Cynthia Hilts
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Cynthia's album “Second Story Breeze” is AVAILABLE NOW at as well as and Itunes. It’s a beautiful trio with Ron McClure and Jeff Williams.
The critics are loving her work - as pianist, vocalist, and composer.

"Cynthia Hilts is a jazz vocalist/musician who has all the qualities to make it happen, and on Second Story Breeze (Blond Coyote) she plays the piano in a fashion that makes the listener want to hear all of her work…"

"Hilts and company have a musical ensemble that will please the ear of the most discerning listener. Cynthia Hilts, as mentioned, is true to the bebop tradition with nods to the masters, yet remains uniquely individualistic in style and substance."

"A fine vocal performance..."

"There are a total of ten tunes on this disc and each one is distinctly different offering a clear testament to the artist’s creative talents as a composer."

Cynthia Hilts is an amazing pianist, a beautiful voice, who writes tunes that range from sultry to hard-driving - serious jazz and compelling lyrics. A quote from the french press: "Cynthia Hilts has drums in her fingers and a metronome in her head. Rhythm pursues her like destiny, even as her voice ignores the interpretations of her hands with superb independence."
She performs in concerts and festivals around the world - New York, France, Mexico, Madagascar, Germany, Sweden, Tunisia. She has recorded for documentaries and and received many awards and grants as composer and lyricist.
Cynthia Hilts' CD, "Stars Down to the Ground" , was released in 2000. Montana Artists Refuge's first release , it is music that Ms. Hilts wrote during her 1999 residency there and recorded with Montana musicians. She recorded "Expect the Unexpected", a free-jazz CD with Mike Ellis, George Garzone, Cecil McBee and Pheeroan Aklaff , soon to be released on Alpha Pocket Records. She has also recorded with The Spirit of Life Ensemble and Tunisian guitarist/composer Mamdouh Bahri.
Ms. Hilts has performed solo and led a number of ensembles over the years, playing mostly her original compositions. Her jazz groups have included such musicians as Ron McClure, Jeff Williams, Pierre Michelot, Claire Daly, Gerald Cannon, Jack Walrath and Gene Jackson. She has played in festivals, concerts and clubs in New York City, around the USA, France, Germany, Mexico, Madagascar, and Tunisia. She has recorded with the French and Swedish National Radios.
Cynthia Hilts' Lyric Fury Ensemble, an eight-piece group formed expressly to play her avant garde jazz and new music works, has played in New York City in the Texaco, JVC and Knitting Factory Jazz Festivals. She also performs an entirely different body of original music as CincHa - singer/songwriter - soon to be released on a self-titled CD.
Cynthia has received a number of awards and grants from Meet the Composer, US West, and the Montana Arts Council as well as commissions from The Festival of Women Improvisers, the Montana Artists Refuge, and choreographer Bernadette Knaeble. Ms. Hilts plays in several big bands and singer/songwriter groups. She has played and conducted for documentaries and worked as musical director for several theatre productions.
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At 11:54am on June 6, 2009, Linda Dachtyl said…
Hi Cynthia, nice sound.

I don't have any gigs when you are in town.
I might suggest that you check out D***'s Den on High Street.

One of the Columbus' staples. Nothing fancy, just good music and good people.
At 12:52am on May 25, 2009, tommie brewster said…
Hi Cynthia - thankyou for finding me and introducing me
to your wonderful music.
It's a great pleasure to be your friend.
At 7:10am on April 22, 2009, Nancy Scimone said…
Cynthia -- Yes this explains so much -- Chopin-- I've had a love affair with him since my teens -- We both have a gig on April 26th in the evening -- in different cities -- so all the best for yours at St. Peters. That's a great space -- years ago, I performed a classical recital there, a completely French and American song recital. That's a great space for your music.

Keep well,
Nancy Scimone
At 7:30pm on April 21, 2009, Nancy Scimone said…
Cynthia -- Nancy from the DC area -- as I listen to your creations,
I'm infused with hope for newness this spring -- how did your space emerge? How did you come to discover this realm of voice/fingers at the piano/ and melody?

Nancy Scmione
At 5:23pm on March 3, 2009, Dr. Craig Treinen said…
Hi Cynthia, Sounds great in here! Beautiful voice!
At 12:57pm on March 1, 2009, Mike Ellis said…
hey sweetness,
....i dug the "deeply human" thing...
At 2:09pm on January 8, 2009, JazzHip said…
You are a great artist and creator! I would appreciate your comments!
At 5:12pm on January 6, 2009, Bruce C said…
Thanks for the kind words that you like the photos...and i will order your CD online...for general info the "nozzle" in my pix section is a mouthpiece for a does kinda looks like a nozzle whren it has no scale of size near it i wild is that? best to you ....always b
At 4:48am on January 5, 2009, Bruce C said…

Cynthia, the word "beautiful" only begins to encompass your performances and stylings. Thank you for sharing the wealth of talents you posses with this network...will look to add your works to my collections and and learn from your intricate stylings to evolve my works too...enticing your music is... Best to you and all in your life for the New Year...again, thanks for sharing the gift of your music...always b
At 9:46am on December 23, 2008, HAROLD HAITY said…
Hello Cynthia,
Wishing you and all your beloved ones a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Harold Haity

















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