This Friday (tomorrow! eek!) I’m releasing my second album on the NACC stage, with Andrea Bettger on violin and Anne-Marie Guedon on cello. The album is called Kindred, after the concert of the same name inspired what has really become my sound over the past few years. I am currently holed up in my office making some final tweaks to the mix with Robert Andrews, the mixing and mastering genius, working remotely from BC. Time zones are working for me today!
This is significant not just because it’s an album launch (yay!), but also because it’s likely the last concert I will do in Yellowknife that will present my music in this way. I don’t know exactly what comes next, but I do know that this concert is a closing of sorts, as I feel I have explored this sound and these songs quite deeply over the past several years and it’s time to move on.
I’m at a bit of a crossroads now, and have been thinking a lot about my own creativity and where it is headed. I’ve confronted a lot of blocks over the years, coupled with bouts of depression and some pretty debilitating mood swings. I have come to realize that creativity is at the heart of both my healing and my pain. The transformative arts facilitation work I was exposed to through PYE Global was life changing, and I need to do more of this. I’m also realizing that finding ways to bring this work to those people who might benefit the most from it is a big challenge in and of itself. Finally, I also feel I’ve reached the ceiling of what I can do freelancing and that work is now getting in the way of my producing the creative projects that are real and true in my heart. A change is coming, and while I’m not entirely sure what it is yet, I feel something shifting internally that is building energy towards an outward shift.
I hope you will come and share this moment with me, or at the very least, I feel I should let folks know that this is probably the last time we’ll present this show, excepting any touring we do. It is fitting to close this chapter with Anne-Marie and Andrea, who are such gorgeous souls and people, and who were there for me two years ago when I was broken, didn’t want to play music anymore, and who lifted me up with their soaring melodies and generous hearts.
Mahsi cho to everyone who’s been along for the ride. I hope you’ll stick around for whatever comes next.
Tickets $20 at the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre website.
After dreaming about it over a year, I’m finally launching my first vocal workshop, 5 Weeks of Vocal Improvisation, in Yellowknife!
In five weeks you will learn basic structures to vocal improvisation, explore your creativity through music, build confidence with your voice, and co-create original songs. If you love to sing, please come! It’s going to be lots of fun, and you can work at your level. Also please share!
This art form has been incredibly fun and healing for me, and I am so excited to share it with you. It is also a way to uncover new musical ideas, deepen your connection to your voice, and work on musicality.
Wednesdays May 3 – June 1 7pm – 8pm at Ptarmigan Theatrics Rehearsal Space.
June 1 is a special 2hr session where bassist Paul Cressman will join us!
Course is $85+tax ($89.25). Lower rates negotiable based on need.
For questions or to register please contact me at (867) 446-2651 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope you can join us! ♥
You can also show your interest or RSVP on the facebook event.
It’s been three years since I launched my dear and personal Inside Journeys Outside album, a collaboration between myself and producer Jeremy Bradfield, as well as musicians in the UK, Canada and the USA.
I have some other projects coming up in the next little while, and so I’ve decided that, both to give myself some closure and to fundraise for the next thing, to put these cd’s on sale. They are now pay what you want on bandcamp (physical copy only). If you know somebody who you think would enjoy my music, please order one or three! It’s $10 suggested, but you can pay as low as $1 if that’s what you’d like to do. I would like to see them go to good homes!
Lots of love and looking forward to sharing the next few projects with you.
Filmed by the fantastic Joanna Grant, these are two highlights from the June 23 concert at NACC. Andrea Bettger is one incredible violinist, and it was a pleasure to share the stage with her once again. Watch the videos here!
I want to extend a huge thank you and gratitude to everyone who came and helped out at my show on Thursday. It meant so much to me to share the evening with all of you, to read your reflections on home and to sing them on stage, and the dream tree! oh my goodness. It was so wonderful to explore after the show. Thank you so much for taking part.
Thank YOU’s (in no particular order)
Sound and lighting techs: Ryan Dempster and Martin Emsland
Keepers of the lobby: Amy Hoare, Summer Meyer, Dana Sipos
Musicians: Andrea Bettger, Dana Sipos
Live painting: Terry Pamplin
NACC staff and amazingness: Marie Codere, Summer Meyer, Treena Riles
Filming: Joanna Grant
As many of you know, I have been training intensely in vocal improvisation in groups and facilitation using the arts and creativity, specifically in the creation of transformative spaces. I’m about to head back to Asheville for the second half of my training in Art of Facilitation, and then off to California for a week of vocal improvisation with Rhiannon, a mentor who has traveled the world teaching and has toured with Bobby McFerrin and his group Voicestra.
I’m excited to share this work with you all, and the picture is still forming of what that will look like. There will likely be a singing circle, and possibly a larger arts project and circle as well, in which we will explore our creativity and power together in a broader sense. This work has been deeply transformative for me and I look forward to sharing it with those of you who feel it’s the right thing for you.
I won’t be in touch much while I’m away, but will be back in mid-July.