Judy Jacques' new CD 'Making Wings' further strengthens her place in the contemporary
Australian music scene. This collection of original compositions, augmented by
several traditional songs, is inspired by the search into her own ancestral past
as well as the rich history of the remarkable islands of Bass Strait.
Her exhaustive personal
and historical research has culminated in songs of striking beauty and depth.
The subject matter, treated with a poet's sensibility, has lyrics pared down to
the essence. Amazingly, Judy's voice keeps getting better!
Her deep sensual tone invokes a personal intimacy that goes to the heart
of the matter. Her mastery of dynamics has her whispering love songs one minute,
then voicing powerful gospel melisma the next.
Her CD 'Making Wings'
is an authoritative and beautiful work. This collaboration with her musicians
and special guests creates music that is hard to define. Careful listening will,
however, reveal hints of art song, gospel, improvised soundscapes, and use of
narrative through song and spoken text.
response so far...
'I didn't know music could be
Roger Taylor 3RRR
'...What makes Jacques' performance
so captivating is the emotional connection she has with its content. Whether she
is paying homage to her late grandfather or singing a traditional Aboriginal song
that mimics bird calls, Jacques' presentation melds passion and sincerity with
a deep respect for the people whose lives she is exploring...'
Sept.17thJessica Nicholas review of Montsalvat concert,
are well arranged things," says the album cover's footnote - a comment which applies
to the CD within. The soundscape is mostly acoustic and uncluttered, but with
rich textures and nicely subtle use of location sounds from the Bass Strait Islands.
Judy's rich voice and the fine players are well served by the sound engineer.
An album of very intimate music meticulously realized...'
ABC Producer, The Planet. Featured CD Thursday19th September
beautiful and decidedly poetic, it's worthy of the spectacularly lovely packaging(which
features etchings by artist Doug Hails.)
Lucky Oceans, featured CD 'Best
of the Month' The Planet ABC Radio National
Program notes from ABC
Radio National The Planet website '.."Spring Song" Traditional( Preserved via
a recording of Fanny Cochrane Smith in 1903 - in 1899 Fanny was the singer on
Australia's very first sound recording)
Doug Spencer, ABC Producer, The
Planet. Featured CD Thursday 19th September
'...I thought it was
good, She's done well, Judy visited and I'm happy she's done it'
Tasmanian. Excerpt from Simon Bevilacqua article quoting Auntie Enid Dillon (Descendant
of Fanny Cochrane Smith)