Heading down the coast for the second time, Vancouver BC's Only A Visitor will be sharing the stage at Studio Grand with local songwriter Clara Blume. Featuring three part vocal harmonies and asymmetrical rhythms, Only A Visitor's unique songwriting and arranging evokes the likes of Dirty Projectors and Bjork. Partnered with Clara Blume's masterful weaving of styles such as spanish chanson and traditional songwriting, the evening will feature diverse and powerful reflections on the craft of song.
Described by CBC Music as one of 10 Vancouver acts to watch, Only A Visitor is a quintet that blurs genre boundaries by straddling the line between art music and pop. Classically trained, composer and arranger Robyn Jacob’s eclectic songwriting showcases vocal techniques and arrangements that invoke the Dirty Projectors and Bjork. With asymmetrical rhythms twisted around a pop skeleton, Only A Visitor makes room for themselves between pop and experimental music.
Joined in 2015 by drummer Kevin Romain, bassist Jeff Gammon, and singers Emma Postl and Celina Kurz, Only A Visitor released their EP Tower Temporary. In summer of 2017 they released their first full length album Lines, which was followed by a tour of Eastern Canada, including the Montreal, Toronto and Halifax International Jazz Festivals. In the fall of 2016 Robyn completed a solo music residency at the Banff Centre to begin work on the upcoming album Technicolour Education, which will be released January 2019.
Robyn Jacob - keys, vocals
Emma Postl - vocals
Celina Kurz - vocals
Jeff Gammon - bass
Kevin Romain - drums
Clara Blume with Phill Geissler
The Austrian singer, pianist and songwriter Clara Blume recently moved from her hometown of Vienna to the Bay Area, where she will pursue her musical career in the U.S. For the past fifteen years, Clara has been writing her own songs and performing with renowned musicians from all over the world to international recognition. Her songwriting in English and Spanish culminated in her critically-acclaimed and award-nominated debut album, Here Comes Everything. While promoting her music, Clara appeared several times on national television and was invited to tour through Europe and the U.S. Blume's recent compositions masterfully unite Spanish chanson and traditional songwriting. Her voice awakens memories of the haunting expression of one Lhasa de Sela, while her musical arrangements evoke the cinematic scope of Rodrigo Amarante. Clara will perform songs from her soon-to-be released second record as well as a selection of songs from her debut album together accompanied by Phill Geissler on the classical and western guitar.
Phill Geissler grew up in a house full of beautiful music and accomplished musicians, and as a result pursued a career in science. By day, he is a professor at U.C. Berkeley, where he leads a theoretical chemical physics research group in the Department of Chemistry. By night, he plays guitar in a mishmash of classical, rock, and folk styles, drawing on inherited musical intuition in place of proper training.
Doors 9:00 pm; show 9:30
$10-15 sliding scale
*no refunds or exchanges*