Phyllis Chapell has spent her life developing a universal musical style singing “world songs.” Her repertoire includes songs in 13 languages from Brazil, Latin America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, as well as American folk, jazz, and popular music. She also has a repertoire of award-winning original songs. Phyllis Chapell was named one of the top 521 jazz vocalists of all time by Scott Yanow (DownBeat, Jazz Times, AllMusicGuide) in his book, “The Jazz Singers: The Ultimate Guide” published by Hal Leonard.
Phyllis Chapell has performed in concert as a solo artist and with her ensemble, Phyllis Chapell & SIORA, in the U.S., Latin America, Brazil, and Europe. Her SIORA ensemble Includes Dave Posmontier on keys: Rob Swanson/Chico Huff/Kevin MacConnell on bass: Jimmy Coleman/Paul Jost/Doug Hirlinger on drums; and Jim Hamilton/Joseph Tayoun on percussion –as well as guest musicians, such as the famed Howard Levy on harmonica, Ken Ulansey on woodwinds, Tony Miceli on vibes, and Steve Jewett on guitar and sitar.
In addition to CDs with SIORA (“SIORA”, “Vis-a-Vis”, “Vision of the Dry Bones”, and “The Other Side of the River”, she has recorded 2 solo CDs called “World Songs” and “Voice in Flight”…and a project produced by Emmy Award-winning producer/composer Rodney Whittenberg, her 2015 release “Naked World”. This CD features Phyllis Chapell on vocals and guitar, and an array of gifted musicians adding their own unique voices to the project.
Phyllis Chapell is a solo artist, but loves collaboration! So, in addition to her own ensemble, Phyllis Chapell & SIORA, she has an ever-growing musical family including the following: Horn player Ken Ulansey, with whom she has an ensemble called Whirled Music (http://kenulansey.com/whirled-music.html), The Hot Club of Philadelphia (a gypsy jazz ensemble led by guitarist Barry Wahrhaftig), drummer/percussionist Skipper Kripitz (Kingpin of Key West) and the list goes on and on…
Phyllis Chapell is a performing member of the organization called ARTolerance (www.ARTolerance.org), whose mission is to advance the role of the arts in dialogues, transcend communication boundaries, and explore common ground through performances, events, conferences and workshops. This organization is led by famed Philadelphia Orchestra cellist, Udi Bar-David.