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Zara McFarlane

Zara McFarlane’s debut album, 2011’s Until Tomorrow, came garlanded with rave reviews and a MOBO award nomination, and heralded a major new talent in the world of British jazz. The follow-up, also recorded for Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Recordings label, is a more ambitious collection that draws from many more influences: from the deep spiritual jazz of Pharoah Sanders to dub and reggae.

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“With the first album,” says Zara, “I was trying to create a cohesive sound, one that used the same line up and the same instrumentation throughout. This time the focus is on the songwriting, and the arrangements are tailor-made to suit each song. There’s a lot more variation – around half of the tracks are duets, and I use more than one band. If there is a unified, cohesive theme, it’s in the lyrics: the songs represent a journey through a woman’s life.”

“I love all areas of this work – the teaching, the performing – but this album showcases what I’m most into at the moment, which is writing,” she says. “These songs on this new album are more personal than anything I’ve ever written. It’s me opening up, taking listeners on a journey.”

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  • ALBUMS

    FORMAT

    DATE

    BUY

  • Until Tomorrow CD / Digital
  • If You Knew Her Vinyl / CD / Digital January 21st 2014
  • SINGLES

    FORMAT

    DATE

    BUY

  • Chiaroscuro / Night & Day Vinyl
  • Vinyl
  • Angie La La (Yoruba Soul Remix) 12 Vinyl / Digital November 25th 2013
  • GIG DATES

    LOCATION

    DATE

  • Zara McFarlane at Fasching (April 26, 2014) Stockholm, Sweden 26 / 04 / 14
  • Brighton Festival 2014 Brighton, UK 03 / 05 / 14
  • Southport Weekender 2014 Minehead, UK 10 / 05 / 14
  • Brighton Festival 2014 Brighton, UK 11 / 05 / 14
  • Zara McFarlane at The Old Market (May 11, 2014) Hove, UK 11 / 05 / 14
  • Sunsplash 2014 Antalya, Turkey 07 / 06 / 14
  • Glasgow International Jazz Festival 2014 Glasgow, UK 28 / 06 / 14
  • Worldwide 2014 Sete, France 30 / 06 / 14
  • Jazz A Vienne 2014 Vienne, France 05 / 07 / 14
  • The Hop Farm Music Festival 2014 Kent, UK 06 / 07 / 14
  • Gent Jazz Festival 2014 Ghent, Belgium 10 / 07 / 14
  • Pori Jazz 2014 Pori, Finland 19 / 07 / 14
  • Brecon Jazz Festival 2014 Brecon, UK 08 / 08 / 14
  • LATEST NEWS

    DATE

  • Zara McFarlane // Open Heart Video 04 / 02 / 14 view article »
  • Zara Mcfarlane // If You Knew Her // Out Now 20 / 01 / 14 view article »
  • Basement Session // Zara McFarlane 06 / 01 / 14 view article »
  • Crane TV // Zara McFarlane, Leron Thomas and Gilles Peterson 24 / 12 / 13 view article »
  • Zara McFarlane // Open Heart 16 / 12 / 13 view article »
  • Zara McFarlane // Live at Dingwalls with Leron Thomas // Okayplayer Premiere 10 / 12 / 13 view article »
  • Zara McFarlane // If You Knew Her Album Teaser 03 / 12 / 13 view article »
  • Zara McFarlane // Angie La La // Yoruba Soul Remixes 14 / 11 / 13 view article »
  • Zara McFarlane // If You Knew Her Tour 11 / 11 / 13 view article »
  • Zara McFarlane announces new album 'If You Knew Her' 22 / 10 / 13 view article »
  • Zara McFarlane - Angie La La feat. Leron Thomas 10 / 10 / 13 view article »
  • Zara McFarlane // Live at Bird in Rotterdam // 24th March 28 / 02 / 13 view article »