Anne-Marie Sanderson is a British singer-songwriter, based in Portland, Oregon, celebrating the release of her EP, Shadows & Sparks at the Alberta Street Pub. Her last release, Eloquence, received glowing reviews on both sides of the Atlantic, gaining recognition in equal measure for her well-crafted songs, inventive guitar techniques, and her enchanting vocal stylings. Following in the tradition of timeless singer-songwriters, her music is often compared to that of Joni Mitchell and Nick Drake, but fans and critics alike recognize that Anne-Marie Sanderson is all her own.
Anna Fritz is a Portland-based cellist and folksinger. She performs original songs for cello and voice, touching on themes of gender, justice, spirituality, and connection to the natural world. Anna has the training of a classical player and the experience of a touring rocker, which gives her brand of folksinging a unique flavor. Her performances are disarmingly vulnerable with plenty of direct connection with her audience. Anna’s powerful, heart-centered songs and her authentic presence move audiences to sing together when she invites them, which she often does.
Although Anna embraces her folksinger identity, her sound is informed by an eclectic musical career, tracing a path from the conservatory to the dive bar and back to the concert hall. She’s a trained classical cellist, a founding member of Portland Cello Project, and has recorded with bands such as The Decemberists, My Morning Jacket, Blue Cranes and Dirty Projectors. Keeping one foot in the indie rock world, Anna has devoted her solo career to carrying on the folk tradition in her own classically-bent way. Her most recent album, The Gospel of Tree Bark, marries her orchestral sensibilities with songs born of the folk rock tradition. Recorded and co-produced by Jason Wells (March Fourth Marching Band, Trashcan Joe) in Portland, OR, the songs are arranged for Anna’s versatile voice, numerous cellos, percussion, and the occasional french horn and electric guitar.
Ryan Francesconi and Mirabai Peart discovered their musical connection through a shared interest in Balkan music while touring with Joanna Newsom. Their recent duo album "Road to Palios" follows as an expansion from Ryan's first solo guitar album "Parables", taking in more energetic moments and complex counterpoint between Mirabai's violin and Ryan's guitar. While the music is composed and arranged by Ryan, the imprint of its Greek and Turkish foundation is clearly audible. Much of the inspiration for this record is drawn from a trip that Ryan and Mira took to the Greek island of Lesvos in late 2010. As a quartet with percussionist Tobias Roberson and bassist Paul Brown, they will be releasing a new album of Ryan's original works this coming year.
Ryan Francesconi is a composer, guitarist, balkan musician, and cyclist living in Portland, Oregon. Recent projects include arranging Joanna Newsom's 2010 release "Have One On Me". He has formal training in everything from Balinese gamelan to computer science and has studied tambura, kaval and audio DSP programming on top of holding degrees in guitar (BFA) and composition (MFA). Ryan's prolific career is reflected in an impressive discography of original music. "Parables", the tenth album and first under his own name, is intended as a deeply personal attempt to realize all compositional potential he could using just the one simple instrument: Ryan recorded the album live and using no overdubs, and his solo acoustic guitar creates a rich sound that hints at his extensive musical interests - Baroque, Balkan, Turkish, Americana and jazz improvisation.
Mirabai Peart hails from Sydney, Australia where she studied at the Sydney Conservatorium and the Australian Institute of Music. She has a diverse freelance career as a violinist playing music ranging through baroque, classical, free-improvised, jazz and various folk musics. Mirabai has performed extensively through Australia, Europe and Asia and has had stints of study in India, Greece and Turkey. Recent projects include recordings with the improvising string quartet 'the Noise' and string arrangements for Lindsay Clarke's album 'Begin'. Recent performances include the Eric Stern Quartet (from Vagabond Opera), the Sydney Dance Company, the Cinematic Orchestra, Damon Albarn, and most recently Alela Diane at the Sydney Festival. Mirabai also currently resides in Portland, Oregon, and her journeys with the violin are newly accompanied by adventures with viola, black sea kemenche, vocals, and a new found passion for teaching.