Following the release in 2016 of Come Together – Barb Jungr and John McDaniel Perform The Beatles, the ferociously talented, award-winning duo have two collaborations arriving imminently on both sides of the pond!
In July, they’ll bring, 1968 – Let the Sun Shine In, to Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater (425 Lafayette Street, NY 10003) in NY City on 21, 22, 28, 29 July @7pm.
With their musical synergy and lively banter, Jungr and McDaniel reinvent iconic anthems of 1968, a pivotal year, when the Vietnam War raged, protestors clashed, and both Robert F Kennedy and Dr Martin Luther King were assassinated, with songs including Born to Be Wild, Piece of Your Heart, Street Fighting Man and Age of Aquarius – from the musical Hair, that debuted at the the Public Theatre in 1968.
Tickets are on sale now or by phone: 212-967-7555.
Jungr and McDaniel will also perform 1968 – Let the Sun Shine In from the 21 to 24 August 2018 at bar jeder vernunft in Berlin
Also, this summer comes the release of Float Like a Butterfly – The Songs of STING in online digital and streaming format from 29 June. The CD release on 28 September will be followed by UK concerts and a return to America.
“Jungr and McDaniel’s voices blend so perfectly, it’s great they met, and this is eloquently displayed on numbers like Wrapped Around Your Finger’… Barb’s singular achievement is that she understands a fundamental point about cabaret – which is that it is about intimacy. You need to be you and you need to be able to look people in the eye. She’s masterful at this and others could look and learn.” The American.
“From the somewhat menacing pulse of Every Breath You Take to the gently lyrical Fields of Gold, McDaniel is totally in tune with Jungr’s way of interpreting and communicating the meaning of a song. Whatever new and surprising direction this collaboration takes, it
certainly seems to be a match made in musical heaven.” -Theatrelife
Singer, performer and recording artist Barb Jungr is ”mesmerising” (New York Times), ”casually virtuosic” (The Guardian), an ”alchemist among jazz singers” (Telegraph), possessing a voice which is “shockingly expressive, with an astonishing palette of colours” (Observer). Across her 40 year career she has been internationally acclaimed for combining immaculate vocal technique, impassioned performance, piercing insight and beautifully unexpected musical arrangements to reinterpret European and American popular songs in a manner which The New York Times described as ”revelatory”. As a live performer, Jungr is always funny, and often hilarious. Cabaret Scenes described a performance in November 2016 as “the funniest hour of cabaret I’ve ever seen” from a “world-class raconteur”. Her performances have seen her win many awards including the New York Nightlife Award for Outstanding Cabaret Vocalist 2011, the Backstage Bistro Award for Best International Artist, and Time Out New York’s #1 Top Live Cabaret Act for 2011.
John McDaniel is a Grammy Award-winning Broadway conductor, arranger and producer who’s worked on 10 Broadway shows, including Chicago, Grease and Taboo. He has accompanied stars including Betty Buckley, Tyne Daly, and Patti LuPone, whose 1995 one-woman show he arranged and conducted. He also spent seven years in living rooms across America as the musical director and bandleader on The Rosie O’Donnell Show working with artists such as Tony Bennett, Madonna, Neil Diamond, Chaka Khan and Liza Minnelli, and winning two Emmy Awards. He has been featured as a conductor with symphonies and philharmonic orchestras across the States, and his credits include arranging music for the Tony Awards. McDaniel is currently the Artistic Director of the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s Cabaret and Performance Conference.
The pair met met when a friend invited McDaniel to one of Jungr’s solo shows in New York. “I was not prepared for the level of fearlessness and musicality I saw displayed on the stage that night.” He says. “I sat there with my mouth hanging open, and after the show, I may have scared Barb when I ambushed her in the lobby and insisted we had to be friends. She almost called security.”
In 2015, they debuted their first show, followed by a recording of the same name: Come Together – Barb Jungr and John McDaniel perform the Beatles. The reviews were ecstatic.
“Mesmerizingly intense & exquisite!” – Pop Matters UK.
“Throughout it the twosome finds depths in the repertoire that even songwriters Paul McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison had no idea were there.” – The Village Voice
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