Jean Synodinos (say it like this: sin-uh-DEE-nus) delivers grit, grace and acoustic soul for the big kids in the room. www.jeansynodinos.com Her voice has been hailed by critics as "big league," and her award-winning writing (including Kerrville New Folk), digs deep lyrically, moving from big affirmations to little ironies at the turn of a phrase. Deftly skating between genres, Jean easily slips from folk to pop to jazz to blues to create dynamic live performances and recordings that make audiences ask for more.
It's been five years in the making, but Jean's third studio disc, Girls Good & Otherwise, is in production and scheduled for release mid-2011. When asked why her it's taken so long, Jean answers, "You can't repeat what you've already done. You've got to step it up a notch, become a better writer. It took as long as it tookmaybe I'm a slow learner?"
As always, Jean attracts some of Austin's finest players to the studio, and this collection features Bruce Hughes on bass (Jason Mraz, The Resentments), Rob Hooper on drums (Carolyn Wonderland, Guy Forsythe), and Charles Rieser (The Scabs, Boombox) on electric guitars and production. Guest performers on select tracks include Redd Volkaert (Merle Haggard) on blistering guitar, Red Young (Joan Armatrading) on B3 and piano, and John Pointer on beatbox and cello.
Jean's previous releases, Breathe and Lucky, received critical acclaim nationally and locally. Third Coast Music raved, "Synodinos is amazing She has excellent moves as a songwriter and is an accomplished acoustic guitarist, but her big gun is the marvel that is her voice."
In her adopted hometown, Jean has performed as a guest vocalist for Austin's acclaimed ensemble Will Taylor & Strings Attached in several of their shows, including: Best of Led Zeppelin, The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and A Tribute to Joni Mitchell.
She lives with her husband, guitarist and producer Charles Rieser, and their superior mutt Freida. Jean gardens in spite of repeated failures and is always kind to animals. A breast cancer survivor, she appreciates all opportunities to remind women (and the men who love them), that early detection not only saves lives--it saves the quality of lives.
What others are saying about Jean ...
April, 05 2011
Margaret Moser - Austin Chronicle
"As fine a vocalist as she is a composer, Synodinos' Lucky is among the most overlooked albums of recent memory."
April, 05 2011
Genevieve Will - Indie-Music.com
"Few can genre-skate well, but perhaps that's because few have a voice as amazingly versatile as Jean Synodinos'. Certainly, the muses have visited Synodinos, and I'm not so convinced she's not one herself. I'm so blown away [that] I hardly know which to acknowledge as more compelling -- Synodinos' voice or her songwriting capabilities, or stronghold on guitar playing. Her experience and confidence shines through without a shadow in all three, yet the natural juxtaposition her vocal talents provide seem to prevail. Fresh but down-home-dirty. Pure but worldly. Bottomless but downly-light. With that cannon in her pocket, Synodinos could sing any piece passable as music and cast it into greatness. More so than any other artist I've ever witnessed, Synodinos' songwriting is not only a perfect counterpart for her voice, but also impressivley reflects her wit, intelligence and whims. A woman to be reckoned with."
Kerry Dexter - Dirty Linen
"... a writer of humor, grit and grace, with a smoky mezzo well-suited to her elliptical storytelling lyrics."
April, 05 2011
Christy Claxton - Stave Magazine
"Breathe showcases her ability to make a song swing between Dorothy Parker's wit and a well written short story. Synodinos definitely has breadth. Breathe... offers up little treasures with each spin, and once again begs the question, 'why is Jean Synodinos not a household name in the greater folk world?' All I can figure is the white boys in charge are damn intimidated by this great artist."
William Alexander - Enigma Online
"There is something charismatic about Synodinos. There is a vulnerability in her voice that will attract even the casual listener. You have the feeling you are being sung to and not sung at like so many card carrying female acoustic guitar players out there."
Come and help us welcome Jean to the Rear Window, and connect with friends, both old & new, and just have an overall wonderful evening!!!
Rear Window Listening Room
107 East Menefee Avenue
Ganado, TX 77962