Monika Wall | Parallel Mondo

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Parallel Mondo

by Monika Wall

Vintage vignettes from around the world. An album in two parts. Part One Green, earthy themes ranging from bluesy, New Orleans style tunes and “Porter-like” charmers. Part Two Blue, drawing from fantasy and ranging from lush, exotic rumba to artsy folk.
Genre: Easy Listening: Adult contemporary
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1. Little Bee
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2. Guy Thing
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3. Human Habitat
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4. Berlin
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5. Get Your Happy On
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6. White Bread Blues
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7. Frostfire
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8. Vocalise on a Magic Carpet
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9. Stolen
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10. Looking Glass
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11. Brighter Day
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12. Ade
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Album Notes
Monika Wall has created her own authentic sound of vintage cabaret and chamber pop. By connecting the sounds of many cultures this award winning, international singer, captures life’s journeys with her effortless, transforming voice. Listeners are transported through her contagious melodies creating vignettes of life from around the world. Deep roots in the classics, from the warmth of Puccini to the charm of Porter, feed her music reminiscent of old Hollywood. Whether singing in an Afro-American Gospel choir in the US or performing opera arias overseas, Monika has always captivated her audience. She seamlessly transitions from the lush instrumentation of chamber pop to catchy cabaret with occasional inspiration from her classical past.

Many songs reflect on Monika’s experience of living and singing in Europe for five years. While participating in a vocal competition in Hamburg she realized that time spent in Europe would be essential to her career. Six weeks later she, her husband and two toddler sons were on a plane moving to Germany. This sense of adventure carries over to her music which fearlessly crosses genres and creates a signature sound that is both compelling and beautiful.

With a pocket full of stories she came back to her native Winnipeg. Shortly after her return she was woken one night by a refrain echoing in her head. This new song insisted on being heard. She sang it into a recording device and immediately two more followed.

Since that call to song writing she has written over 70 songs. Her fascination with the human experience in all its simple and complex expressions is reflected in her lyrics. Songs that consider just human relations, caring for the world and enduring love all reflect her philosophy that life is what we make of it.

In 2010 a major work, ‘Handmaid of the Lord’ which tells the story of the nativity seen through the eyes of Mary, debuted to a sold out house and hundreds more listeners in 2011. A solo work which transitions with influences as diverse as classical, folk and swing, it engages the listener with intelligent, touching and playful tunes. As one listener put it “I kept thinking this is my favorite…until I heard the next one.”

The album is the first recording of Monika’s originals and has received enthusiastic responses from CBC radio and Live 365. ‘Parallel Mondo’ will pull you in with it’s current sound combined with the charm of bygone eras.



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