Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Jungr, Barb (Barbara Veronica Anne)
Jungr, Barb (Barbara Veronica Anne), singer; b. Rochdale, England, 9 May 1954. She grew up in Rochdale and Stockport in the northwest of England. Her parents are Ingrid (born in Germany) and Miroslav Jungr (born in Czechoslovakia). Her mother played piano. Her siblings are Kristina Jungr (born 1962 died 2000) and Carolyne Jungr (born 1964).
She mainly studied on the job but her first music teacher was Gwendolyn Walsh, violin. She also studied vocal work with Paul Newham. She attended Stockport Convent For Girls 1963 -1972. and graduated with a BSc. Hons Botany from Leeds University 1972-5. Barb Jungr arrived in London in the mid-'70s from the northwest of England and quickly became involved in its music, theater, and film worlds. Soon thereafter, CBS Records released her fist single, "He's Gone," and NME selected it as one of its "Singles of the Week." With Jerry Kreeger and blues guitarist Michael Parker, she formed in the waning years of the decade the Three Courgettes, which got involved at the very beginning of the city's alternative cabaret scene. The vocal trio was discovered by Island Records busking new wave versions of gospel songs in the Kings Road and Portobello Market. They released a pair of singles on the label, ultimately leading to tours with such acts as Sade and Kid Creole & the Coconuts. After the Courgettes came to an end, Jungr released a solo album on Magnet Records that would eventually become a collector's item, before reconvening with Parker in the early '80s as the duo Jungr & Parker. They would spend the next 13 years touring extensively and internationally, as well as frequently performing their mix of folk, blues, and jazz on British television and radio, ultimately winning a Perrier Award. They also released six records.
By the outset of the 1990s, however, it was the ambitious, thematically assembled live shows that had become Jungr's primary artistic outlet. She spent the first half of the decade developing and directing the showcases, both for groups and as solo pieces. The shows were usually tied together conceptually and, drawing on her background, presented theatrically at such esteemed venues as the Purcell Room and Pizza on the Park. Chief among these were "Hell Bent Heaven Bound" (with Ian Shaw, Christine Collister, and Parker), another Perrier pick, and "Money the Final Frontier" (with Mari Wilson and jazz singer Claire Martin).
In the midst of her busy performing and touring schedule, Jungr also found time to pursue a plethora of extracurricular projects. With co-writer James Tomalin, she began composing the music for a variety of television programs and theater companies. She also became a director of workshops for vocalists, and arranged for and conducted various choral groups and choirs. In addition, Jungr began to research, teach, write, and speak about the voice and European cabaret. In 1996, she earned a master of music degree in ethnomusicology from Goldsmith's College, which led to the formation of the trio Durga Rising (originally called JBC) with tabla player Kuljit Bhamra and longtime piano accompanist Russell Churney.
When in London she is a regular tutor at The University of North London and is founder, arranger and conductor of Horniman Museum Adult Singers Raise The Roof Choir. She teaches cabaret techniques (Actors' Centre, University of North London) and is in demand for corporate workshops on voice, singing, drama and movement. She has presented, written, and researched programs on world music for national radio in the UK (BBC 2, 3 and 4) and Canada (CBC) and has contributed to a wide range of BBC radio programs on music, singing, cabaret and arts related topics (Saturday Review, Loose Ends, Women's Hour, Midweek, Kaleidoscope, Richard and Judy). By the end of the decade, Jungr had begun to contribute songs to various cabaret compilations. Her album of Bob Dylan songs was launched live in England with a sold-out run at the Soho Theatre, and led to a traveling showcase that Jungr took to New York City in the autumn of 2002. In the meantime, she also continued work on a musical, The Ballad of Norah's Ark, set for release the following year, and recorded classical composer Jonathan Cooper's "Moon Cycle" (written especially for her voice) in anticipation of its premier in 2003.
Durga Rising (1996); Bare (1999); Chanson: The Space in Between (2000); Every Grain of Sand (2002)
Intimate Strangers: Charm (1986); Billy Bragg: Workers Playtime (1988); Various Artists: World Is a Wonderful Place: The... (1994); Peggy Seeger: Period Pieces: Women's Songs for... (1998); Christine Collister: Songbird (2000); Various Artists: 9x2 (2002)
The Millenial Poem, 2000, director Brian Hill. Singer Barb Jungr. Composer Michael Conn; The Pyramids, 2002, soundtrack Jonathan Cooper, singer Barb Jungr
Barb Jungr, author, chapter "Voice" The Cambridge Companion To Blues and
Gospel, published 2003
A regular feature writer for The Singer, she has written for Jazzwise and The Stage, and contributed an essay to The Institute of Ideas book On Commitment.
Yahoo fan site appreciation of Barb Jungr
The CD "Every grain Of Sand" was nominated Best ten jazz CD's of 2002 in The Sunday Times (UK) and The Telegraph (UK) newspapers and the Washington City Paper, (US)
'Chanson The Space In Between' was nominated top ten jazz cd's of 2000 in The Sunday Times (UK)
Barb Jungr was awarded 'Best international artist' in the Backstage Bistro Cabaret Awards in NYC, US, 2003 for her performances at The Flea Theatre September 2002.