Release date: 2 May 2021
Imprint: Wagtail Books
Size: 21.0 x 29.7cm
Wagtail Books is very proud to release this collection of songs from the album Mandarin Skyline by the inimitable Leigh Carriage. These beautiful songs are transcribed exactly as Leigh sings them, set to rich but simple piano accompaniments.
In a world where the popular song is adhering ever closer to a formula of repetitive harmonies, predictable structures and banal lyrics, it is extremely gratifying to discover Leigh's beautiful art-songs. She layers memorable melodies over rich harmonic movements, stretching the norms of structure to brilliantly support the profundity of the lyrics, yet all the while the songs remain deeply engaging. In these pages performers will find wonderful new repertoire with simple but beautiful piano accompaniments, students of songwriting will find endless inspiration and edification, and music lovers will find beautiful music to play.
About The Composer
Vocalist and songwriter Leigh Carriage is an exceptional and unique Australian voice. A consummate performer, she weaves intriguing melodies and stories that take the listener on a compelling journey. Leigh has captured the hearts of audiences at festivals including the prestigious Monterey Jazz Festival (USA), Byron Bay Blues and Roots Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, Noosa Jazz Festival, the Melbourne International Women’s Jazz Festival and Wangaratta Jazz and Blues Festival. Her fourth album, Mandarin Skyline was nominated for a National Australian Jazz Bell Award and her following award-winning album Weave won NCEIA Best Song and Album of the Year awards. Blessed with stunning tone and pitch, Leigh’s nuanced delivery and masterful story telling mesh divinely, weaving stories ancient and new.
‘Australian singer/composer Leigh Carriage’s crystal-clear vocals have a soothing, soulful quality .’ Ian Patterson, All About Jazz, New York.
For over two decades Leigh has been a music educator at Southern Cross University in the Contemporary Music Program, where she coordinates the annual APRA AMCOS Songwriting Workshop Series. Leigh believes strongly in the benefits of education, collaboration, community, the importance of finding your own voice, singing with healthy vocal production and the value of singing for physical and emotional wellbeing. Mandarin Skyline by Leigh Carriage is available through iTunes, CD Baby or directly from leighcarriage.com.au