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Published:February 26th, 2014 17:18 EST
A Wish by Karen Oberlin and Sean Harkness

A Wish by Karen Oberlin and Sean Harkness

By SOP newswire2

KAREN OBERLIN & SEAN HARKNESS


A Wish, like a hope or a dream, whether simple or complex, is always personal.  Yet the wishes of two artists can be expressed in one creative project like this one by Karen Oberlin and Sean Harkness

Karen had wished for years to make a duo recording with only guitar and vocals, and she found the ideal partner in Sean.  When they first played together, spontaneously in an impromptu performance, they both knew they had to make an album together, or that became their great, mutual wish. Kitty Skrobela of Miranda Music, as is her way, made the dream come to life, the hope realized, their wish a reality.  


The fascinating, eclectic mix of extraordinary songwriters on this album, like Dorothy Fields, Paul McCartney, Fred Hersch and Joni Mitchell, unwittingly collaborated on this project as the song springboard for what these two artists wished to express.  Collectively, Karen and Sean have brought to life this multi-faceted, deeply felt wish with a deliciously personal perspective on life and love...as if anything else matters. 


Sean Harkness, one of the most deeply respected, genre-jumping and capable guitarists alive.  Jazz Inside New York said he was "a technical virtuoso who`s Joe Pass/Tommy Emmanuel finger style approach is always in service to telling a story or creating a feeling within the song; Harkness transcends many genres and can touch listeners of many backgrounds."  


Regarding Karen Oberlin, winner of a recent Nightlife Award for Jazz Vocalist of the Year, the New York Times said "Beyond having a lovely voice, poise and interpretive insight, Ms. Oberlin has impeccable style and musical intelligence."  She has had acclaim singing everything from Kern to Costello, and is celebrated for her song storytelling. 


Both of these great, versatile artists have toured internationally in both clubs and concert halls, are the recipients of numerous esteemed awards and are also accomplished recording artists with many group and solo recordings between them. 


"Astaire and Rogers, Tracy and Hepburn, Sean Harkness and Karen Oberlin -- the kind of timeless, kismet collaboration worthy of becoming classic... Oberlin`s vocal`s are exceptional. She could not have found a better partner in poet-with-guitar Sean Harkness."

-- Alix Cohen, Womanaroundtown.com


"Oberlin negotiates the lovely space between a knowing mid and lower range and a glowing upper one. Part of Oberlin`s appeal is the confidence and purity of voice that invites restraint. She held notes exclusively where to do so made sense and released her lovely vibrato in only carefully measured doses, when it served the narrative and musical logic of a given song.Harkness set up grooves only to disturb them with wily single-note runs, yet never left Oberlin floating without rhythmic anchor. He drew on stylistic legacies as diverse a Jim Hall, Bucky Pizzarelli, and João Gilberto, without sounding derivative. Oberlin, too, never dipped into anything like mimicry. Oberlin made those lines ever more meaningful and musical because they also sounded effortless."

-- Larry Blumenfeld,  Blunotes, BLOUINARTINFO.com


A Wish, like a hope or a dream, whether simple or complex, is always personal.  Yet the wishes of two artists can be expressed in one creative project like this one by Karen Oberlin and Sean Harkness.  Karen had wished for years to make a duo recording with only guitar and vocals, and she found the ideal partner in Sean.  When they first played together, spontaneously in an impromptu performance, they both knew they had to make an album together, or that became their great, mutual wish. Kitty Skrobela of Miranda Music, as is her way, made the dream come to life, the hope realized, their wish a reality.  The fascinating, eclectic mix of extraordinary songwriters on this album, like Dorothy Fields, Paul McCartney, Fred Hersch and Joni Mitchell, unwittingly collaborated on this project as the song springboard for what these two artists wished to express.  Collectively, Karen and Sean have brought to life this multi-faceted, deeply felt wish with a deliciously personal perspective on life and love...as if anything else matters.


A WISH is available on Amazon, CDBaby and iTunes

www.karenoberlin.com

                    www.seanharkness.com