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   FANCY LIVING MAGAZINE. NOV. 2005. P.237
CELEBRITIES OF THE YEAR: FROM THE MOST BORING TO THE MOST TALENTED

MOST TALENTED AND LUCKIEST CELEBRITIES

BARB JUNGR

Name: Barb Jungr. Birth Name: Barbara Jungr. Height: 5'.4''. Nationality:  British. Birth Date:  May, 9, 1954. Place of Birth: Rochdale. Occupation: Singer, performer, writer. Husband: Divorced. Father: Miroslav Jungr, Czech scientist. Mother: Ingrid Jungr, German nurse. Claim to Fame: Singer and performer Relationship: Nobodies business but mine. Facts: Long work for the medical foundation for the victims of torture, multiple sclerosis society. Education: Stockport convent for girls, Leeds university B.Sc. Hons, Goldsmith's College University of London, Master of Music. Filmography: Night Shift (Robina Rose, UK), Millenium Poem (Brian Hill, Channel 4TV).Shows/Awards: Perrier Award winner Edinburgh festival 1987, Backstage Award , International Artist of the Year 2003, New York. Agent: London:  James Seabright, New York Doug Yeager.

 

BIOGRAPHY SYNOPSIS: Internationally acclaimed singer, performer and writer, Barb grew up in the small town of Rochdale in the northwest of England in a European household. Surrounded by music, taken to films and operas, and with pantomimes and performances at the local Church as a young girl she wrote music, poetry and plays throughout her school years and developed her passion for performance. From the age of 7 till her teens she played the violin, and formed an all girl folk group whilst still at school which played around Manchester and Stockport. At college in Leeds she sang in all sorts of bands, from trad jazz to near bluegrass, before moving to London in her early twenties.

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 FANCY LIVING MAGAZINE. NOV. 2005. P.238

CELEBRITIES OF THE YEAR: FROM THE MOST BORING TO THE MOST TALENTED

MOST TALENTED AND LUCKIEST CELEBRITIES

BARB JUNGR

There she met and made music with a huge range of performers. Always defying genre classifications, she became part of the early alternative cabaret circuit, which has had a profound affect on her subsequent work and during and after which she had a twelve year songwriting and musical partnership with the blues guitarist and singer Michael Parker. Her interest in 'world music' grew as she toured some of the more remote parts of the world for the British Council (Malawi, Cameroon, Sudan, Burma, Tanzania, The Yemen) prompting her to study ethnomusicology for which she learned Iranian tribal singing. Specialising in 'voice' alongside giving concerts she has since written, broadcast and lectured extensively in the UK and around the world on vocal techniques and singing. Between 1991 and 2000 she created and originated a number of solo and group shows including 'Sex Religion and Politics' (with writer/director Julia Pascal), 'Red Roses Blue Ladies' (with pianist/composer Sarah Travis), 'Bare', 'Killing Me Softly' and 'Songs From The Heart' (with Russell Churney), and 'Hell Bent Heaven Bound' (with Ian Shaw, Christine Collister and Michael Parker). With Claire Martin and Mari Wilson she created the show 'Girl Talk' (1999). As well as her solo recordings, performances and tours Jungr has worked with the multi ability Amici Dance Theatre Company under the direction of Wolfgang Stange whose production of '20/20' (a history of disability in the twentieth century) featured Jungr as the crazed MC of a circus of freaks and which played two short seasons at The Lyric Theatre Hammersmith and in Berlin (200-2002). She collaborated with composer Jonathan Cooper on his 'Moon Behind the Clouds' cycle which he wrote for her unique voice and she was featured in the Simon Armitage Millennial Poem Channel 4 television film directed by Brian Hill. Barb Jungr is one of the foremost singers of Jacques Brel's repertoire and with Chanson The Space In Between, (Linn records AKD 167) she transformed classic Brel and Ferre songs with new arrangements and specially commissioned translations.

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 FANCY LIVING MAGAZINE. NOV. 2005. P.239

CELEBRITIES OF THE YEAR: FROM THE MOST BORING TO THE MOST TALENTED

MOST TALENTED AND LUCKIEST CELEBRITIES

BARB JUNGR

The CD was one of the Sunday Times' ten best jazz CD's of 2000. Her Bob Dylan interpretations on the CD Every Grain Of Sand (Linn records AKD 187), was selected as one of The Telegraph's, The Sunday Times' and The Washington City newspaper's Top Ten Jazz CD's of 2002. In 2001 Jungr performed in Sri Lanka, Korea, Germany, Norway and the UK. Barb was invited to New York in 2002 for an autumn run at The Flea Theatre in Manhattan (supported by The British Council) for which she won a Backstage Award for excellence in cabaret as International Artist Of The Year in March 2003. She has subsequently returned to New York by popular demand. In 2004 she tours Britain and Europe promoting her new Linn album Waterloo Sunset, which is launched at her Ronnie Scott's jazz club debut in November 2003. She launches her new show Acrobats of Love featuring work from this new CD repertoire in 2004.

BARB JUNGR AT JOE'S PUB TAKES NEW YORK BY STORM                     

NEW YORK CITY- Her  October cabaret show at Joe's Pub in New York City was a smashing success. Barb Jungr took New York and the audience by storm. Listening to her albums is a delight. But, seeing her performing on stage is the ultimate musical treat and an experience at many levels, not to miss. From her very first song to Waterloo Sunset, her international hit, Barb Jungr shined brighter than midnight sunset, enrobed with a femme fatale aura, a sensual intellectualism and the implosion of a dignified femme fatale. Her show was a sort of a tribute to Bob Dylan. She sang his biggest hits, her style and her way and she excelled. But, when she delivered Jacques Brel's "Ay Marieke Marieke", the audience went wild. She mesmerized the hell out of them. Accompanied by a virtuoso American pianist who also played the French musette accordion, Bab Jungr transformed the American pub into a magical 1930 Parisian cabaret boite absorbed and submerged with Parisian nostalgia, the scent of Mata Hari, the dramatic style of Marlene Dietrich and the bursting screams of life flirting with the shadow of Edith Piaf and Juliette Greco. It was a marvelous evening. A magical moment for all those who appreciate world cabaret. The show had everything: Montmartre, Paris and Berlin 1920s' and 1930s' nostalgia, Piaf's melodramatic cache, Gabriella Ferri's delightful madness, Juliette Greco's finesse, Peggy Lee's stage presence, Barbara's class and of course it had the extremely delightful and graceful persona of Barb Jungr. I "watched" the audience "watching" this mesmerizing British Grande Dame transforming a trendy New York nightclub into a mirage of a vanished golden era of humanistic music...into an oasis of fantasy, musical virtuosity, human drama, fun, and fun and fun too. For, Ms Jungr wit, superb sense of humour, jokes, hilarious story about a seagull she rescued on the beach, her man, her life, the dumb, indifferent and sometime passionate people she met through her trips...all those little details, humour, touching stories, bursting anecdotes, warm, warm, warm stage personality, a superb musical accompaniment, a sensual and explosive voice of a woman who knows life, its ups and downs transformed the 90 minutes we spent at Joe's Pub into a musical and human elixir of escapades, fantasies, dreams, wishes, moments of a great joy and deep reflection on life. Barb Jungr shined that night. And because she shined so bright, the whole damned lights and neon of New York City shinned brighter and brighter and blew up!  It was a magnificent show! It was a great triumph for England's greatest cabaret and Jazz singer! 

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