Welly Wright

(born in Vienna, resident in Vienna), composer. Wright grew up in the Vienna of the swinging fifties, and she received her initial training as a dancer from New York Jazz choreographer Conrad Pringle. She spent the 1960s largely in Europe and the USA. In 1975, she married alto saxophonist Leo Wright (member of the bands of Dizzy Gillespie, Charles Mingus and others) in Berlin. The two of them then founded the band Leo Wright & Friends! She studied classical voice with Hope Foy in Berlin, attended jazz courses at the Berklee College of Music, Boston and with Sheila Jordan, Bobby McFerrin, Rudi Wilfer and others. She returned to Vienna in 1981 and now teaches voice at Schubert Conservatory in Vienna as well as in Pulawy, Poland, at Forum Alpbach, in Wiener Neustadt, in Timisoara and elsewhere. Since 1984, she has collaborated with the Erwin Schmidt Trio, with which she has also recorded LPS and CDs. Her own composition Reminiscing was included in the music documentation of the Austrian National Library in Vienna.
Awards: Ehrenzeichen (Decoration of Merit) of the City of Vienna (2002).

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