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14 January 2024
Pianist Lynne Arriale releases new suite of socially aware compositions

Pianist-composer Lynne Arriale releases Being Human, her 17th album as a leader, on Challenge Records International on March 1st.

 

Comprising a suite of ten original compositions, it features the Milwaukee-born Arriale with bassist Alon Near and drummer Lukasz Zyta.

 

In keeping with the social awareness shown on previous albums – she highlighted the often-overlooked political aspect of the Guess Who’s hit song American Woman in one collection, the suite was written in response to the division and turmoil in the world. It includes dedications climate activist Greta Thunberg, National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman and Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai. 

 

"The music focuses on qualities we all share, that define our humanity,” says Arriale. “I hope this album will be uplifting and convey a sense of unity and optimism. The dedications reflect my admiration for those who I feel personify the traits that inspired the music."

 

Arriale has been a significant and distinctive voice in the jazz world over a career spanning three decades. She has performed on the most prestigious international concert stages and and toured to innumerable countries including Brazil, South Africa, China and Scotland, where she has appeared at Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival. She appears at Pizza Express in London on April 8 and 9.

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