Born in London, with life excursions in Israel and France, Noëlle began her musical education singing harmonies with her younger sister and creating cacophonies with her siblings in the kitchen utensil orchestra.
Since those early days Noëlle has studied jazz performance at the prestigious Rimon School of Jazz and contemporary music in Tel Aviv, winning a bursary at the end of her first year and performing at the IASJ before legendary jazz saxophonist and composer, Dave Leibman. Returning to England, she gained 1st class hons in Music at Dartington College of Arts and began performing with various jazz ensembles as a vocalist and improviser.
“French Exchange” is Noëlle’s debut album of original songs, written, arranged, recorded, mixed and produced by her over a six year period, in four different homes and two countries. It is a beautiful body of work exploring her experiences and relationships leading up to and during her life in rural France.
Since the release of “French Exchange”, Noëlle has performed live sessions for BBC Introducing in Devon and Balcony TV Exeter, has guested on Soundart Radio and has begun touring with her band, Noëlle et les Papillons, featuring up to nine musicians. Noëlle was also long-listed to play on the BBC Introducing Stage at Cheltenham Jazz Festival, 2016, curated by Jamie Cullum.
Some feedback so far…
“Saturday night, James Santer, BBC Introducing in Devon, two hours of the finest local music from this fair county.
Wow, looking down the list again some brilliant bands to kick us off tonight, really, really are a little bit later on. Some nice little acoustic tunes winding our way down to one of the most sublime, professional, polished sessions we’ve had in a very long time on the show tonight. Noëlle Rollings will be in the house with a, just gorgeous, gorgeous session, stay tuned for that.”
Later he introduces the session:
“First discovered, a young lady called Noëlle Rollings on, I think a first play show in January this year and her album “French Exchange”, which is so eclectic, so different, each and every track that I’ve played for you so far, I just had to invite Noëlle in for a live session.
I was so impressed with the professionalism on this one, the stunning tracks on this one, the way she conducts herself in the interview in this one is just brilliant; I love it. Noëlle Rollings et les Papillons in session for BBC Introducing in Devon.” James Santer, Producer at BBC Introducing in Devon, April 2016.
“French Exchange has all the advantages and none of the pitfalls of eclecticism. Noëlle Rollings clearly has curious ears. There are a lot of interesting influences here, but over a period of around fourteen years she allowed them all to fall into the same alchemical vessel and come out as her own brand of gold. I first knew her as a jazz singer, and that still might be felt to be her foundation. But her strong artistic identity and range of references takes us way beyond jazz into the fascinating world of her own songs and arrangements. Well worth repeated plays.” ALBUM REVIEW by SAM RICHARDS, Soundart Radio, 2015
released June 8, 2015
Final mixes by Richard Digby Smith at the Music Mill. 2015
Mastered by Tim Turan at Turan Audio Ltd. 2015
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