into the former category, Louise Isackson is no stranger to the craft of jazz interpretation, nor the pressures of social expectations. Her launch at the Brisbane powerhouse on the 11th June was met with much enthusiasm and love. She was backed by Steve Newcomb, Peter Walters, Dave McGuire and John Parker, with whom she recorded her debut recording, "Feel's Right." Opening with "You and the night and the music", Louise appeared timid and slightly overwhelmed with the attendance. Three songs and rounds of applause later, however, she hit her stride delivering "Ooh child" and "Something so right" with passion and energy. Between songs, her influences were touched upon and lyrics and composers were discussed, notably some of her favourites; George Gershwin, Leonard Cohen and Irving Berlin. Raymond Silva, her New York based producer who helped create the album, was given his dues with admiration and humour.

To break up the set, Louise performed "If I loved you"and "Embraceable you" with Newcombe before a stellar version of "Exactly like you" with only bass accompaniment. Throughout the night, her dynamic ability and range shone as her voice went from barely a whisper to full power and back in an instant, displaying the fruits of early classical training. The rhythm section were in fine form, with the Parker/McGuire combination contributing to the bands thoroughly modern sound. The crowd applauded within three bars of "First we take manhattan", a testament to Louise's taste and openness. "Summertime" and "Streetlife" were treated to African rhythms and funk grooves before the encore "Route 66" sealed the deal and ended a night launching an album "Four years leadup to the making". It was her humility, humour and versatility that won over the non-jazz listeners, and her pure talent and enthusiasm that did it for the rest of us.
- Jazz Queensland


Discography

"Feels Right" Debut CD, launched at Brisbane Powerhouse June 2008. Official release in stores February 2009.

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Pure class, sophistication, and a smooth vocal journey! Sweet, Soft, Gentle and pure is the voice that comes from Louise's heart and soul." "Feels Right" The timing? The sound? The repertoire? All of the above. The debut album from singing sensation Louise Isackson DOES feel right. It pushes the right buttons, stirs the right emotions.

Louise Isackson, Jazz vocalist, musician and fine artist is at a glance captivating, tall with pretty green eyes and beautiful long blonde hair, but beneath her Scandinavian beauty lives a passion for excellence.

Louise loves all things creative and is always on a quest for her own truth that underpins her musical and artistic expression.

Musically accomplished and artistically talented, Louise was exposed to the performing arts from an early age. She started learning piano at age five. According to her immediate family Louise’s creativity is a genetic predisposition. A gift at birth, a given, a driving force that shines through her spirit. “I’ve loved music and art for as long as I can remember,” Louise says with knowing delight. If I wasn’t singing I was drawing or something to occupy this creative space – it’s a place filled with all sorts of creative things - creativity is my engine.”