Natalie Dietz — Bio
Monday, 10th December 2012 15:39
Jazz vocalist and rising star Natalie Dietz has made an indelible impression on the Australian jazz scene in such a short time, impressing both audiences and critics alike with her trademark warm, sensual tone and varied vocal abilities. Accepted into the elite jazz vocal program at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2009, Natalie honed her performing skills under the tutelage of Australian jazz luminaries like Judy Bailey and Mike Nock. She studied voice with jazz vocalists Kerrie Biddell and Kristin Berardi, as well as composition with jazz pianist Matt McMahon. Prior to this, she received tuition from the Australian Opera title role soprano, Anke Hoeppner, cementing an important foundation in classical voice.
Since graduating with a Bachelor of Music (Jazz Voice Performance) in 2012, Natalie has toured Australia and New Zealand performing at renowned jazz venues including Sydney’s 505, the Jazzgroove Association, SIMA, Melbourne’s Paris Cat, The Ellington in Perth, Turnaround Jazz Club in Brisbane and New Zealand’s Creative Jazz Club. She has already shared the stage with some of Australia's most distinguished jazz musicians including Matt McMahon, Gerard Masters, Brendan Clarke, Tim Firth, Jonathan Zwartz, Evan Mannell, Jonathan Brown and bassist Waldo Fabian. Her original compositions are attracting considerable attention among her contemporaries with their complex harmonies combined with strong melodies. She is inspired to blend and create textures with the voice within an ensemble, using wordless melodies as well as lyrics. Her compositions explore the breadth of modern styles, distinguishing her as an innovative and multi-skilled artist.
In 2012 Natalie was awarded the Australian Government initiative ‘Artstart’ grant and the Performer’s Trust Foundation grant which she used to travel to New York and further her study. In 2013 she recorded her debut EP with highly esteemed New York musicians Aaron Parks, Mike Moreno, Joshua Crumbly and Justin Brown to international critical acclaim. Other recent achievements include being the only Australian vocalist nominated as a semi-finalist for the Riga Jazz Stage 2014 international jazz vocal competition, being 1 of 8 Australian composers selected nationwide for the WAYJO composers workshop and being offered a merit scholarship to New England Conservatory in Boston where studied with world-renowned artists including Dominique Eade, Donny McCaslin, Jason Moran, Ken Schaphorst and Dave Holland. Natalie is a recipient of the Dame Joan Sutherland fund, the Ian Potter Cultural Trust and was the only musician finalist in Australia's prestigious 2015 NSW Creative Achievement Awards as an emerging creative talent. Natalie is a recipient of ASCAP's Herb Alpert 2016 National Young Jazz Composer's Award, and the New England Conservatory Spark award. Since relocating to the United States Natalie has performed her music in New York City at established venues including Club Bonafide, Shapeshifter Lab, Pianos and Rockwood Music Hall, in Boston at venues including New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall, The Beehive and Cambridge venues the Lilypad and Outpost 186. She has performed with established New York City based jazz artists including Mike Moreno, Sam Harris, Joshua Crumbly and Colin Stranahan.
"In the clotted deluge of jazz vocals, Dietz's offering floats to the top by virtue of its light touch and grace"
- All About Jazz (USA) - four stars
"Natalie Dietz is an incredible singer with a beautiful clean and warm tone quality in tune with a sense of space and phrasing. She's supported by some of my favorite young lion musicians and the result is outstanding. This music absolutely needs to be heard"
- Lionel Loueke (Blue Note)
“Dietz' music is a delicately fragrant and atmospheric, a new brand of jazz perfume, wafting and seeping into one's consciousness...”
- The Australian Stage - four stars