So I just played a gig. Specifically I just played the last Chicks with Picks for 2018 at the Townie and it was mindblowingly incredible. Anyway, I just really needed to spew out all of the thoughts and feelings I had about the evening and share the incredible music that the musicians tonight shared.
Before I launch into compositional fan girl territory, I just want to talk a little about Chicks with Picks. It’s a monthly event that showcases Non male musicians run on the last Sunday of the month. It’s been going for a very long time, and I’m super stoked that I was finally able to play one!
There were three other artists playing the gig, all of whom had loop based music. They also all played “traditionally classical” instruments in a not classical fashion, which as a former classical musician was very exciting to see. Seeing other artists experimenting with music in a similar way gives me hope that there is a place in the industry for me and my music (context: 2018 was filled with people telling me I can’t play shows because my music is wrong)
I’m going to do this in gig order, because writing is a linear art, and I have to start somewhere!
This specific somewhere is with an artist called Little Green. LITTLE GREEN PLAYS FLUTE! It’s so exciting to share a stage with another flautist. Her music sits somewhere between jazz and folk. As for her performance: her guitar was stunning, her vocals more so, and DID I MENTION THE FLUTE!?
Next up was Amy Viola. It was fascinating watching her process. She uses the same loop pedal as me, but with a very different approach, not to mention the fact she plays viola (if you’ve been following my instagram, you will have noticed it’s an instrument I’ve recently started to play. I currently sound like an out of tune screechy cat!)
Her influences came from everywhere - A bit of folk here, bluegrass there, but also a classical heritage. From the banter that came just before her last song I have a feeling we had a very similar existential music crisis during uni. As much as existential crises suck, (on a selfish level) I’m really glad it’s resulted in my ears being massaged by beautiful music.
The last act for the night was Cellist Sister Ursuline. I’ve been following her online for the better part of this year, and not only did we finally meet, but I got to listen to her live set! Her songwriting and use of pedals are intricately stunning. Everything was so well choreographed, and if you weren’t staring at her feet intently like me ( again - we use the same looper in a very different way) you would never be aware of her complex peddling.
I always leave gigs like this feeling two ways: 1) unbelievably pumped and inspired to perfect my craft and 2) disappointed that I’ve never heard of these musicians before now. Discovering new music is hard, but discovering new music from small independent creators in your area can be harder. Anyway, one of the ways to solve the discoverability issue is to share the music of musicians like this wherever you can (which is exactly what I’m doing!)
I hope you enjoy them as much as I have!!
On an unrelated note (ha ha ha) this is another one of my “inspired by” outfits. The human that inspired this is a creator called Annika Victoria. I first started following her through her blog The Pine needle Collective. In recent years she’s become more of a youtube educator/ instagram activist (her writing surrounding chronic illness is amazing). A lot of her recent outfits (seemingly) fit into my 2018 favourite fashion genera - Pyjama core (which perfectly describes this outfit). I’ve defined pyjama core as clothes that look “socially acceptable” by Western standards, but are comfy enough to wear to bed.
Finally! I released this new song (technically) yesterday. It’s based upon a bit from my favourite podcast The Guilty Feminist. So yeah! Check it out if you want to :)