KATRINA VAN HUMBECK
Katrina Van Humbeck is a Winnipeg, based Classical Jazz Singer/ Songwriter/ Pianist, Music & Theatre Performance Educator, an Actor, and she enjoys fitness and modeling. She was raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, although she was born in Czechoslovakia, now known as Slovakia, and immigrated to Canada as an infant. Katrina’s debut album, Blue & Beyond, was released in February 2017. This album is thematically Jazz, with elements of Broadway, Latin, and Soul. This soprano songstress may be viewed as a ‘Crossover Artist,’ as her music embodies her full classical voice, unmistakable flare for Jazz, Musical Theatre, Latin, R&B, and Soul. Working along side her to record and produce this album are some of Winnipeg’s best-known Jazz artists, including Dr. Richard Gillis (Trumpet/Head of Brass at the U of M, Founder of the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra), Jonathan Alexiuk (World Class Jazz Pianist/Arranger/Producer), and Helen White (Jazz Performer/Stylistic Coach/Producer).
Katrina is no stranger to the stage. She has been performing most of her life, as a singer and actor. Many have made comment, “She was born for the stage.” Katrina performs around Winnipeg in coffee shops, theatres, homes, and ‘live music welcoming’ venues. Her music and performance style have been described as heartfelt, beautiful, genuine, contemplative, emotional, sultry, sexy, and fun. A favorite comment by a younger listener is, “Katrina sounds like a Disney Princess.” As a musician, she is inspired to have listeners relate to her music personally and be moved by the stories in her songs. Her music is inspired by the themes of Courage, Love, and Change.
As an educator, Katrina has taught Music, Choir, and Drama at all levels, from Pre-School up to Grade 12, in both public and private schools. Katrina possesses a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in Theatre and Music Performance from the University of Winnipeg, and a Bachelor of Education in Theatre and Music from the University of Manitoba. Her classically trained voice has lead to numerous years of performing success as a church soloist and chorister, dramatist, a participant in the Winnipeg Music Festival, The Little Opera Company, Opera Manitoba, and various University and community choirs.
Katrina continues her life long journey of musical growth, while studying Jazz piano, voice, and composition with Melody Koop and Helen White. She is currently working on her next album project, with an estimated release date of October 2018. Katrina hopes for many performance opportunities to share her music with others.
My Mother, Elizabeth Veres, passed away on Thursday, February 25th, 2016. only eight days after discovering that she had wide spread cancer throughout her body. At that time, I had known that I wanted to pursue my own singing and piano performance once again. My aspirations went as far as singing Jazz standards and Musical Theatre. I never imagined myself a “songwriter.”
On the morning of Sunday, June 13th, 2016, I felt inspired to write lyrics for my first song, I’LL WATCH YOU GO. a song which speaks of my Mother’s death. Tears rolled down my cheeks, as I realized that this was something that I not only wanted to do, but felt compelled to do. I spent the better part of that summer writing lyrics and piano chord arrangements for the songs that are included on this album, Blue & Beyond, and for more scores toward my next project.
Tragedy affects us all in different ways. In my case, it released unknown abilities, creative inspiration, and vast emotions. I now laugh louder and more frequently, have freedom to cry, and feel things deeper than I ever have before. The song collection included on this album, “Blue & Beyond”-A Story of Longing, Love, Loss and Beyond- are personal. yet also reflect my attempts at capturing the essence of the soulful Jazz Artists that I so admire.
The initial inspiration for this album came from my Mother’s death, and my need to express my sentiments in words and melody. Further inspiration came from fellow musicians, my family, and personal life experience.
I lovingly dedicate this Album, Blue & Beyond, to my Family, and to my Mother, Elizabeth Veres’ memory and legacy.