Her phrasing, feel and ability to improvise effortlessly, Christina is the perfect choice for your event.
“Angelic yet visceral”…
Christina Cusiel’s versatility, control and soaring range reflect her classical training. Her phrasing, feel and ability to improvise effortlessly come from her understanding of jazz, and therefore melody.
Considered one of New Zealand’s leading vocalists, Christina was classically trained from the age of ten. She went on to become a graduate of the Christchurch Polytechnic Jazz School.
In 1994 she performed at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, with vocal trio Midas Touch, followed by a New Zealand tour, and three opening spots for the legendary Dionne Warwick.
Christina returned to Wellington following overseas performing to focus on her original music, travelling with Gary McCormick for his Millenium Man tour, which also starred David Lange and Sam Hunt.
She was named female vocalist of the year at the AIWA Music Awards and began working with The Roger Fox Band. This gave way to the formation of soul-fusion band Lady Marmalade, which also featured Warren Maxwell (Trinty Roots) and Aaron Tokona (WETA), and enjoyed the resident band slot at Wellington’s Tattoo nightclub.
The Christina Cusiel Jazz Trio followed, with James Illingworth (piano) and Drew Menzies (acoustic bass) onboard. The trio was the resident band for Wellington’s Te Papa museum, and performed at Festival Of The Arts and the Wellington & Waiheke Island Jazz Festivals.
Christina now resides in Auckland New Zealand, where she is one of the cities busiest jazz singers.