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Katie DuTemple – CD Release
October 15, 2013 @ 8:30 pm$15 – $18
Katie DuTemple believes music is the supreme form of expression: Katie’s singing and compositional styles are always saturated with emotion. She composes and sings with a combination of heart and mind that form a delicate balance of intellect and passion in her music.
Born in Montreal and raised in Toronto, Istanbul and Prague, she discovered her love for singing at the age of 15 while living with her family overseas.
Immersed from an early age in European jazz, electronic and world music, her unique writing sense is inspired from the musical culture she experienced while living as an expat. Through sampling albums at Bontonland and listening to Radio Jedna in Prague, she fell in love with trip hop, downtempo, drum and bass. Groups like Lamb, Massive Attack, Sneaker Pimps, Zero 7 and Portishead shaped her aesthetic. The laid back grooves and lush soundscapes were the draw, but the subtle and powerful female vocals were what really inspired her to start singing.
Katie started writing and performing music while a student at York University in Toronto, where she studied with an impressive group of talented musicians. Under the tutelage of her brilliant private instructor Sacha Williamson and the great Bob Fenton (who played with Billie Holiday, among other jazz greats), Katie began to develop her unique style of singing.
Through jazz standards and listening to the greats such as Shirley Horn, Ella and Billie, she learned to put her own stamp on songs that have been sung for generations. By backphrasing and bringing out the words in each song, she gives them meaning in relation to her own experience. The idea of conveying a story and emotion through song would become the focus of her musical interpretation.
It was also at York that she developed lasting musical relationships with fellow students, including collaborations with Robb Cappeletto on electric guitar, James McEleney on bass and Jon Foster on drums.
By blending jazz with trip hop, drum and bass and other musical genres such as jazz, dub, reggae, folk, rock and pop, Katie’s compositions are honest, exciting, eclectic and bring a fresh perspective to music interpretation. While her lyrics can be sparse, she is a believer in creating more with less. Through her voice and the use of dynamics, she is able to create powerful moments with a simple line or melody. Her voice is clear and her tone is pure but it is the subtlety with the way she manipulates her voice to create emotion that sets her apart from others.
With her band, Katie has performed at various venues in Toronto including Revival for the Nu Jazz festival, the Horseshoe Tavern, C’est What, the Cameron House and the Tranzac, to name a few. She was also selected to play Indie Week 2012.