Only a Visitor with Koine Project
The Aeolian presents Only a Visitor with Koine Project
Only a Visitor
Fronted by composer / arranger Robyn Jacob, Vancouver's Only A Visitor is described as “one of the most fascinating and singular musical projects to come out of Vancouver in recent memory”(Discorder Magazine). The quintet is redefining West Coast avant-pop music with songs that focus onthe vocal harmonies, as they try to take over the traditionally grounding role of the keyboards, bass and drums. The band is often compared with Bjork or the Dirty Projectors. Jacob's eclectic songwriting is guided by her decades-long study in piano and her commitment to avant garde new music, as well as her study of Balinese Gamelan. Joined by drummer Kevin Romain, bassist Jeff Gammon, and vocalists Emma Postl and Celina Kurz, Only A Visitor's newest release Tower Temporary blazes new trails between pop and experimental music, and follows previously acclaimed releases Climb the Glass Mountain (2014) and Of Course the Journey (2012), released under the name Fist Full o' Snacks. Only A Visitor has performed at festivals such as Artswells, Campbell Bay Music Festival, and The Field, and the Vancouver International Jazz Festival. In February 2017, the group will be recording their full length album Lines, which will be released in June, followed by a tour in Eastern Canada.
Hailing from London, Ontario Koine Project was born out of a desire to craft a new musical vernacular by combining the most riveting aspects of art music and popular culture. Koine, meaning “common”, refers to the form of the Greek language that became the lingua franca (common language) of the Mediterranean world in the first few centuries AD, and reflects the idea of music as universal communication. Koine Project aims to cross boundaries, present music in a new light, make new music, and make music new.
Koine Project's core musicians are Melissa Tipson-Mohr (clarinet), Eric Mohr (bassoon), Alice Hansen (violin), Christina Willatt (voice, keyboards), and Susanne Murphy (keyboards). Rotating musicians include Tomas Bouda (Double Bass) and Maxwell Lucas (Violin). They come from a variety of backgrounds, including composition, classical music, electronic music and church music.
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