Judith Insell - Jazz Viola

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Judith Insell, a New York native, has been an active member of the New York jazz scene since the mid nineties.  Ms. Insell is on a personal mission: spreading the word that “the Viola can play any style of music!”  Lee Konitz, Greg Osby, Steve Coleman, Antonio Hart, and Miguel Zenon are just a few of the many jazz greats with whom Ms. Insell has had the pleasure of performing and recording.  She has recently been performing throughout the eastern United States with the chamber jazz string group “Sojourner.”  As a founding member of “Sojourner,” Ms. Insell has not only explored self expression through improvisation, she has also ventured into the realm of composition with the title track of the group’s new CD “Journey” and arranging such standards as Thelonious Monk’s “I Mean You.”

Her debut CD, "Dark Wood Explorations," a duo project with acclaimed jazz bassist Joe Fonda, was  released in September 2008.  Continuing her pursuit of creativity, Ms. Insell has recently formed 2 new ensembles: The Judith Insell/ Reut Regev(trombone) Duo & "The Twisted Standard Trio," featuring Ms. Insell, Ms. Regev & Tomas Ulrich(cello).  

Ms. Insell has also had an active career on the “pop” music scene performing and recording with artists Beyonce Knowles, India.Arie, Jessica Simpson, and “Joe.”  As a member of the “Soldier String Quartet,” she was on an extensive world tour with rock legend John Cale throughout the nineties. 

Judith attended the Manhattan School of Music where she was classically trained: receiving both her Undergraduate and Masters degrees. She has performed with the New Jersey Symphony, the National Chorale Orchestra and is currently a member of the Greenwich Symphony.  She has also performed on Broadway in the orchestras for Gypsy, Ms. Saigon, Tommy, Carousel, and Kiss of the Spider Woman.

Ms. Insell previously held the position of Assistant Director of Instrumental Studies at Mannes College The New School for Music, Director of the String Program at The Collegiate School, Director of the String Program at The Juilliard School- MAP Program and Director of the String Program at The Bloomingdale School of Music. She also completed 1-year association with "Education Through Music,” as a Teaching Artist.

Ms. Insell has also been a contributing writer for All About Jazz – NY since January 2006.  


 

THE BACKSTORY: "When a young Judith Insell joined her school’s string orchestra in the fifth grade.....

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