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Preview: Irit

Kylie McCormick draws our attention to Israeli singer Irit's unique sound, as well as her upcoming Birmingham gig

Israeli-born entertainer Irit has an interesting back-story. Unlike most artists, Irit has had a few previous jobs, including military sniper, actress, TV talks how host, documentary maker and comedian. She has truly done it all. Now Irit has shifted her focus, leaving behind her past lives, and become an incredible musician. Creating upbeat, jazz inspired tunes, Irit will be bringing her warmth and ingenuity to The Glee Club on 19 February. We were lucky enough to snag a few minutes in Irit’s busy schedule to chat about music and her passion for creating a healing place through her tunes. 

Creating upbeat, jazz inspired tunes, Irit will be bringing her warmth and ingenuity to The Glee Club on 19 February

For Irit, ‘music has always been a part of my life.’ It is no surprise then that she would find her way to the stage. After trying a few different fields and a few different sonic iterations, Irit has landed on a bright and bubbly, bluesy pop sound. Nuances that, to me, sound like island jazz seep their way into the sound, balanced by Irit’s deep, soothing voice. It is a sound that is iconic and undeniably Irit. 

‘Once I found my own signature sound, it took me 6-7 months to find a producer; I wanted something that was natural and authentic.’ Once she found a producer, Irit, who has been ‘writing music since the 2nd grade, brought all these ideas and poems and stories and translated them into English, then brought it all to the studio to begin digging.’ What was unearthed is an honest yet joyful reflection on life and love. Beautifully strung together, Irit’s music is full of fun, an undeniable zest for life that, while sometimes juxtaposed with gritty reality, is ultimately an exploration into the positive. 

Irit’s music is full of fun, an undeniable zest for life that, while sometimes juxtaposed with gritty reality, is ultimately an exploration into the positive

Irit is bringing this to the stage, where her ultimate goal is just to create an atmosphere in which everyone has a good time. ‘Music is theatre, that is how I deliver a show. I tell a story in the complete unit of a song. If I have the opportunity to touch hearts and make people forget their troubles for an hour or two, that would be my honour.’ Irit has a refreshing new take on an archaic, often over-processed genre. Her unique tone pairs with a joyfulness that is intoxicating. Her 19 February show at The Glee Club will certainly bring a warmth and excitement to a potentially dull day. 

Tickets for Irit’s performance at The Glee Club can be found here.

Music contributor from Los Angeles. PhD in Music Festivals and Identity. (@kyliemccormick)



Published

12th February 2018 at 9:00 am



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