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Laura Fygi: The Icon
Very few Dutch vocalists are recognized abroad as icons in the field of singing and entertainment. But she succeeded: Laura Fygi, daughter of an Egyptian belly dancer and a Dutch businessman.
She has been at the top of an impressive international career for over thirty years, singing in six different languages on all continents.
She achieved unprecedented international accomplishments as a singer as well as an actress.
Laura Fygi has been awarded an Edison (Dutch Grammy Award), Voice of China Award, Japan Radio Popular Disk Award, Life Time Achievement Award, and – following Hillary Clinton, Nelson Mandela, Sir Cliff Richard, Aretha Franklin, Plácido Domingo, and Kenny Rogers, with the prestigious Pacific Asia BrandLaureate International Brand Personality Award.
Since 1991, she has performed on all major world stages, festivals, and in the most prominent clubs on every continent. Together with the prestigious American record label Verve and Universal Records, Laura Fygi released no less than 17 albums in over 30 countries. Many of them became gold and platinum records, and she has earned her spot on the American Billboard Jazz chart.
Laura Fygi is the first Dutch artist with a worldwide record deal with Universal Asia and closed several record deals with the Chinese record labels GoldTyphoon and JZ Music. Recently she reached over 140 million streams on Spotify from over 160 countries.
The LA Times recently wrote in a review, “Laura Fygi’s performance is better than `Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand and even Sarah Vaughan”.
Royal Theatre Carré
Internationally renowned vocalist Laura Fygi was once recorded in jazz club Ronnie Scott’s in London. For a week Fygi performed night after night on the stage of this legendary jazz club where big names like Stan Getz, Ben Webster and Donald Byrd were her predecessors. An album was released worldwide on the renowned jazz label Verve. Central is Fygi’s love for the American Songbook, to which she has often dedicated her repertoire. Her debut album Introducing was immediately awarded an Edison Award. It was also listed in the American Billboard Jazz charts and was extremely successful in Japan. In ’92 Bewitched followed, with pieces by Nat King Cole and others, followed two years later by the Brazilian-tinged The Lady Wants To Know. Fygi surprises her fans time and again by choosing new styles and genres. She effortlessly switched from pop to the work of renowned French composer Michel Legrand, who especially rearranged and orchestrated the songs for Laura on the album Watch What Happens (’97). At the end of ’99 Laura released The Latin Touch, followed two years later by the intimate Change, an album with jazzy listening and pop songs, based on personal memories. With 30+ years as on stage, she released 5 more albums and an autobiographical book with anecdotes and photos of unique moments in her career.
Java Jazz Festival
Laura Fygi has long considered Julie London one of her principal inspirations. Yes, the lushly exotic Fygi, whose multicultural heritage is Dutch by way of Egypt and Uruguay, can smolder with London-worthy intensity. But Fygi is a far more gifted vocalist, with a substantially wider range and significantly sharper interpretive skills. If comparisons need be made, equating her with Peggy Lee seems far more apt. Like Lee, she can swing easy and seduce cunningly, all while maintaining a feisty sense of self-reliance. This is a singer you simply have to like if you like Ella Fitzgerald. She has a low, sometimes sensual sound.
North Sea Jazz
Laura Fygi and her talented backing band bring a dazzling brand of jazz, bossa nova and salsa overlaid with Middle Eastern flavours to their concert. Fygi is the consummate performer with a long track record of awards right from the age of 10. She swayed and sashayed her way through a smorgasbord of songs from cultures that she knows from first-hand experience. She glistens with style and grace and transports you on a musical adventure through the countries of Latin America, France, America and Egypt. As a member of the audience, you will feel very privileged to witness her stunning show particularly as she recently marked her 30th anniversary as a worldwide renowned solo performer.
“Laura’Fygi’s first song of the evening at the Adelaide Jazz Festival was Night and Day played with a bossa/jazzy feel. Then some cool jazz followed with Let there be You and Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered which she crooned her way through like slowly melting butter. We clicked time to a Michel Le Grand song If it takes forever and were introduced to a French version (why else?) of C’est si bon which we enjoined in chorus. Her French version of In other words made this song refreshingly different. If that wasn’t enough, along came a steamy version of Diamonds are Forever in which Fygi hammed up the pouting and effervescent Monroe, with great effect. More salsa followed on Sabor a mi a song made famous by Eydie Gormé and on Quizás, Quizás, Quizás (Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps) which was muy bien. As a member of the audience, I felt very privileged to have witnessed her stunning show. She has a beautiful voice and her mastery of the stage stems from a lifetime spent performing. I sincerely hope she comes back soon. And, judging by the standing ovation at the end of the concert here in Australia, many others would agree.
Mike Harrison - Global Media Post (Australia)
“ Laura Fygi is no stranger to China. The Dutch singer was one of the main artists singing earlier this month at the JZ Festival Xiamen, East China’s Fujian province, accompanied by the 18-piece big band of the JZ Club Shanghai. The jazz singer, known for her husky voice, beautiful diction and great ability to tell stories with her songs, is a much loved musician in China. Her music is popular with audiences, and of high artistic quality, says Xi, adding that “Chinese audiences first fell in love with her after listening to CDs. And they loved her even more after seeing her live.”
Voision Xi - JZ Festival in Shanghai, Beijing, and four other cities of China.
ZEIST – Today, Sunday 27 November 2022, it was announced that it has graciously pleased His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands, to appoint singer
Wherever Laura Fygi appears, she’ll be perceived as a veritable vision of exotica. In her home country the Netherlands she’s known as the woman raised in Uruguay as the daughter of an Egyptian belly dancer; in the Far East she’s seen as the emancipated lady many aspire to be. But no matter which country she visits, her most striking quality will always be that instantly familiar voice which has won her fans around the globe.
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