Thursday, February 16, 2012

Live with Sarah Slean in Kingston, Ontario

The Canadian singer/songwriter returns to Kingston to play the Octave Theatre live on Friday March 2nd, presented by Eggplant Entertainment. 

Sarah’s sixth full-length album entitled Land & Sea is set for release on September 27th. At a time when recording budgets are shrinking and album sales declining even the most ambitious of artists might be tempted to dial their aspirations back a notch. Instead, with Land & Sea, Sarah embarked on the most challenging recording of her career – a double album that juxtaposes two dramatically different aesthetics, producers, writing processes, recording environments and musicians.

Land is an unabashed pop album, recorded with producer Joel Plaskett (Joel Plaskett Emergency, Two Hours Traffic) and mixed by Big Sugar/Grady front man, Gordie Johnson (Gov’t Mule, The Trews) and Vic Florencia (Nelly Furtado, Five For Fighting, Esthero). And while Land does boast the occasional instrumental flourish – a gospel choir on the uplifting “Amen” and a full horn section on “Girls Hating Girls” for example, its central pulse is provided by a traditional four-piece rock band.

Sea is an expression of love for the classical, orchestral tradition Sarah first fell in love with as a child. Recorded at Toronto’s Revolution Recording with a 21-piece string section with renowned concertmaster/violinist Marie Berard, Sea featured classical all-stars such as members of St. Lawrence String Quartet, Gryphon Trio, and Arc Ensemble, principals of major Canadian orchestras, and several celebrated soloists. Sea is at once epic and intimate, joyful and somber. In short, it’s the most ambitious musical undertaking of her career to date.

Although Sarah split the arrangement duties for Sea with producer/composer Jonathan Goldsmith (Away From Her, Casino Jack, Bruce Cockburn, Jane Siberry), it was her first time arranging for an ensemble of this size, so the challenge was equal parts daunting and thrilling. At Goldsmith’s insistence, Slean agreed to record Sea live off the floor, tracking her vocals, piano and the orchestra simultaneously, which made the process high stakes to say the least.

To purchase your tickets click here or visit Brian’s Record Option, and Destinations

Advance: $27.50            Doors: $35.00              All Ages Show

Want a chance to win an outing to Sarah Slean? Kingston This Week is giving out tickets to the solo concert. Click here for the full article and details! Whether you buy or win tickets, don't miss Sarah perform a special and intimate solo concert at the Octave Theatre. 

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