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Briana Cowlishaw

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Jazz Festival, KOREA
VIVID, Melbourne Jazz Festival, Wangaratta Jazz Festival, Hemnes Jazz Festival 
Photography by Jeong Yi


Photography by Rudy Le Coadic.

A  voice with a warm and silky timbre and melodies that weave beautiful threads,Briana Cowlishaw is a London based  27 year old vocalist and composer, who’s itchy feet have sent her exploring across the globe over the past 8 years. Briana grew up in Sydney, lived in New York for extended periods and now resides in London, where she is pursuing her music career as an artist, writer, producer and music teacher. Inspiration ranging from Joni Mitchell, Imogen Heap, James Taylor, Bon Ivor and The Beatles and Elis Regina, Briana’s sound and writing style is quite a unique one.

Briana graduated from the Australian Institute of Music in 2008 and continued on to informal study periods in New York and Canada, learning from internationally acclaimed musicians and composers such as Gretchen Parlato, Kurt Elling, Aaron Goldberg, Becca Stevens, Dave Douglas  and Guillermo Klein. Briana has released 3 albums under her own name, including debut album ‘When Fiction Comes to Life’ (2011 – nominated for Best Jazz Album in the 2013 AUS BELL AWARDS), Paper Mache City (2013) and ‘Fjord’ (2016 – released with long time collaborator and AUS pianist Gavin Ahearn). Briana has featured on album such as Mark Isaacs ‘Duende’ (2014), Jason Bruer’s ‘As Above So Below’ and her composition ‘Take me to the Goldmine’ was featuring on Gavin Ahearn’s ‘Cooper Ridge’ (Steeplechase records).

Briana has performed in International Festivals such as the Chilpo Jazz Festival (South Korea 2013), the Hemnes Jazz Festival (2015), The Edinburgh Jazz Festival (2015), the Wangaratta Jazz Festival (2012, 2014), VIVID Sydney (2013), The Melbourne International Jazz Festival (2013), Urbanscapes (2013).

Briana now lives in London and is working on developing her new pop/folk project ‘Featherstone’, to be launched May 2016.

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‘Cowlishaw has a voice as soft and smooth as satin and slides, note-to-note, as seamlessly. Vocals don’t come any more listenable and, while she might bring to mind certain jazz (and other) vocalists of renown, the best part is she’s developed and is still developing a distinguishable and distinguished style of her own.’

LLoyd Bradford Skye, 2015 (SOS REVIEW)

“Cowlishaw has a young woman’s voice; high, bright, clean. It’s an attractive instrument, and she uses it accurately and judiciously, delivering her lyrics persuasively. Of course, her work is superbly enhanced by the musicians surrounding her.”

Adrian Jackson, Rhythms 2011

“Her songs routinely thwart expectations of where they might go next … Cowlishaw’s lighter-than-air voice drifts and floats, even as it tackles her songs’ harmonic twists.”

John Shand, The Sydney Morning Herald 2011

Briana Cowlishaw, an ethereal singer of pinpoint precision and a touching wistfulness.

James Gavin, NYC 2014

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‘Fjord’ – Briana Cowlishaw and Gavin Ahearn (2015)


Briana Cowlishaw & Gavin Ahearn

A project born out of the hypnotically picturesque hills of Norway, Briana Cowlishaw and Gavin Ahearn come together to create an equally mesmerising performance. Their latest release ‘Fjord’ is a duo album recorded in Nesna (Norway) October 2014, which captures a true sense of free and honest expression. Stripped back to piano and voice (and trumpet on 1 track), the album presents a collection of their own compositions and a number of refreshing arrangements of their most loved pop and jazz standards (‘Fool on the Hill’, ‘Stompin’ at the Savoy’).

Both on stage and in recording, Briana and Gavin seem to trail in and out of improvisation and structure, exhibiting an instinctive empathy for each others musical inclinations. They have been touring, teaching and performing together over the past 5 years in Asia, Europe and Australia, working on a multitude of projects (‘The Wires Project’, ‘Briana Cowlishaw Band’ and most recently ‘The Helgeland Suite’). Maybe it’s the years they have played together, maybe it’s a mutual understanding on what they most appreciate about making music; either way the performance speaks for itself.

‘Paper Mache City’ – Single (Official Live Music Video)

The SINGLE from Briana’s new album: ‘Paper Mache City’, out 4th OCT, 2013.

Directed and Produced by Joker Theory (
Post Production by Aymeric De Meautis (
Music and Lyrics by Briana Cowlishaw (
Shot at Venue 505 (Sydney) Feb 2013.

Featuring Briana Cowlishaw (voice), Peter Koopman (guitar), Gavin Ahearn (piano), Alex Hewetson (bass), Nic Cecire (drums).



P aper Mache City is Briana’s second album and newest release. It was recorded in New York mid 2012 and released in Australia 4th OCTOBER 2013.

