|Lisa Engelken (2014)|
(Photo by Will Hull)
|"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.
|# 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"|