Pauline Frechette - 'Jewel Box'
By Aaron Cloutier & Staff
The W.A M. Awards celebrate the year’s most outstanding independent artists from around the world in multiple genres and categories. "Best Song" and "Best Album" nominations were based on Artistry, Musicianship, Originality, Professionalism, Diversity, and Excellence. W.A.M. stands for "We Are the Music Makers.' Pauline Frechette's "Jewel Box" was the 2020 W.A.M. Award Winner for Best Song in the Instrumental music category.
“Jewel Box” is an instrumental piece which speaks volumes. Simultaneously articulate and abstract, this piece is captivating from beginning to end. The opening melodic theme is bittersweet and dark. When we first hear this melody it is played on a piano in a high register supported by strings, which occasionally punctuate melodic phrases. When we hear the melody again, this time doubled by a viola, one can’t help but be enthralled and want to know where this story will go.
Sophisticated orchestration and development of themes keep this song moving forward and keep the listener’s engagement. Each time a melody is repeated it is stated in a new way, building throughout the short but impactful song to create a compelling narrative. The effect of the piece derives its elegance through a delicate balance. It is just intricate enough to make a statement, while remaining intimate and accessible. Contemplative and haunting, the song is undeniably well-crafted.
With “Jewel Box” you receive quality from every angle. The recoding and mixing of the song, precise instrumental performance, and expert arrangement combine to create a genuinely engaging experience. At the song’s resolution, the story feels complete, and leaves the listener with a sense of closure. Set aside a few minutes to listen to “Jewel Box” with your eyes closed…you’ll be glad you did.
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For more information on Pauline Frechette, please visit her website. About Pauline Frechette
Pauline Frechette is a contemporary composer/performer. Her music is best definied as “Neo-classical” miniatures. DEF. “The use of modern techniques within the classical form composing music that reflects one’s own compositional voice.”
Her work has been performed by the Baltimore Symphony, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, New West Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, National Symphony at the Kennedy Center and at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Pauline has sung on film scores and with many legendary artists including Paul McCartney, Beck, Cher, Willie Nelson, Neil Diamond, Muse etc. As a performer she is a a contemporary poet-musician who takes her audience on an emotional journey, moving effortlessly from her original piano compositions to romantic jazz and humorous theatrical songs.
Pauline’s albums "Colors of My Heart” and "An Intimate Story” received rave reviews and debuted at #3 on Billboard’s Jazz, Classical and Classical Cross-over charts. Her music is currently played in over 150 countries to millions of listeners and has over 10 million hits collectively on Spotify, Soundcloud, Reverbnation, iTunes and Amazon. Pauline won the 2020 “Best Instrumental” W.A.M. Award for her song, “Jewel Box.”