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Most Recent Castaway - 26th September, 2014
Lisa Engelken (2014)

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"JazzTimes" calls vocalist and bandleader Lisa Engelken "an utter original" who "defines the ‘extra’ in extraordinary”.

Born the youngest of thirteen children in Big Skies, Kansas, Lisa attributes her assertiveness to her place in that extensive line-up. Living on a farm--its "street address" was literally a Rural Route-—her earliest audiences were milk cows and tomato plants, which heard her singing Joni Mitchell songs. Her subsequent operatic and theatrical training couldn't polish off her rough edges as she continues to infuse her vocal stylings with sheer joy, crankiness and irony.

After living in Italy, Lisa moved to Washington, DC, where she co-founded the alt-jazz sextet The Zimmermans, and the jazz lounge quintet, Black Olive. During her time in DC, she was also flying down south to front the theatrical pop-rock The Sugar La-Las in Birmingham, AL.

Lisa relocated to the Bay Area, and immediately set to work as a composer, vocal coach and chanteuse. She was awarded the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award for her work role as Yitzhak in "Hedwig and the Angry Inch." She has written, arranged and produced her jazz vocal releases "Caravan" (2010) and "Little Warrior" (2013), and is currently enrolled in an audio and video production program to further hone her production and engineering skills.
Pick Artist Album Song Label
# 1 Joyce Gafieira Moderna Samba da Silvia Far Out Recordings
# 2 Charles Mingus Mingus Ah-Um Boogie Stop Shuffle Columbia
# 3 Various Artists Jesus Christ Superstar Damned for All Time MCA
# 4 Tom Waits Blue Valentine $29 Warner Bros
# 5 Wayne Shorter Night Dreamer Oriental Folk Song Blue Note
# 6 Airto Moreira and Flora Purim Fourth World Capoeira da Mente Melt 2000
# 7 Prince Around the World in a Day Tamborine Warner Bros
# 8 Jaco Pastorius The Best of Jaco Pastorius Portrait of Tracy Epic
# 9 Miles Davis Nefertiti Fall Columbia
         
Book Dante Alighieri, "The Divine Comedy", unabridged and annotated
         
Luxury Item "A grand piano, or else a limitless supply of paper and ink"