Street Date: June 1, 2016
Release Concert: Shapeshifter Lab, Brooklyn, June 16 & Club Bonafide, New York, June 24
Born and raised in Israel, Sivan Arbel studied in Dublin, Ireland before moving to New York City, where she currently resides. Accompanied by a collective of international musicians, Sivan's multicultural journey shines through over the course of "Broken Lines". "The sound of this album is inspired by all of the people I have encountered and the experiences I have had along my journey," says Sivan, "..."Broken Lines" personifies the journey of an organic musician."
Six of the seven tracks are original compositions and each one tells a unique and compelling story with each lyric carefully crafted and bolstered by the musical current below it. "Every note I sing and lyric I write has enormous meaning behind it," she says. The deeply personal nature of the album is evident on "Analysis", which highlights its emotional lyrics over dreamy arpeggios to cacophony, on the sweeping dedication to her father, "For Aba", and on the driving "Open My Tube of Art". On the Miles Davis-Bill Evans opus "Blue and Green" her creativity as an improviser and arranger is on full display.
To celebrate the release of "Broken Lines", Sivan will be appearing at Shapeshifter Lab in Brooklyn, NY on June 16th at 9:30 PM and at Club Bonafide in New York, NY on June 24th at 11 PM.
ABOUT SIVAN ARBEL:
Originally from Israel, Sivan Arbel is a graduate of the Rimon School of Music in Israel as well as the Newpark Music Centre in Dublin, Ireland. Before relocating to New York City in 2014, Sivan established herself as a prominent vocalist in Israel with her quartet and eventually went on to represent Israel in 2012 as the headliner at the Israeli Independence Day celebration in Venezuela. In 2014, Sivan represented the Newpark Music Centre in Cape Town, South Africa at the prestigious International Association of Schools of Jazz conference spearheaded by NEA Jazz Master Dave Liebman. Following the IASJ, Sivan made her move to New York City, where she quickly established herself as a rising star.
TRAVIS ROGERS JR
Broken Lines” is a wonder. Sivan Arbel has captured love and longing, respect and reflection, and then set loose an emotional and lyrical watercolor that remains fresh and lively long after the album has ended. To transmit such joy—and for it to remain so long after—must be the greatest gift one can give. So it is with Sivan, she imparts joy and it remains. Full review here.
THE OTTAWA CITIZEN
"...but when the ad hoc group finally launched into There Will Never Be Another You, the singer was all in, singing and scatting, showing off admirable power, poise, creativity and interaction." Read the full interview here.
A SLICE OF JAZZ
What I found most impressive is the arrangements. Arbel is clearly a very adept composer and arrangers. She writes consistently interesting and engaging songs that never do what you would expect them to but always take you along! Listen to the audio review, starting about 00:25 in here.
"A non-traditional jazz vocalist, Arbel is neither thrush nor art chick and is trying mightily to blaze her own trail. A creative set aimed at creative seeking ears, this pushes the boundaries nicely." Full review here.
"The debut album of a young Israeli woman Sivan Arbel I was pleasantly surprised." Full review here.
It’s rare these days that you find a vocalist who’s both original and enjoyable. Sivan Arbel will warm your heart on this album, as her flexible yet swinging voice takes you where you want to go and even deper. Full review here.
THE JAZZ WRITER
"Arbel seamlessly weaves lyrics, chants, scats and instrumental breaks into a colorful tapestry of sound... Her scatting ability could easily have been borrowed from the textbook of Ella Fitzgerald." Read more.
RAUL DA GAMA
WORLD MUSIC REPORT
"Sivan Arbel is negotiating the veritable minefield of music in New York with brazen confidence and appears likely to make more interesting and ever wonderful music as a result." Read full review here.