MWIJF Presents: Elly Hoyt – My Nightingale & Nina Ferro –“Distance” the songs of Emily King
Friday, December 8, 2023 @ 7:30 pm
Doors open at 7:00 pm
Elly Hoyt – My Nightingale
“…Now she is a nightingale. Night after night I hear her in the garden of my sleepless dreams.” – My Nightingale by Rose Ausländer
Elly Hoyt transmutes her soulful jazz roots to indie-folk to create My Nightingale. A sound which was described by the Sunshine Coast Ukulele Festival as, “absolutely exquisite… modern soul-funk, a bit folky, a bit Celtic, with phenomenal voices, harmonies and dry humour!”
While studying in Boston USA, Elly discovered a poem by holocaust survivor Rose Ausländer that was dedicated to Ausländer’s mother. Deeply moved, and feeling the pull of Australia, Elly was driven to write new music exploring her own relationship with family, connection to place and the craft of songwriting and storytelling. This began the journey of My Nightingale.
With a new EP titled Searching for Stillness to be released in early 2024, Elly will showcase songs from the record as well as new compositions.
Elly Hoyt (voice, guitar, ukulele)
Louisa Rankin (Voice)
Emma Gilmartin (Voice)
Llewellyn Osborne (violin)
Hugh Stuckey (guitar)
Tamara Murphy (bass)
Mark Leahy (drums)
Nina Ferro –“Distance” the songs of Emily King
The Melbourne Women’s International Jazz Festival is excited to premiere Nina Ferro – “Distance” the songs of Emily King, with the virtuosic Isaac Moran on guitar as they pay a heartfelt tribute to the illustrious American singer and songwriter, Emily King. With a career that ignited in 2004 and a debut album, “East Side Story,” which graced the world in August 2007, Emily King quickly established herself as a luminary in the realm of contemporary music and R&B and is very much a singers’ singer!
Born in the heart of New York City in 1985, Emily King’s roots are steeped in the vibrant music scene of the city that never sleeps. Her formative years were spent in a modest apartment on the Lower East Side, where her parents, Marion Cowings and Kim Kalesti, formed a singing duo, frequently taking young Emily and her older brother on their musical adventures and were always exposed to music, especially jazz and classical sounds during their childhood.
At a tender age of 16, Emily King made the bold decision to leave high school after earning her GED, all in pursuit of her passion for music. Her dedication bore fruit as she began gracing the stages of iconic New York City venues, from the legendary CBGB to the renowned The Bitter End. A significant milestone in Emily King’s illustrious career occurred in December 2007, when she received a coveted Grammy nomination for “Best Contemporary R&B Album.” This recognition underscored her exceptional talent and marked her as a rising star in the world of contemporary R&B.
While living and performing in London, Nina stumbled upon a voice that would forever resonate in her soul. It was Emily King’s hauntingly beautiful original composition called “Georgia,” a gem from Emily’s EP ‘Seven,’ that ignited the spark of inspiration within Nina. From the moment the notes filled the air, Nina knew she had found something extraordinary and Emily’s material has been a constant at Nina’s shows ever since.
Nina Ferro’s voice is a force of nature, a whirlwind of emotion and technique, carrying the listener on a journey through the depths of the human experience. Her ability to convey the essence of every lyric is nothing short of remarkable. In harmonious tandem, Isaac Moran’s guitar work weaves a tapestry of intricate notes and resonant chords, painting a vivid backdrop for Nina’s vocals.
This musical pairing captures the essence of Emily King’s artistry while infusing it with their unique energy and passion.
Nina Ferro – voice
Isaac Moran – guitar