Connie Lansberg is a singer/songwriter, jazz artist and published author, and for this artist, it is all about the story. Connie manages to be both accessible and sophisticated while gracefully traversing folk, pop, and jazz with authenticity and ingenuity.
With four albums of standards and originals ready for release, she is drawn to stories that hold up a mirror to our triumphs and tragedies, our loves, and our losses. As an author, she loves the long-form. As a songwriter and singer, there is nothing more pleasing than summing up the difficult, the wonderful, the terrifying, the exhilarating feeling of falling in or out of love in a three-minute soliloquy accompanied by talented musicians.
Insomnious Volume I is part of an ongoing creative collaboration between Connie and one of Australia’s premier jazz artists, Mark Fitzgibbon.
Each of the songs on Insomnious was picked for a particular reason. Connie says, “Firstly, I wanted only songs of unrequited love or dark melodies such as Whistling Away the Dark, a collaboration between Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer. I think it’s very Irving Berlin, and I’m drawn to that sad Eastern European ethos. I especially love a sunny melody with sad lyrics and a hopeful twist. That’s my stock in trade both as a songwriter and singer. I tool a cinematic approach to each of these songs. I grew up on movies, and I see all these stories as little films.”
Alone With Bees, her second album, (Coming Nov 2020) solidifies and deepens her collaboration with Mark in a series of originals and carefully curated standards. This album showcases the artistry of her song writing and her ability to tell a story. Each song has a clear point of view echoed by the musical hooks, and the themes move between courage, hope, and resilience. The melodies are accessible, as are the lyrics and brought to head by the musical artistry of Mark, Ben Hanlon, and Peter Hodges.
Her third album, the playfully titled Deep Dark Down & Blue is rife with intriguing layers. The album’s weighty title belies the invigorating and upbeat nature of its songs. This album manages to be both accessible and sophisticated while gracefully traversing folk, pop, and jazz with authenticity and ingenuity. Each of the track’s carefully crafted lyrics offers a profound, poignant and poetic message without detracting from the album’s overall lilting feeling. The ten-song album represents the start of the creative collaboration between Connie and Mark Fitzgibbon Fitzgibbon.
It was written as an accompaniment to her first book The Perfect Tear. The album, with ten original songs, had to be put on ice until the book is being released by BHC Press, a US publisher, in early 2021 as part of a trilogy.
Previously, Connie has placed original songs in globally syndicated Australian television shows. Her jazz ensemble, The Connie Lansberg Quartet, has become a mainstay of the Melbourne jazz scene. At her creative core, Connie is a storyteller. Her songs brim with elegantly expressive melodies, and poetic lyrics. She is inspired as much by Shakespeare as she is by Simon & Garfunkel, Carole King, and Patsy Kline.
Reading and writing have always been essential to Connie's creative process. What ties her books and songs together are well-chosen, beautifully written words. The only difference between her books and songs is the word count.