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Phyllis Chapell / Press

“Indie-Music: I am writing to inform you that your music has been named one of Indie-Music's Top 25 of 2011! We screened thousands of songs this year, and out them all, yours rose to the top. Congratulations, and keep up the great work!”

“Indie-music Top 25 Awards for 2012”

“Members of SIORA (and other contributors including the Flecktones' Howard Levy) have a special chemistry that makes this modern genre-bending music deeply satisfying and highly recommended.”

"Ms Chapell's calling card is her facility with songs in their native languages, but her trump is a voice that is filled with smokey nuance and emotion."

Kathy Dede - Lake George Chronicle

"Blending world music and contemporary jazz into a soundscape that needs no translation, SIORA takes you on a journey of the soul, touching down in Rio, Paris, Mazer-e-Sharif and points beyond."

William Page - Straight No Chaser, UK

"SIORA's Vis-a-Vis" is a diverse set that is both relaxing and stimulating, one that grows in interest with each listen." Chapell has been included in Scott Yanow's new book "The Jazz Singers: The Ultimate Guide" (the top 500 jazz singers of all time)

Scott Yanow - All Music Guide

"There is much to admire about SIORA, including brilliant solo work and group harmony."

"Kleiman plays exceptionally well.... with digital virtuosity and perpetual creativity..."

Howard Reich - Chicago Tribune

"...Notable newcomers to our first monthly Top 10 chart of 2010 include Siora..."

“SIORA takes hold of world rhythms and delivers a repertoire of indigenous tunes, as well as Kleiman compositions, with assurance insight and affection...Chapell goes beyond singing...extending lyrics into sonic possibilities."”

“This is a set that could have been one of those distractingly "mixed bag" CDs, with all the styles and languages involved, but the arrangements and the musicianship hold the sound together, giving it a straight-through cohesion.”