A decade ago, when Sivan Arbel first heard jazz at age 16, she was immediately hooked on its distinct sound and improvisational structure. Two years ago, Arbel moved from Israel, where she was born and grew up, to New York City to become a professional jazz singer and composer. Her debut album, “Broken Lines,” was released on June 1.
Arbel was in Canada this summer where she performed at the Montreal International Jazz Festival in early July and participated in the Banff Jazz Workshop in August. In between, she spent time in Ottawa, visiting relatives here and performing at the Mercury Lounge and Rainbow Bistro, and giving a concert for the residents of Hillel Lodge.
According to Azara Thomas, a recreation program facilitator at Hillel Lodge, Arbel’s music was breathtaking and the residents thoroughly enjoyed her performance, with many requesting that she perform for them again the next time she’s in Ottawa.
Arbel told the Ottawa Jewish Bulletin that it was her first visit to Canada and she was really enjoying it here, especially because “it’s sunny.”
“Broken Lines” features six of Arbel’s own songs written over the past four years, as well as a cover of Miles Davis’ “Blue in Green.” She said the songs were written in different places, including where she grew up in Israel, to where she studied music for a year in Dublin, and her current home in New York, so that each piece has its own special sound. On “Broken Lines,” Arbel emulates the jazz singers who inspired her, confidently belting out the high notes and scatting with her six-piece band.
Arbel says jazz continues to inspire her and she’s enjoying her personal journey of musical exploration, continuing to delve into different cultures and rhythms.
While she’s begun writing new music for a second album, she says she’s in no rush to go back to the studio just yet.
“I’ve got some gigs booked in the fall in New York City and my plan is to tour and to spread the music and the love everywhere I can,” she said.