Lisa Kirchner (SAG, EQUITY, AFTRA, BMI)A singer of remarkable versatility, and an imaginative and lyricist as well as composer, Lisa’s musical journey has led her from classical piano, operetta and folk songs to cabaret and musical theatre on and off Broadway to a brand of ambient jazz as eclectic as her musical influences. Kirchner has five current albums that have received accolades in the press, and has played notable venues in and outside of New York, performing an eclectic, multi-lingual repertoire that includes jazz standards from The Great American Songbook, French and Brazilian classics, folk, theatre, and classical and contemporary art songs, as well as her own lyrics and music. “My father, a contemporary classical composer, conductor and pianist, took me to see Ray Charles, played and analyzed Duke Ellington songs with me, and pointed out the brilliance of a young guitarist named Jimi Hendrix, as we discussed Mozart, Bach and Schoenberg. My mother was a coloratura soprano who had performed classical lieder and show tunes in New York supper clubs”.Lisa wrote and performed her own songs on camera as a regular folk singer singer on NBCs Another World. She has recorded and released her own songs on four albums with a fifth and sixth in production currently. As a lyricist Kirchner has collaborated with composers Galt MacDemott, Ron Jackson, and James Weidman and she has written and recorded lyrics to instrumentals by Wynton Marsalis and Broadway, film and classical composer, Paul Chihara.
Lisa Kirchner has appeared at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut, Ryles Jazz Club in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Iridium, Birdland, and The Village Gate in New York City as well as many other clubs on the jazz and cabaret circuit. The invited singer to Gracie Mansion, she has performed at the White House, at Harvard University and the Harvard Club. Lisa Kirchner ‘s entre into the jazz venue is preceded by her years of experience in theatre and television. She wrote her own songs for her on camera appearances on NBC’s Another World. Her varied performance background has included featured roles on Broadway in the New York Shakespeare Festival productions of The Threepenny Opera, and Galt MacDermot’s The Human Comedy. Off-Broadway, Kirchner originated the role of Irma Vep in Richard Foreman and Stanley Silverman’s Hotel For Criminals and it’s sequel, The American Imagination. She has been featured in numerous off and off-off Broadway productions at the Public Theatre, the Delacorte Theatre, La Mama Theatre and annex, Westbeth and The American Place Theatre. On television she appeared as Undine Spragg in the BRAVO Cable channel’s Songs from the Heart, and as a ballad singer in Out of Our Father’s House, on WNET’s Great Performances. As a dancer she appeared in Grover Dale’s Houdini, and with the James Waring Dance Company she appeared at Judson Memorial Church. Lisa Kirchner was Judy Collins’ featured soloist at Carnegie Hall, and accompanied Collins as background singer improvising harmonies in concert, on television and on records. Lisa Kirchner’s solo vocal albums, One More Rhyme (2000), When Lights Are Low ( 2002), In the Shadow of a Crow (2009) and Something to Sing About (2011) on Albany Records, and Charelson For You (2012) on Verdant World Records, have garnered critical and professional praise pointing to her her intuitive musicality, eloquent phrasing, and a unique and beautiful sound. Lisa has consistently sought out the creative and improvisational gift of outstanding performers with whom she collaborates to interpret her eclectic repertoire.
As executive producer, Lisa Kirchner has additionally produced four albums on Albany Records, featuring the music of her father, Leon Kirchner: Leon Kirchner Piano Works (2006), Leon Kirchner Complete String Quartets/The Orion String Quartet (2008), Concert: Leon Kirchner Chamber Works, (2009) and Leon Kirchner Orchestral Works (2011) and is in production for new albums on her label Verdant World Records.
Lisa Kirchner is listed in Who’s Who in America. She is a BMI song writer, a member of SAG, AFTRA and EQUITY and holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College with additional courses in musicianship and theory at CCNY. She has served as a freelance photo researcher for the major US publishers, writes and edits liner note and press copy, and has been a French-English translator for art, press and academic publications in Paris and New York.