kalil wilson

KALIL WILSON
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Kalil Wilson’s velvet voice, soulful delivery, and thrilling classical tenor performances mark him as a uniquely exciting new musical artist. Expertly capable and innovative in jazz, pop, and R&B; highly accomplished in the classical singing tradition, he is one of those rare singers who crosses through genres, bringing to audiences intriguing and nuanced performances.In his young career, he has sung on stages from the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center, to Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Getty Center; UCLA’s Royce Hall, the West Coast’s premiere jazz venues and beyond. As a classical singer, he performs lead tenor roles and oratorio with leading companies including the Los Angeles Opera and the Oakland East Bay Symphony. World famous soprano Renée Fleming has said of Kalil’s singing: “Beautiful! Kalil makes me cry.”Kalil is the protégé of music legends Kenny Burrell and Seth Riggs. A recent magna cum laude graduate of UCLA, he received early training at UC Berkeley’s Young Musicians Program. His influences include iconic singers like Sarah Vaughan, Dinah Washington, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Donny Hathaway, and Stevie Wonder; his live performances touch audiences with surprising interpretations, innovative arrangements, and deeply original songs.Kalil’s artistry is beautifully showcased on his critically acclaimed debut album, Easy to Love, which is being played on radio stations across the world, in it’s ninth month of enthusiastic rotation at KJAZZ 88.1, Los Angeles. With accompaniment provided by the dynamic Berkeley Everett Trio, the album has propelled recent California tours that included such notable venues as Yoshi’s, The Jazzschool, Catalina’s, the UCLA Jazz/Reggae Festival and the Central Avenue Jazz Festival.2010 sees Wilson with the Los Angeles Opera, reprising a role he premiered in 2009, written for him by the famed composer Lee Holdridge. He recently opened the 2009-2010 season with the Oakland East Bay Symphony in a highly praised gala performance. He has been the featured tenor voice in dozens of symphony and oratorio concerts, and been honored with many classical singing awards and fellowships, including two seasons with the prestigious Aspen Summer Music Festival.As a teacher, Kalil follows his passion in many ways. Kalil nurtures talented vocal students in his West Los Angeles studio. He has lectured with the University of California at Los Angeles and at Berkeley. His World Passport audio guide (www.WorldMusicPassport.com) is a delightful internet destination, used worldwide by universities, scholars and music lovers.