Isabel Sörling is a vocal improviser, composer and musician, born in Ulricehamn in Sweden 1987.
She’s an artist who freely navigates the boundaries between improvisation, folk, and avant-garde, blending vulnerability with mastery.
In March 2020 she released her third studio album “MARELD” on the french indie label IKI Records and was awarded with the French music prize "Victories du Jazz" Artist Vocal 2021.
Isabel has released three records under her own name; A feather from a human (2011), Something came with the sun (2013 - produced by Ibrahim Maalouf) and most recently MARELD. She is now in preparation for two new albums and currently leading three projects under her name (Mareld, Mareld Grand Format and solo project Acoustic Chamber).
Based in Paris since a few years back, she's been touring with musicians from Europe on the jazz and improvised scene. (Paul Lay, Airelle Besson Quartet, Cabaret Contemporarian, Fabrizio Rat, Paul Anquez, Lovisa Samuelsson, Guilhem Flouzat, Anne Paceo, Julien Deprez, Cirque Farouche, James Thierre and more...)
She also co-lead the two Scandinavian experimental groups Soil Collectors and Farvel for several years. The latter was widely acclaimed by European critics and was selected for the "12 points" festival and won "Young Nordic Jazz Comets" in 2012. In the fall of 2016, she was acclaimed by The Guardian newspaper as one of the five most influential contemporary jazz musicians in Europe.
Isabel has a bachelor in improvised music from the Academy of Music and Drama of Göteborg in Sweden. She specialized in improvisation and experimental jazz at the Conservatoire National Superieur du Musique et Danse of Paris. In 2010 she founded the sextet ”Farvel” in 2010, which received widespread acclaim by music critics, who defined them as one of the most interesting groups of young jazz musicians in Scandinavia.
As a composer, Isabel Sörling has written “Mörka Hav” for Stockholm Jazz festival and “Glömd Horisont I,II” and “A dream I, II, III” commissioned by FSJ (The association of Swedish Jazz Musicians) for string quartet and jazz quartet, broadcasted by the Swedish National Radio in 2018. She’s has aslo composed the music for the long feature film "Orso".
Furthermore, Isabel has sung on the two documentaries "HUMAN" "WOMAN" (Yann Arthus Bertrand/Armand Amar) and "TERRA" (Yann Arthus Bertrand, Michael Pitiot/Armand Amar) and in the dance performance "Vertikal" (Mourad Merzouki/Cie Käfig).
Isabel is also featuring on several series, movies, short films. (Une chance de trop, Mia and the white lion, Jusqu'au Dernier, Le congrès, Maman a tort, Foreign Soil, Donne moi des ailes, Marona's fantastic tale, Marche avec les loups and more...)
Chanteuse, compositrice et musicienne d'origine Suédoise, Isabel Sörling s'est rapidement imposée comme l'une des improvisatrices les plus talentueuses de sa génération, naviguant entre des univers musicaux très divers, du jazz expérimental à la pure musique pop-folk scandinave, en passant par l'électronique et le rock progressif. Installée en France, la Scandinave a participé à de nombreux projets et collaborations musicales et transdisciplinaires (Ibrahim Maalouf, Cabaret Contemporain, Kyrie Kristmansson, Anne Paceo).
Son deuxième album sous son nom, MARELD, mêle ses envies et ses multiples influences, un opus de pop tribale et synthétique, unanimement salué par la presse et récompensé par les Victoires de Jazz dans la catégorie " Artiste vocal " en 2021. Véritable voyage initiatique et rituel shamanique, cet album prend une forme encore plus puissante en live, capté notamment par ARTE TV Open stage en 2020, et révèle avec force l'univers éclectique d'Isabel Sörling. Brut, sauvage, d'une authenticité absolue.