NEW SINGLE "Wasting Breath" OUT ON MAY 12, 2017

Things are hotting up at JB HQ for the release of new material and I can't wait for you to hear it!  The first single from the forthcoming new album is called 'Wasting Breath', a song about leaving the past behind and liberating yourself from emotional baggage. 

You can pre-order the single from bandcamp, or from Itunes

Also, if you're not already on the mailing list, sign up today for a free download of a live track and to be the first to find out when the new album will be released!!

 

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Review of show at NCEM, York!

Just before Christmas we squished the band and gear back into the trusty Vauxhall Astra Estate and headed up the M1 to York.  First ever time in York and I think we got on pretty well!  Thanks to everyone who turned out to see us on the last saturday before Christmas and of course thanks to Liam Wilkinson of Northern Sky Mag for this lovely review

Sueddeutsche Zeitung review, October '16

Saleem, Idris and myself just returned from the last date of our autumn tour of Germany, Austria and Switzerland..! 

It was wonderful getting to go back to some favourite venues (Jazzit in Salzburg we love you <3) as well as getting to know some beautiful new places - Volksbad in Jena, Fuerstenfeldbruck, Pullach and Duebendorf.  A massive MASSIVE thank you to everyone who came out to see us - it was truly amazing to make all these memories with you.   

The Sueddeutsche Zeitung came and reviewed the show at Fuerstenfeldbruck - read all about it here!

Canary Wharf Jazz Festival, Aug 20th - London for free!!

As a regular spectator at this amazing annual free jazz festival in London's Canary Wharf, I'm thrilled to have been booked to be a part of it this year!  If you're going to be in London on 20th August @ 3pm, do come and bagsy a place on the grass and join us. 

Loads of other amazing acts on offer too - you can find all the line-up info here

#CanaryWharf #Jazz #Festival #singer #singersongwriter #JuliaBiel

#CanaryWharf #Jazz #Festival #singer #singersongwriter #JuliaBiel

Women in Jazz @ Oper, Halle

It's not every day you get to play a sold out concert in a hall this beautiful!  Heartfelt thanks to Ulf and his team for featuring me as one of the 'Women in Jazz' at this year's festival in Halle, Germany.  An amazing trip! 

You can see some lovely photos of the concert (and soundcheck) by Ruediger Schestag here and get something of the beauty of the hall from this little iphone video of 'You made me write a love song' filmed by Idris during our soundcheck and uploaded onto the facebook page here

Hope to see you somewhere soon!

Julia.x

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NEW VIDEO 'You do my head in' (Triptyc Remix)

Have you seen it yet?  Shot in a studio in deepest darkest Kingston, the claustrophobia of the video for Triptyc's re-working of the song 'You do my head in' intentionally highlights the unsettling nature of his version's rumbling hypnotic drums and eerie analogue synth sounds.  Check it out here

This re-working of 'You do my head in' forms part of the Remix EP 'Licence to be Cruel' released shortly before Christmas.  I've been collecting remixes for a while but these ones are my favourites - and so the EP contains the work of 5 amazing remixers re-imagining my songs brought together on this remix EP for the first time,

You can get hold of all 5 tracks on a Limited Edition CD from the shop page (only a few left now!) or via bandcamp and it is also available as a digital download both in the shop page as well as from all the usual places.  The guys over at The Musical Melting Pot website wrote a lovely review of the EP which you can have a read of here

Stay tuned - more new music coming soon! 

Julia.x

 

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year everyone!!  I hope 2016 is kind to you as we wave goodbye to an intense 2015. 

For me, as well as some much needed catching up with the people I love, it's been great to have the time to reflect back on an amazing run of shows in 2015, think about all the people I met and whose company I have enjoyed and of course on all the music we made.  The time has come to make a new album and I'm happy to say it's shaping up better than I could have imagined so I cannot wait for you to hear it and I hope you will during the course of 2016. 