Paper Mache City: Born out of the multi-dimensional musical frenzy of New York City, Briana Cowlishaw’s ‘Paper Mâché City’ is a collection of songs that one would call stylistically and sonically diverse. Briana’s music fuses elements of pop, jazz, folk and rock with a modern day Beatles flair, as she likes to describe it! The drums, guitars, electric bass and keyboard synth arrangements scream reference to the beach boys. Her sweet tempered vocals and honest lyrics tell a story of life, love, confusion and realisation like the greats Joni Mitchell and James Taylor used to do. All the while, an underlying grounding in the jazz language and all it’s delicacies cannot be ignored. A playful and quirky approach to 11 beautiful compositions, Briana’s ‘Paper Mache City’ moulds its own niche in the Australian music scene!

Recorded in New York (March – May 2012) with NYC based musicians Ryan Scott (g), Frank Locrasto (p), Bob Hart (b) and Bill Campbell (d). Produced by Ryan Scott and Briana Cowlishaw. Mixed by Pete Rendy (New York). Mastered by Nate Wood (New York). Artwork by Aymeric De Meautis

Nominated for Best Jazz Album in the 2012 Australian Jazz Bell Awards

W hen Fiction Comes to Life, Briana debut album, was recorded in New York in 2010 and released in Australia in 2011. The album release was followed by a national tour of Australia and was nominated for Best Vocal Jazz Album in the 2012 Australian Jazz Bell Awards.

Featuring Aaron Goldberg (piano), Reuben Rogers (bass), Gregory Hutchinson (drums), Mike Moreno (Guitar) and Ambrose Akinmusire (trumpet). All music and lyrics by Briana Cowlishaw with the exception of Triste (composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim, arranged by Briana Cowlishaw) and Skylark (Hoagy Carmichael & Johnny Mercer). ⓟ&ⓒ 2011 Briana Cowlishaw. All Rights Reserved. When Fiction Comes to Life’ introduces the hypnotizing voice and lyrical explorations of young vocalist Briana Cowlishaw. This Debut Album was recorded in New York with some of that city’s greatest jazz musicians (Aaron Goldberg, Reuben Rogers, Gregory Hutchinson, Ambrose Akinmusire and Mike Moreno) and presents Briana’s unmistakable composing style that weaves through the genres of jazz, latin and pop. Each song is like a page or chapter in what feels like a scrapbook of short stories and imaginative journey’s, blurring the boundaries between fact and fiction. A beautiful album that entices it’s listeners as the narrative unfolds.

Released in Australia June 3rd 2011. Recorded in New York at Systems Two Studios on October 20 and 21, 2010. Produced by Briana Cowlishaw, Aaron Goldberg, Reuben Rogers & Gregory Hutchinson. Assistant Producer: Matt Baker. Recording, Mixing and Mastering Engineer: Mike Marciano (Systems Two). Assistant Engineer: Rich Lamb. Piano Technician: Alex Khait. Artwork by Johannes Leak. Design by Marco Gorzel. Distributed in Australia by The Planet Company.



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Teacher: Voice/Composition

Teacher: Voice/Composition


Styles: Jazz, Contemporary, Pop, Funk, Rock, Latin

Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Briana is an enthusiastic teacher, composer and professional performer with the experience and attitude that suits anyone from a beginner to a professional singer. She completed her Bachelor of Music Degree (Contemporary Performance, Vocal Major) at the Australian Institute of Music, and provides a comfortable and fun atmosphere for students to grow and develop as a musician and singer. With a great technical approach and versatile with style and genre (jazz, rock, pop, latin, R&B, blues). Briana is a suitable teacher for a student at any level. Contact:





  • JUNE 2015
  • 8th June
    Briana Cowlishaw Band @ ‘Starry Starry Nights’ – The Star of Hackney Downs

