On Friday November 4th, the Lyric Theatre warmly welcomes singer-songwriter Eleanor Dubinsky, a multilingual musician (vocalist, guitarist, and cellist) whose music lives at the tender edge where jazz, world, and pop sensibilities meet emotionally forthright songwriting.
One of NPR Alt.Latino’s four 2018 picks for New Spring Music, Eleanor Dubinsky hails from St. Louis, MO and is based in New York. Her sound reflects and celebrates both her mid-western roots and the formative time she has spent in South America, Western and Central Europe, Portugal, and Cape Verde. Singing in English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese, Eleanor and her multi-faceted band bring open-hearted authentic cultural fluency to dynamic compositions that explore the fragile links between human emotions and responsibility.
Eleanor's creative roots are in classical cello. She holds a BA from Brown University in Educational Studies and has made festival appearances in Lincoln Center's Boro Linc: La Casita, the Kimmel Center, Levitt At The Falls South Dakota, 4+4 Days In Motion Festival (Czech Republic), and the Puerto Morelos Music Festival (Mexico). In 2020 Eleanor initiated Jazz And More with guitarist Dario Acosta Teich, a Sunday night livestream concert series welcoming a global audience. Jazz And More is supported by audience contributions, 25% of which go weekly to a non-profit organization actualizing positive change in the world. Eleanor has released three albums to date: Touch The Sky (2011), Listen To The Music (2012), and Soft Spot of My Heart (2018).
At the center of Eleanor's artistic mission is using music as a means for empowering and amplifying marginalized voices and generating dialogue amongst diverse audiences. She is currently a US State Department Arts Envoy and a member of the 2020-21 Gibney Moving Toward Justice Cohort (a fellowship supporting artists working at the intersection of art and social justice). Via leading programs in Costa Rica, Argentina, and Honduras, Eleanor has developed songwriting and professional development workshops for students of all ages in which she and local collaborators teach students to write and record original songs rooted in personal and community narratives.