Lisa Sokolov
 
  Lisa Sokolov is a frontline New York jazz vocalist, improvisor and composer. Her work embraces the best of new music, free and straight ahead jazz. Her recording angel Rodeo received Best CD of the Year from Cadence Magazine and her newest CD Lazy Afternoon is receiving extensive radio play in The US and Europe and press kudos.

Her own studies began as a classical pianist and singer with conservatory prep education and traditional musical training. Her intrigue with the music of John Coltrane led her to search out Coltrane's bassist Jimmy Garrison at Bennington College in Vermont. Choosing this school, she found herself able to study with trumpeter Bill Dixon, saxophonist Jimmy Lyons, and drummer Milford Graves, as well as composers Vivian Fine and Louis Calabro.

Arriving on the New York scene in 1977, Lisa began collaborating with bassist William Parker. This collaboration has continued now for 22 years. These years also included working in trio with singers Ellen Christie and Jeanne Lee. Lisa also was heard regularly with pianists Wayne Horvitz and Robin Holcomb in the days of Studio Henry. Indeed over the years she has worked with many new music and jazz notables including Rashid Ali, Badal Roy, Andrew Cyrille, Mark Dresser, Jimmy Lyons, Irene Schweitzer, Steve McCall, Butch Morris, Gerry Hemingway, Didi Jackson, Blue "Gene" Tyranny, Hilton Ruiz, Mike Richmond, Don Cherry and Jim McNeely.

Her performances include solos, duos, quartets, big bands, (she is a regular in William Parker's Little Huey Orchestra and appeared on his latest CD and Walter Thompsons Big Band), and her own Voice/Movement/Theater work and choral works. She has been heard at the Montreaux Jazz Festival, the Spoleto Festival, the Kool Jazz Festival. The Knitting Factory, the Baltic Scandal Festival, The Bottom Line, Alice Tully Hall, Synphony Space and many other venues.

Lisa has recorded on Soul Note, Uneet, Aum and Laughing Horse Records. Her CD angel Rodeo featuring her quartet with David Gonzalez, Badal Roy and Mike Richmond received rave national press, Best CD of the Year from Cadence magazine and extensive radio play. 1999 brings Lisa.s latest recording Lazy Afternoon onto the scene with a great critcal response and a new level of refinement in her material. Lisa is now in the studio again, recording her compositors for large choral ensemble and doing preproduction work on her latest performance/poetry project.

As a teacher of voice and improvisation, Lisa is a Master Teacher and Head of the Voice Faculty of The Experimental Theater Wing at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts since 1985. She was also a longtime faculty of The Graduate Program of Music Therapy at NYU . Ms. Sokolov is invited internationally to perform, teach workshops and master classes in her vocal techniques to artists, therapists, physicians and people just wanting to contact, connect and sing. Her performance and vocal techniques have been written up in magazines, newspapers and in educational texts on improvisation.

Lisa is also acknowledged for her contribution to the field of Music Therapy in her trainings, work and writing on the wider application of the role of voice in this culture. She is the Director of The Institute for Embodied VoiceWork in New York where she trains post graduate music therapists and is often the keynote speaker at conferences, institutes and universities throughout the world.