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!!