"Kirsten Winter and Chris Peirce at Calmer"

From BBC Gloucestershire - Music website

May 7th, 2003


"Chris Peirce and Kirsten Winter have been performing together for three years and their unique interpretations of jazz and blues standards make for an acoustic treat.


The successful acoustic night Calmer is due for another monthly outing - this time at the Playhouse Theatre in Cheltenham instead of their regular home at The Guildhall.


This month's offering is jazz duo Kirsten Winter and Chris Peirce and they play a range of jazz and blues standards in a a laid back and lilting style.


The pair have both been musicians since childhood. Kirsten played piano as a child and used to sing herself to sleep but she didn't start performing publicly until later in life.


She began as a backing vocalist and was influenced by the likes of Tracy Chapman and Alanis Morissette. But she soon became aware of Ella, Nina, and Billie and jazz began to emerge as Kirsten's chosen genre.


Chris also studied piano as a child but it was while he was at Lancaster college that he discovered Isaac Guillory and his musical direction changed forever.


Chris persuaded his mum to buy him an acoustic guitar, and spent the next three years learning to play. He also discovered jazz, and after a brief period playing alto sax in a quintet, settled on acoustic guitar.


Kirsten and Chris have been performing together since early 2000 (sometimes joined by Jonathan Winter on percussion and Adrian Williams on trumpet/cornet).


Their renditions of classic standards have drawn attention from the music press and they have a string of gigs lined up this spring.


Next month the duo play the Cheltenham Jazz Festival but this month you can catch them at Calmer."