Elly Hoyt ‘The Composer’s Voice – Celebrating Australian Women Composers’
Elly Hoyt returns to Australia to launch her latest album The Composers’ Voice: Celebrating Australian Women Composers. It is comprised of entirely original compositions by Andrea Keller, Gian Slater, Georgia Weber, Louise Denson, Sonja Horbelt, Shannon Barnett, Tamara Murphy and Hoyt herself.
Motivated by recent discussions around women representation in the music industry and the experience of women in the arts, Hoyt reflects that she wanted to investigate women’s stories through composition.
The pieces explore relevant themes important to Hoyt and the composers including determination, fighting self-doubt, dismantling patriarchal systems, social change, being heard, death, grief, love and following your dreams.
Elly Hoyt is a Tasmanian born vocalist-composer currently living in London. Her two albums Elly Hoyt and Oranges and Sunshine have gained her praise from All About Jazz (“soulful and quietly commanding”), Limelight magazine (“taste, sensitivity and swing”), and The Music Trust (“not afraid to take risks”). Hoyt’s accolades include a Bell Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album, the Generations in Jazz Vocal Scholarship and a Marten Bequest Traveling Scholarship to study a Masters of Jazz Performance at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, USA and nominated for a Freedman Fellowship 2013 and 2019. Career highlights also include supporting US pianist Kenny Barron and performing for Prince Charles and Camilla
What they say about Elly Hoyt:
“From the moment I first heard Elly sing, I knew she had that classic, indefinable thing that makes one a jazz singer. It’s not just a sound, or a choice of notes but a way of approaching a song that lets the listener know – this is the real thing.” – James Morrison
“Elly Hoyt has a standard-issue Australian accent, except when she sings. Then she sounds as if she belongs in a jazz bar in Manhattan…” – Stephen Matchett (The Australian)
“Elly’s distinctive, blues-inflected voice is soulful and quietly commanding.” – Ian Patterson (All about Jazz)
Elly Hoyt – Vocals, Steve Barry – Piano, Hannah James – Double Bass Dave Goodman – Drums, Eamon Dilworth- Trumpet