Ursuline Kairson & Sherry Margolin
Ursuline Karison, soprano and Sherry Margolin, piano present American Favorites.
Ursuline Kairson’s musical background spans Broadway, Paris and London’s West End, with leading roles in Two Gentlemen of Verona with the New York Shakespeare Festival, Jesus Christ Superstar, Showboat (a revival), Purlie, Leonard Bernstein’s Mass at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington D.C.
She starred on Broadway in Bubbling Brown Sugar, the show that would bring her to Paris for the first time. Her success in it soon led to engagements at the Parisian cabaret Paradis Latin. It was also there she became a lyricist when asked to write songs for the various shows.
Ursuline has written and performed various shows in Paris, including Ursuline Sings Broadway, From Josephine to Edith Piaf, Songs Of Paris, Galaxie USA-From Broadway to Hollywood, and has created a gospel group and toured with it. Other engagements have taken her as far afield as Hong Kong, Japan, Tunisia, and Thailand. Especially rewarding were her three tours in Africa for the U.S. State Department to promote cultural exchange and understanding.
From Chicago, IL, Ursuline began singing in church at an early age. She has authored and recorded a cd entitled “Out Of The Blue” and recently starred to critical acclaim in the play “Maya, Une Voix” at the Theatre Essaion in Paris. Other engagements include Café Laurent, Le Cercle Suedois, the Mona Bismarck American Center to name a few, as well as numerous private events.
Sherry Margolin was born in Boston in 1954, and started the piano at age six. Her older brother Bob Margolin is a Blues guitarist who toured the world with Muddy Waters in the 70s and continues to win awards in the Blues world for his guitar playing, singing and songwriting. Sherry moved to Paris in 1983 just as it was becoming the capital of World Music. Soon after, she met Nigerian percussionist and singer Chief Udoh Essiet, a former musician with Fela Kuti, who had just arrived from Lagos with his Afrobeat group Ghetto Blaster. Thus began a long musical collaboration that has resulted in scores of original compositions, three albums, and several hundred concerts worldwide. All the while, Sherry has been accompanying Gospel singers and large choirs in France for more than 35 years. She is known for her joyful and rhythmic playing, always faithful to the traditions of African American Gospel music.
So It Goes
Didn’t It Rain
Soon I Will Be Done
Poor Wayfarin’ Stranger
What A Wonderful World
Blues In ¾
Out Of The Blue
When The Saints Go Marchin’ In
If We Ever Needed The Lord Before