Let's see what 2016 brings.  Personally I'm hoping for a little kindness and compassion to enter the political realms.  All the while remembering it all starts with us - being good to ourselves, listening to our bodies and above all, finding a stillness amid the franticness just to enjoy the miracle of being. 

Wishing you everything you wish for yourself,

love

Julia.x

 

 

 

Err... Penang Island Jazz Festival!!

Ok, now I'm sorry because this is going sound like gloating no matter how I tell you - before I start I'll just say that if I could take you all with me, you know I would ;). 

Just got a last minute booking to close Penang Island Jazz Festival in Malaysia, on a stage called 'Jazz by the Beach'!!!  There I said it.

Fortunately the word 'wow' is great vocal warm-up so it'll tie in nicely as I expect I'll be saying it a LOT.  

#ontour #jazz #singer #songwriter #Malaysia #PenangIsland

 

 

 

 

'Best Jazz Act' MOBO Award nomination!

It's a massive, massive honour to be in the running in 2015's #MOBOawards in the Best Jazz category here in the UK!  I found out on tuesday this week via Twitter and it was a big, BIG surprise!!  Thank you to all of you who have supported me and been a part of the journey so far, this is a reflection of all of you! 

All the acts in the category are really strong and the award is decided via a public vote so if you'd like to, you can head over to http://voting.mobo.com/categories/jazz-act hear all the acts and cast your vote!!  You can vote from anywhere in the world but don't delay as the final decision is made in the next couple of weeks.

Julia.x

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LIMITED EDITION REMIX EPS

Just gone up for sale on Bandcamp are some Limited Edition CD copies of the upcoming 'Licence to be Cruel (Remix EP)' release!   Featuring 5 remixed songs, fully re-worked by 5 highly acclaimed producers, SON LUX, TRIPTYC, WU-LU, YES KING and OTHER WORLDS, the full release will come out on 20th november but it is available to pre-order now via bandcamp in both the Limited Edition CD version and as digital downloads. 

The EP will also be available to pre-order on Itunes and Amazon etc in the next few days but CDs of the release are only available via the bandcamp page!  juliabiel.bandcamp.com.  Bag your copy now before they're all gone!

In new music we trust

I am still floating somewhere on Cloud 9 after an absolutely incredible summer of touring.  The shows at weekend in Norway and Sweden were the icing on the cake with just such an amazingly warm and powerful reception from everyone who came.  Myself, Idris and Saleem can't thank you enough for giving us some wonderful memories over these past few months. 

Back in London now, I am working hard on preparing some new music for you, so do stay tuned and remember, if you want to be the first to hear about any new releases, free mp3s or be in line for exclusive early bird access to tickets (as and when possible!), do join the mailing list.  Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click 'join mailing list'!

Shows for this year continue in October - London, Ingolstadt and Vienna still to come!!  See the 'tour' page for details :)    Over and out for now. 

Planes, trains and automobiles

And cable cars... Unexpected final mode of transport to the hotel when we hit Bolzano a couple of weeks back.  That was a new one!  And such a gorgeous festival to have been involved with.  Ruth Goller, bass player extraordinaire based in London (and part of so many great acts) but originally from the Sued Tirol area of Northern Italy curated a London-centric programme for their festival this year and we managed to squeeze in 3 shows before heading out at 5am the next to get to my cousin's wedding in Germany.  Anyway, I digress..!

After a couple of 'catch your breath' weeks, we're off again for the next busy phase of coming out to see you - and this time we heading to Spain, Germany, Austria, France and Wales!!  Hope you're ready!  See the tour page for full details of where you can catch up with us.

Hope you're having an amazing summer so far!

Julia.x

NYC versus Rochester, U.S.A.

Just back from a whirlwind of a trip to U.S.A.... Wow! First time ever performing my music anywhere stateside so a real experience to savour and to treasure.  Huge thanks to Brooklyn's Shapeshifter Lab and Rochester Jazz Festival for giving me a week crammed full of wonderful experiences and memories - AMAZING!!