“Standard Deviation captures the strength and richness of her voice, one which is big enough to sing anything from blues to opera…The arrangements are tight, band rockin’, and engineering exquisite. A memorable debut.” – Whole Note Magazine
Jordana Talsky’s debut album, Standard Deviation, marks the arrival of a serious young talent in Canadian jazz. The vocalist/songwriter has been turning heads (and ears) on the Toronto scene for the last three years, and her musical career now takes a giant leap forward with this superb solo record, to be released to coincide with a performance at the prestigious Toronto venue, Jazz Bistro.
Standard Deviation features a seamless mix of pop and jazz material. Jordana succinctly describes the style of the record as “jazzy takes on pop songs and poppier takes on jazz songs. I am always attracted to new combinations, rather than strictly sticking to a genre.”
Talsky’s passion for and proficiency at singing was displayed at an early age. As a member of the Canadian Children’s Opera Chorus, she performed with several ensembles, among them the Canadian Opera Company, Toronto Symphony and National Ballet of Canada, gaining experience in radio, TV, and theatre en route.
In high school she attended the renowned Claude Watson Arts Program at Earl Haig Secondary in Toronto, majoring in music. She also began classical training that continued through her time in Montreal as a student at McGill. There, she branched out of the classical genre, joining a funk band (Kokoro), an acapella group (Effusion) and a Gilbert & Sullivan theatre company (Savoy Society). Jordana’s prodigious vocal talent was recognised by the internationally-renowned Mendelssohn Choir, who invited her to join them for their 2011-2012 season.
While studying law at the University of Western Ontario, Jordana became a regular performer at Maggie’s Supper and Jazz Club in London. Her love of vocal jazz deepened, and, upon her return to Toronto in 2010, she increased her commitment to the form. She performed and made valuable contacts at open mic nights at noted jazz venue Chalkers, and those nights of paying dues has paid off.
Talsky now headlines shows at top jazz clubs in the city and festival work includes the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, Barrie Jazz & Blues Festival, Port Hope All Canadian Jazz Festival, Savour Stratford Arts Festival, Jazz on the Mountain at Blue, Markham Jazz Festival among others.
She was a finalist in the 2014 John Lennon Songwriting Competition (RnB category) for an original composition on the album; a semi-finalist in the 2014 Sarah Vaughan International Vocal Competition; and Runner Up for the Julian Award of Excellence for Emerging Canadian Artists (CJSF Radio, Simon Fraser University).