SATURDAY 19TH JANUARY 2013
Described as “one of the most compelling acts Canada has to offer” (TIME Magazine) and nominated three times for her country’s top music prize (The Juno Awards), multi-faceted Canadian singer/songwriter/pianist Sarah Slean is hitting her stride. With her latest release, the ambitious double album Land & Sea, Slean has created what The Montreal Gazette calls “a masterpiece”.
Showcasing equal parts hooky songster and elegant maestro, Land & Sea is a study of contrasts. Land – a warm, gleeful spasm of unabashed pop/rock, is full of Slean’s signature lyrics, big voice and powerful piano chops, produced by Canadian icon Joel Plaskett and mixed by Big Sugar’s Gordie Johnson and and Vic Florencia (Nelly Furtado). Sea is a collection of nine cinematic, orchestral jaw-droppers, four of which were scored for 21 strings by Sarah herself. With the help of renowned producer/film composer Jonathan Goldsmith (Jane Siberry, Bruce Cockburn) and award-winning engineer Jeff Wolpert (Loreena McKennitt) Sea is “an awe-inspiring panorama of the mature poet and musician” containing “echoes of Gustav Mahler, Leonard Cohen and Kurt Weill.” (Toronto Star)
Over her career Slean’s recordings have incorporated aspects of cabaret, rock, pop, and orchestral, all knitted together by the startling poetry of her lyrics, virtuosic piano-playing, and that voice: “a 19th century Kate Bush” (CBC). And she’s no less accomplished onstage. An established theatre attraction in Canada, Sarah has also performed extensively overseas, sharing the stage with Rufus Wainwright, Alanis Morissette, Chris Isaak, Andrew Bird, Feist, Indigo Girls, Paula Cole, and opening whole tours for Bryan Ferry, Ron Sexsmith and Buck 65, in addition to her own tours of Germany, Sweden and France. Slean’s records have been released in over 10 countries worldwide and she recently performed on the prestigious TED Global stage in Edinburgh. Comfortable in the classical realm, Slean regularly collaborates with the country’s leading contemporary composers and orchestras. But the most startling aspect of her artistry is its breadth. This modern day Renaissance woman has been nominated twice for a Gemini Award for roles in film and TV, has exhibited paintings across Canada, and has published two volumes of poetry.
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