Marijke Jährling
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Marijke Jährling

With nearly a four octave range, Dutch-German vocalist and lyricist, Marijke Jährling paints pictures, builds sculptures of transparent beauty, and tells touching stories of life. Her singing reflects her artistic career, her life, and her various experiences.

Edu­cat­ed by var­i­ous inter­na­tion­al artists includ­ing the Coun­tertenor Oliv­er May, she was taught Jazz singing by Diethra Bish­op (Hil­ver­sum, NL) and Fay Vic­tor (NY,USA). The New York based vocal­ist said about Marijke’s skills: “You’re a great jazz singer, great affin­i­ty, very musi­cal”. Addi­tion­al­ly she worked with, among oth­ers, bassists Jür­gen Wuch­n­er, Nor­bert Döm­ling (Darm­stadt, Ger­many), Jon Sass (Vienna/New York) and Oliv­er Stei­dle (Berlin, Ger­many), as well as with New York based pianist Mar­co di Gen­naro. His said her singing was: “Out­stand­ing! It was a plea­sure for me”.

In 2011 she appeared as a vocal­ist on the CD Lunch Love Live (Sound&More), pro­duced by composer/guitarist André Cézanne. For that CD she wrote most of the lyrics and per­formed in a wide styl­is­tic range: from Blues to del­i­cate Bossa, French chan­son to clas­si­cal inter­pre­ta­tions of Fer­nan­do Pes­soa-poems. From 2012 until 2016 she embod­ied Bil­lie Hol­i­day in the play Billie’s Blues which she wrote. It was high­ly acclaimed and ran at the West Side The­atre (Darmstadt/Germany). The CD Por­trait of a Lady was released in April 2013 (Sound &More) as an homage to Bil­lie. Also in 2015 she toured suc­cess­ful­ly as a leader of her own band, NOLA.

In 2016 she wrote the play Men­sch, Kurt! about Ger­man jour­nal­ist and author Kurt Tuchol­sky (1890–1935). She wrote the music to some of his poet­ry. Again her singing and act­ing were acclaimed by press and pub­lic. She also per­formed Stum­mvo­gelschreie, which is an avant-garde pro­gram based on her own poet­ry. Here she impro­vised with the sax­o­phon­ist Eric Plandé, using all sound pos­si­bil­i­ties, includ­ing that of the bod­ies of their instru­ments as per­cu­sion. “An aston­ish­ing evening, cross­ing all bor­ders” accord­ing to Johannes Breck­n­er (Darm­städter Echo).

2017 she released Spheres of Monk at DOT TIME RECORDS.

Actu­al­ly she works on new arrange­ments of Kurt Weill music in coop­er­a­tion with SCHOTT Ver­lag und WEILL FOUNDATION and writes music to the poet­ry of Kurt Tuchol­sky. Because o the pas­sion of the both for Paris she trans­lat­ed the text in French. The release (Lai­ka RECORDS) is in Sep­tem­ber at inter­na­tion­al KURT-WEILL-FEST in Dessau and anniver­sary of Tuchol­sky-Bühne in Minden.