Quotes - Performing

A fabled underground figure in vocal jazz, Rhiannon turns improvisation into performance art... With a soft, supple voice and a range that climbs to the sky, she shows what heights jazz singing can reach when it combines disciplined musicianship with utter fearlessness.
James Gavin, Time Out New York

... Rhiannon is a LIGHTNING BOLT. The charge is continuous, illuminating and revitalizing.
Susan Lachmann, Women On Air

Rhiannon is a phenom...Where is the cult?!  I'll go...Whew,  this  woman raises a virtual storm....Free in the spiritual sense with pathos, humor and sometimes, "Let 'er rip." You will love it...If she doesn't win the prize, I'll quit....Noooooooooooo, No, I won't quit!!!!  The artists with her are, also special...The keyboard man lays down some of the most beautiful, artful improvisation I've heard in a long time...
Marge Korschgen, Kate Smith Promotions

Sometimes words just simply fall short—and often that is the case with the shamanistic singing of Hawaii-based improvisational master Rhiannon, who will appear in duo with Grammy-winning pianist Laurence Hobgood at ShapeShifter Lab (Nov. 15th) and Cornelia Street Café (Nov. 16th). If you have never heard Rhiannon you have not fully lived. She is a musician and performance artist with a healing touch, manifesting her powerful vision of social change through the arts worldwide.  
New York City Jazz Record

Rhiannon is a cornerstone of the world-wide a cappella community. With a deep, shared, musical knowledge, Rhiannon creates totally improvised concerts, blending genres, creating soundscapes, and moving seamlessly from the center to the outer edge. One amazing voice emanating from a truly wonderful lady in one of the most honest and passionate performances I've seen... Rhiannon's vibrant personality and larger-than-life stage persona are matched only by the smorgasbord of vocalisations she manages to conjure up... magical.
Patrick Shepherd, Christchurch, New Zealand

Rhiannon’s mastery as a vocalist, performer and teacher of vocal improvisation is obvious and precious. Yet her biggest gift goes beyond music.  It is the sheer distance and depth of exploration she has lived to become so fully and irreplaceably herself, arousing the courage and inspiration in those around her to undertake their own version of the same journey.   
David Hatfield, Leadership Consultant and Educational Facilitator, TEDx talk on Male Vulnerability

Thank you for the most wonderful experience yesterday. My husband, who is a doctor and philosopher, said that he had never seen so many people showing such a profound sense of security while exposed to the gazes of an audience and each other. And I agree. I haven't seen anything like it either. Very impressive on a deep human level. 
Tiri Beate Bergesen Schei, Montreal

Okay, so I thought I could listen to "In My Prime" while I did the dishes. But by the time I got about two songs in, I had goosebumps, and then "A Case of You" had me sobbing in the suds. So I quit the dishes, took the CD up to my studio and started it all over. This time dancing, singing, crying, sweating, and so, so, so inspired by this gift you've given the world. Rhiannon, your voice is an amazing instrument of the Divine. Your virtuosity is so clear on this collection...the range, the technique, the imagination, the strength -- it's all there. Much, much love,
Rhonda Morton, Corning NY  Alligator Mouth Improv & Savannah consulting

Rhiannon is really impressive. Terrific record.
Michael Coyle, SLIM & Him Show, WRCU 90.1 FM

When I received this CD, I thought "not another vocalist!" What a surprise, this is serious contemporary jazz! This is very, very good, I am impressed and delighted. It will a pleasure to introduce my listeners to this special CD. What a fantastic voice and delivery.
Peter Kuller, Jazz Presenter, Radio Adelaide 101.5 FM Australia

Rhiannon, thank you for producing the CD Flight! As a classically trained flutist, and music therapist who is trying to find my own musical "voice", the daily 15-30 minutes I spend with your ensemble are a continual gift to me. This joyful practice infects the rest of my music with an intensity and authenticity that I was afraid I had lost. It infuses the rest of my day with a wonderful self-loving energy. You have provided a path for a journey of self-discovery in the truest sense! Thank you.
DG, Ann Arbor MI