Cyrille Aimée; Monday, June 3, 2013


Cyrille Aimée
Monday, June 3, 2013
Kuumbwa Jazz

“…a one-woman rhythm machine.” – New York Times

Born in France to a French father and a Dominican mother, Cyrille Aimée (pronounced Surreal M – A) has a sound that crosses genres and borders alike. Although she could be categorized simply as a jazz vocalist, Aimée presents a new, dynamic sound that often features her looping her own vocals, creating beats, textures and rhythms that present a tough and driving sound; a glorious counterpoint to her melodious voice. Cyrille Aimée was a finalist in the prestigious Thelonious Monk Vocal Competition of 2010, performing in front of a jury of Al Jarreau, Kurt Elling, Dianne Reeves, Dee Dee Bridgewater. Aimée has toured the world over, won both the first and public prize in the Montreux Jazz Festival Competition in 2007, garnered numerous accolades from NPR and is fast becoming a fixture on the Manhattan jazz scene.

Aimée mastered the art of improvisation while studying at the well- known conservatory of jazz at SUNY Purchase, with teachers such as Pete Malinverni, Jon Faddis and Jimmy Greene. As the New York Times duly notes “Michael Jackson brushes shoulders with Sarah Vaughn in the person of Cyrille Aimée, a saucy, curly-haired jazz singer with one foot in tradition and the other in electronics.”  With her dexterous and buoyant voice, she brings a playfulness to songs across genres, from standards to A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes, to pop classics such as Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Fortunate Son, giving all of them a signature treatment and plenty of unexpected twists.

Aimée’s discography and musical history is an impressive list for any musician, jazz or otherwise. At the young age of 26, she has already released four CDs internationally, including Cyrille Aimée & The Surreal Band and Smile with Brazilian guitarist Diego Figueiredo. Her newest recorded offering is 2013’s Live at Birdland, which encompasses the full creative arc that is a Cyrille Aimée concert. As her recorded output shows, the true heart of Aimée’s talent lies in her live performances.

Aimée has proven herself to be a rising talent in the modern age of jazz. Internationally renowned and praised for her unparalleled abilities, Aimée’s vocal stylings are synonymous with musical genius. Her culturally rich background has supplied her with the driving force of Dominican rhythm and the incredible swing of the French Gypsies. Taking these natural abilities with her across the world, she has done nothing short of receiving rave reviews and a loyal following in each country she graces with her voice.

Cyrille Aimée

DATE: Monday, June 3, 2013
PLACE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIME: 7:00 PM
PRICE: $20/Adv $23/Door
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at:
MORE INFO: or 831-427-2227 

Media contact:
Steve Frumpkin


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