About

LEIGH CARRIAGE is a consummate performer, composer, and a creative powerhouse. Leigh delivers unforgettable performances with passion and mastery. Covering obscure gems, intriguing originals and jazz standards encased by deep delicious grooves Leigh has captured the hearts of audiences at festivals including the prestigious Monterey Jazz Festival (USA), Byron Bay Blues and Roots Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, Noosa Jazz Festival and the Melbourne International Women’s Jazz Festival. In 2008 Leigh was opening act for the Brisbane Jazz Festival and at her recent Spiegeltent performance at the 2011 Brisbane Festival, the capacity crowd attending was mesmerized by her innate sense of musicality and vocal prowess. 

In early 2016 Leigh completed a new album of original work entitled Weave. Recorded in Melbourne at Pughouse Studios and Mixed at Tone Ranger Studio, with a stella line up featuring: Rhythm Section: Stephen Magnusson (guitar), Frank Di Sario (bass), Steve Russell (piano) and Danny Fischer (drums). Horns: Julien Wilson, Carl Mackey, Phil Noy, Angela Davis, Tony Buchannan and Carlo Barbaro. Strings: Lizzy Welsh, Charlotte Jacke, Natasha Conrau and Anna Webb. Weave will celebrate its launch and National tour commencing at the Wangaratta Jazz and Blues Festival on Sunday 30th October 2016. 

In 2014, Leigh recorded two more albums in Sydney at Studio 301, an original album Mandarin Skyline which drew a nomination for the 2014 Australian Bell Awards, featuring Hamish Stuart, Jonathan Zwartz, Phil Slater, Matt McMahon, Sam Keevers, Steve Russell and Matt Smith. The album has just arrived back from LA where it was mixed and mastered by Helik Hadar. A nine track jazz album Get Out Of Town was also recorded,featuring Brendan Clarke on bass, Hamish Stuart on drums, Steve on piano and Matt Smith on guitar, beautifully mixed by Jim Kelly. Mandarin Skyline was released with Vitamin Records.
 
Leigh is also a leading contemporary music educator, lecturing at Southern Cross University since 1998. In 2009 Leigh was awarded a Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning. The Citations recognise and reward the diverse contributions that individuals and teams make to the quality of student learning.

 For the past decade, Leigh has been the coordinator of a Visiting Artists mentoring program for Women in Contemporary Music and more recently has developed an innovative website. The website shows the vibrant, creative and diverse contribution women musicians have made to Australian music and culture, including graduates and students from Southern Cross University. In a regional area especially, women students in non-traditional areas often lack support, and this website is one way of providing them with information, resources, contacts, mentors, and inspiration. 

http://www.scu.edu.au/womeninmusic/

Since 2007, Leigh has coordinated the APRA Songwriters Seminars with artists such as: Hiatus Kaiyote, Taasha Coates, Vince Jones, Kerrianne Cox, Katie Noonan, Rob Hirst, Blue King Brown, Lisa Gerard, Nerida Tyson-Chew, Neil Murray, Inga Liljestrom, Darren Percival, The Stiff Gins, Husky, Lucie Thorne, Buoy, Justine Bradley, Jim Moginie, Kristin Berardi. The overall design is that Australian songwriters are invited to discuss their individual and or collaborative approaches to songwriting.

Her research interests include vocal performance, songwriting and arranging and creative practice, vocal improvisation techniques, vocal artistry, vocal pedagogy and vocal recording.  Leigh is currently enrolled in a Ph.D at Sydney University, researching collaborative composition and improvisation.