"...there is nothing whatsoever that can outshine Braun’s luminously sung performance"
- Raul da Gama
the WholeNote Magazine
"Fans of cabaret take note: Adi Braun is the real deal!"
- Jaymz Bee, Jazz FM
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Global Television Morning Show with Jeff McArthur and Carolyn Mackenzie
Critically-acclaimed singer/songwriter Adi Braun launches her latest recording, Moderne Frau, which pays tribute to the women of Weimar Berlin and the music of the 1920s. Stirred by her lifelong passion for German cabaret, Braun’s 5th recording features music by leading composers of that era and includes three of her own original songs.
Moderne Frau follows Adi’s previous celebrated recordings: Canadian Scenes I (2010), which marked her singer/songwriter debut; Live at the Metropolitan Room (2007), recorded off-the-floor at New York’s renowned jazz/cabaret venue; The Rules of the Game (2006), from which the song Show Me Yours was featured on the hit U.S. TV series The “L” Word and Delishious (2003), short-listed for a 2004 Juno Award nomination.
Her sophisticated style and subtle delivery evokes such vocal greats as Sarah Vaughan, Lotte Lenya, Judy Garland and Rosemary Clooney. Elizabeth Ahlfors of New York’s Cabaret Scenes describes Adi as, "A tad Dinah Washington, a hint of Lena Horne, the enveloping warmth of Doris Day, all gift-wrapped up in a unique sound that is singular Adi Braun!" Adi’s repertoire ranges from the Great American Songbook, to European cabaret, to contemporary songs by Canada legend’s Shirley Eikhard and Gordon Lightfoot as well as her own originals. Whether she is singing in English, French, Spanish or German, Adi Braun is “a power-frau who gives jazz standards a unique touch, telling stories that are miniature life moments” (Rheinische Post, Düsseldorf, Germany).
Born in Toronto, Adi Braun grew up in Europe surrounded by music and musicians. Her parents were opera singers, and her father, Victor Braun, was one of Canada’s leading baritones. Her first instrument was piano, which she began studying at the age of six. With no formal voice lessons, she made her first pop/jazz recording at age 19. Following family tradition, Adi trained classically at the Royal Conservatory of Music and the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music. She began her singing career as a classical recitalist, a soloist with orchestra and on-stage in operas and operettas alongside her brother, baritone Russell Braun. In addition to her many musical roles, Adi teaches German art song at the Royal Conservatory of Music and is a German diction coach for the Canadian Opera Company.
Adi started “singing sideways” in the late ‘90s and returned to the music she loves – which she calls “cabarazz” – drawing on aspects from both cabaret and jazz. After winning a local competition in 2001, she was catapulted to centre-stage as one of Canada’s leading jazz vocalists. In 2007, Adi was nominated as Best Major Jazz Vocalist of the Year by the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC).