Inspired by improvisational gypsy music and way of life, jazz vocalist Cyrille Aimée fearlessly embraces the unknown to create unique moments with every performance. Aimée ties her joie de vivre with “a voice like fine whiskey – oaky and smooth, with a hint of smokiness” (Washington Post). Let her exuberant spontaneity lead you to a one-of-a-kind performance at her Caramoor debut this fall.
“Astonishingly creative….with a brilliant sound, fresh ideas, impeccable rhythm and an overall approach that honors tradition without being shackled to the past.”
– The Wall Street Journal
Before the Show
Join us for a complimentary wine tasting provided by Goldens Bridge Fine Wines from 7:00pm – 8:00pm in the Summer Dining Room.
Cyrille Aimée, vocals
Aimée was primarily raised in France by a French-Dominican parentage. As a curious child in Samoissur- Seine, she would sneak out of her bedroom window to wander into the nearby gypsy encampments filled with those attending the annual Django Reinhardt Festival. She quickly fell in love with the gypsy music and way of life and in the years later she would sing on street corners with musician friends while traveling across Europe. While in the midst of one such odyssey, she found herself at the Montreux Jazz Festival, where she won first prize in the 2007 vocal competition—which included the financing of her first self-produced album.
When Aimée auditioned for the French version of American Idol, she became a finalist. Informed she would have to sing only what she was told, her gypsy spirit rebelled—and in what was a cause célèbre she walked from the competition.
Soon after, Cyrille moved to the states and went on to be a finalist in the legendary Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocal Competition in 2010, before winning the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition in 2012.
Aimée’s talents recently caught the attention of Stephen Sondheim, who cast her in an Encore Special Presentation starring Bernadette Peters at New York City’s City Center in November 2013. In August 2014, The New York Times referred to Aimée’s major label release, It’s a Good Day as “a bravura turn, presented with a smile.” With Let’s Get Lost, her second album for Mack Avenue Records, the bright mademoiselle has blossomed into a full-fledged artist.