Barbara Wiernik
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Barbara Wiernik


Barbara Wiernik is a singer, but not only. The lyrics and melodies she creates flow among different styles with astounding versatility. A vocalist for about thirty years, she has been in constant search of new sounds, which give her vocal jazz a very modern note. She uses her voice as an instrument, making melodies part of her own language and universe. Numerous travels, above all to India, enriched her music with various traditions she likes to juggle with. This has conferred her unique style a deep, subtle and powerful touch.

Her vocal musical pathway was marked by the teaching of, among others, Norma Winstone and David Linx in jazz and R.A. Ramamani in Indian singing. She also attended classes by Diederik Wissels, Kenny Wheeler and Kris Defoort, with whom she studied at the Antwerpen Jazz Studio and the Koninklijk Conservatorium van Brussel, where she graduated. Her experience also includes various training sessions throughout Europe, and in India for longer periods.

Barbara published a first CD, « Eclipse » (Mogno Music), in 2000, with the pianist Jozef Dumoulin, and participated in the albums of Alexandre Furnelle (Mogno Music), Manu Hermia (Igloo Mondo), Giacomo Lariccia (Travers), Marie-Sophie Talbot (Skat), PiWiZ - Zurstrassen, Pirotton, Wiernik (Home Records). She gathered key musicians of the Belgian jazz scene for her own album « Soul of Butterflies » (AZ Productions).

With double bass player Jean-Louis Rassinfosse and guitarist Alain Pierre, she founded a trio named « WRAP! », that published their first album, « Endless » (Igloo Records). The project « Les 100 ciels de Barbara Wiernik » assembled 13 musicians with jazz or classical background. Another project she is deeply involved in is her duet with the guitarist Alain Pierre, called « Different Lines ».

With the Italian pianist Nicola Andrioli for their project called COMPLICITY  in October 2016 they issued on Spinach Pie Records their first album on which they had invited fantastic musicians (Manu Hermia, Marco Bardoscia and Antoine Pierre), and toured Europe and Asia.

She is currently very involved in her latest project "ELLIPSE" with musicians Sigrid Vandenbogaerde (cello), Luis Miguel Aguilar (clarinet) and Bart Quartier (vibraphone / marimba). They released an album on Spinach Pie Records. Album co-written with Alain Pierre.

She has been teaching for about fifteen years in several Royal Conservatories of Belgium and mainly at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp, in jazz singing and vocal improvisation workshops in Belgium and all over the world. In addition, she is engaged since 2020 at the Koninklijk Consevratorium Brussel as a research assistant for a doctoral thesis on current jazz singers in Europe, a subject that concerns and fascinates her closely.

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AKDT is 'a great place to learn a technique, prepare for an entrance exam to a higher art school, exchange know-how, progress in a discipline... or just have fun!This year, AKDT is offering a dozen di...
For a world premiere, for several concerts and masterclasses, Barbara Wiernik and Alain Pierre (guitar) were off to Chile to perform the Ellipse repertoire as a voice-guitar duo, representing the Wall...
To accompany the release of her new album "Ellipse", singer Barbara Wiernik has a new video on YouTube, directed by Vincent Blairon (click on the title to watch the video). It is a composition by Alai...