  • MAY 2015
  • THURSDAY 5th May
    Briana Cowlishaw Band @ Troubadour
  • SATURDAY 14th May
    Briana Cowlishaw Band @ The Islington
  • MARCH 2015
  • THURSDAY 10th March 
    Briana Cowlishaw @ BOOK AND KITCHEN  – Notting Hill LONDON
    31 All Saints Rd, London W11 1HE
  • FEBRUARY 2016
  • Thursday 11th Feb
    Briana Cowlishaw & Gavin Ahearn Duo Album Launch – 505 (SYD)
  • Sunday 14th Feb
    Briana Cowlishaw & Gavin Ahearn Duo Album Launch – Uptown (MELB)
  • Wed 24th Feb
    Briana Cowlishaw & Gavin Ahearn Duo Album Launch CJC (Creative Jazz Club) –
    Aukland NZ TOUR
  • Friday/Sat  26/27th Feb
    Briana Cowlishaw & Gavin Ahearn Duo – Nirvana Lounge (Hamilton) NZ TOUR
  • NOVEMBER 2015
  • Monday November 9th
    Briana Cowlishaw & Jamie Leeming Duo  – The Half Moon, Putney – LONDON
  • Wednesday November 11th
    The Workshop – 243 Old Street, EC1V 9EY – 8 – 11pm
    Young Native, Lauren Lucille band (8:45), Lost Dawn, Briana Cowlishaw band
    Free entry. Food available.
  • Wednesday November 18th
    Starry Starry Nights – 35 Queensdown Road, E5 8NN
  • SEPTEMBER 2015
  • 16th September – Mark Isaacs Tour @ Sound  Lounge
  • 18th – 28th September – MARK ISAACS TOUR QLD (AUS) – Feat. Brett Hirst, Tim First, Briana Cowlishaw, Mark Isaacs – 1. Charleville Town Hall  2.Tambo Shire 3. Cloncurry – JOHN FLYNN PLACE 4. Townsville Riverway Arts Centre 5. Cairns – Bernie’s Jazz & Piano Café
  • 29th September – Briana Cowlishaw Band @ NIMA (Newcastle AUS)
  • AUGUST 2015
  • Thursday 6th  August – ‘The Helgeland Suite’ Opens the Hemnes Jazz Festival 2015 (NORWAY)
  • Sat August 15 – Briana Cowlishaw Band – Mosjøen Kulturkafe 1pm-3pm (NORWAY)
  • Monday August 18 –   Briana Cowlishaw Band – Nesna- College opening 1-2pm (Nesna NORWAY)
  • Thursday August 20 – Briana Cowlishaw Band – Mo i Rana- Babettes Cafe
  • Friday August 21 – Briana Cowlishaw Band – Sandnessjøen- Konsertscene- Lille Torget
  • Wed/Thurs 26th/27th August – Briana Cowlishaw Band – Pie Cart, Krakow (POLAND)
  • Fri 28th August – Froff, Village St – Vienna (AUSTRIA)
  • Sunday 29th August – Cafe di Praga – Bratislava (SLOVAKIA)
  • JULY 2015
  • SAT 18th July  – Briana Cowlishaw Quartet @ Edinburgh Jazz Festival Feat. The Vampires (AUS)
  • JUNE 2015
  • Sat27th June –  TRIO @ Lisa’s – Portabello Rd, Notting Hill  9 – 12pm- LONDON
  • MAY 2015
  • 26th May – Briana Cowlishaw Band @ NIMA (Newcastle AUS) 7:30pm feat. Gavin Ahearn Peter Gray, Nic Cecire
  • APRIL 2015
  • 15th April – Michael Griffin Album Launch @ 505 SYD AUS
  • 23rd April – Briana Cowlishaw Band @ Paris Cat  Feat Hugh Stuckey + James Gilligan (MELB AUS)
  • NOVEMBER 2014 
  • Sunday 2nd November – Bri Cowlishaw Duo @ ‘Rushcutters’ 12-3pm.
  • Monday 3rd November  – ‘Mark Isaacs Band’ @ The Wangaratta Jazz Festival (VIC) available on the website or by contacting PH:03 5722 8199, EMAIL: 
  • Sunday 16th November – Bri Cowlishaw Duo @ ‘Rushcutters’ 12-3pm.
  • Saturday 22nd November – Mark Isaacs Band @ Foundry 616, Harris st Ultimo, 8:30pm.
  • Friday 28th Nov – 5th Dec – Norfolk Jazz Festival, Norfolk Island.
  • OCTOBER 2014
  • Thursday 2nd Oct – Briana Cowlishaw, Gavin Ahearn & Gary Hoffman @ NESNA (Norway)
  • Saturday 4th Oct – Briana Cowlishaw, Gavin Ahearn & Gary Hoffman @ MO I RANA (Norway)
  • (click HERE to see a list of all past performances)



The Wires Project will be performing at The Seymour Centre on Thursday the 5th June as part of the NEW WAVE: SOUND program for the Sydney VIVID Festival. Tickets available online now @

The Wires Project @ Sydney VVID Festival


The Wires Project will be opening the show for the Melbourne International Jazz Festival this year, performing at Federation Square @1pm. This is a FREE EVENT! COME ALONG! Check out more info here!

The Wires @ Melb Jazz Festival


Friday 11th OCT 2013. Article by Laren Murada. Photography by Kate Davis. Publicity by On the Map PR




OCT 2013 – Photography by Kate Davis



Friday 4th OCT – Interview by Bob Gordon – Photography by Kate Davis

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Friday 4th OCT – Ticket give away (The Ellington Jazz Club)

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September 17th, 2013 – Event Listing – The Ellington Jazz Club – Photography by Kate Davis

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September 18th 2013 – Photography by Kate Davis

Briana Cowlishaw - Scene Magazine (QLD) Sep 18, 2013-page-001

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