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“Kadri Voorand is a first class joyfully rousing entertainer with a great voice, great timing with a group of first class musicians closely tied together and flexibly underpinning her spontaneous asides and excursions. She was the only one that evening to be demanded urgently for an encore. Voorand is a hi-fly as well as earthy type of artist who is able to sing on top level in different contexts (witness her contribution to the recent recording of Estonian composer Tõnu Kõrvits’ album Mirror (ECM New Series). In her performance, “directed” from the piano chair, élan, tempo, spirit and soul went hand in hand. She sang in her native language and when she shifted to wordless singing it by far transcended old school scatting. At times it recalled Portuguese singer Maria João. With her performance she proved to be a unique thoroughbred entertainer on a high musical level who hits people’s body and soul. In that capacity she clearly deserves still more international exposure.” (London Jazz News)

“What is distinctive about a Voorand performance is its dual commitment to the written word and towordless improvisation. Voorand’s relationship to words is that of a skilled actress in dramaticrecitation, but she frequently abandoned words and turned her airy soprano voice into a wailing, scatting instrument.” (Thomas Conrad/ JazzTimes New York)

“Voorand’s interpretations ranged from whispers, jests and romantic murmurs to smooth, intimate storytelling. Even untranslated language was clear.”(Phillip Woolever, allaboutjazz)

“She is experimental, fun and appears on stage with incredible level of energy.” (Jan Granlie/Jazznytt)

“Kadri is singing in estonian, but the power and energy in her voice moves the listeners heart even without words.” (Cyril Moshkow; Jazz.ru)

Kadri Voorand is a jazz singer and composer, who’s original music and expression has brought her a number of prizes and performances in Estonia as well as abroad.  In 2017 she has been awarded by Estonian Music Awards as the Best Female Artist of the Year and her album “Armupurjus” (“Love Intoxication”) was given the Award of the Best Jazz Album of the Year. In 2015 she was given the Award of the Best Jazz Musician of the Year by Danske Bank at this years Jazzkaar festival. In 2014 she was given a prominent Estonian Music Council Award. She has also been awarded with The Young Jazz Talent Award of the Year 2008.

Year 2012 she was the soloist with the EBU European Jazz Orchestra touring Europe. During last couple of years she appeared with her original music in many festivals and clubs for example in Ukraine, Russia, Finland, Italy, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Hungary, Norway and more. She has recorded several albums both with some of the best jazz musicians in Estonia and abroad, for example Anthony Branker’s modern jazz album “Dance Music” in USA. Besides collaboration with many other musicians, she also leads her own quartet and a cappella vocal sextet Estonian Voices.

Estonian jazz vocalist and composer Kadri Voorand uses her improvisational skills and original expression to create a wide range of contemporary jazz, meantime maintaining her roots using folk elements with her small group, the trio composing for estonian poetry, or combining contemporary harmonies with the rhythmics of latin and R&B music when composing for her large band. In past few years, five CD-s of her own projects have been released by Sheikid Records, her Quartet’s album “Armupurjus”, a capella album Estonian Voices “Ole hea”, her Trios’ album “Kosmogooniline etüüd”, her debut CD “Tunde kaja” (Echo of a Feeling) and her first a cappella album “Sheikid”, as a lyricist and vocalist she also sings on Tanel Ruben CD “Kogutud rikkus” (Collected Riches) and “Nõiutud Veerandtunnid” (Enchanted Hours), Anthony Banker “Dance Music”, Kaspar Kalluste “Koristaja”. As a guest artist she is also appearing on CD-s like Tõnu Kõrvits “Mirror”, ECM 2016, Urmas Lattikas “Ööliblika tants”, Toomas Rull “Eesti Hääled 2”, Element “Alumiinium LP” and Def Räädu’s “Ahvid ja klahvid”.

She sang, danced and played violin since early childhood in her mother’s folk ensemble, where her task was from the beginning to improvise, to fill the melodies or keep the rhythm. Since age 5 she started to study classical piano and played it for more than ten years. Her first original songs were composed at age 6 on the piano. As a teenager, she put together an a cappella vocal group Sheikid, arranging for it and singing as well. Those arrangements were her first bigger step towards jazz, using the harmonies of the style, winning several prizes for this music and with the group. Since starting to study jazz in an academic level right after high school, her talent was soon noticed meaning many different interesting projects with some the top jazz musicians in Estonian as well as abroad.

Having studied jazz at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre and the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm, she continues as the youngest teacher in the faculty of the jazz department of Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre.