Sara Mitra is a singer, songwriter and bandleader. Her new music forges an original, alternative sound at the junction of folk, jazz and country blues.
“Wisely wry…a refreshing mix of the real and romantic.” Jazzwise Magazine
“Her skill as a songwriter and honesty as a performer shine through” Mercury Prize Recommends
“Especially talented” The Daily Telegraph
“Fresh sounding and free from cliche… Sara is left to her own special devices and nails a good melody everytime.” Blues and Soul Magazine
“When I heard the album, I immediately became a fan of her voice… Absolutely brilliant.” Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2
“Sara Mitra has a Rolls Royce of a band and drives it with impeccable style.” Sebastian Scotney, London Jazz News
“Mitra has a really fresh-sounding voice: a great night full of classics.” The Sunday Times
“I love her voice, I love her Englishness.” Gilles Peterson
A Time Out ‘Critics Choice’ live act, Mitra’s original songs hold their own within a strong set of well-known standards and fresh reworkings of traditional numbers. The new limited-run FREE download ‘Baltimore Oriole / In The Pines / The Secret Sorrow Of A Travelling Man’ (produced by Ben ‘Nostalgia 77’ Lamdin) gives audiences a chance to hear select tracks from Mitra’s forthcoming second album ‘Losing You’. With band- members including saxophonist James Allsopp, drummer Tim Giles and bassist Riaan Vosloo, the 7tet’s reworking of the classic standard ‘Baltimore Oriole’ lets Mitra’s vocals weave effortlessly around the psychedelia-laced electric guitar of Rob Updegraff. Horn lines from Fulvio Sigurta underpin a solo of ruthless organ virtuosity from Ross Stanley. Alternate A-sides ‘In The Pines’ and ‘The Secret Sorrow Of A Travelling Man’ showcase a more intimate side to Mitra’s voice, with the Leadbelly murder-blues leading into a wryly upbeat original with soul-searching lyrics.
Recorded using vintage tape technology, the tracks are available to download FREE from Weds 3rd Sept 2014 for a limited time only via Impossible Ark’s Bandcamp page*, until the vinyl 12-inch release of Mitra’s second album for Impossible Ark.
Mitra’s first album ‘April Song’, a collection of original songs, folk tunes and jazz standards, was produced by Ben Lamdin (aka Nostalgia 77) and released on independent jazz label Impossible Ark. ‘April Song’ was launched at The Vortex Jazz Club, London and went on to garner considerable critical acclaim ,with tracks receiving UK airplay across Jazz FM, BBC Radio 1, 2, 3 and 6Music.
Sara Mitra has sung across the UK and Europe as a soloist and bandleader, including dates across Estonia, Spain, Italy, Glastonbury Festival, Brecon Jazz Festival, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, The Jazz Cafe, a live Maida Vale session for Jamie Cullum’s BBC Radio 2 show, and an international live broadcast for FIP Radio Paris.