PIANO FEST // Declan O'Donovan & The Sun Harmonic
Back for its third year is the Burdock Piano Festival, 16 concerts taking place at the brewery/restaurant/live music venue between Jan. 22 and Jan 29.
The pianists selected for this year's festival are composers, songwriters, recording artists, award winners and multi-disciplinary musical artists whose styles run the gamut from classical and folk to jazz and super funky soul.
Buy tickets: http://burdockto.com/shows/?show975
$8 in advance, $10 at the door
Doors at 6pm, Show at 6:30pm
// Declan O'Donovan / 7:15
A masterful songwriter collects life's experiences and artfully turns them into songs that capture the imagination of a listener. Declan ODonovan is that songwriter, that contemporary troubadour who utilizes a broad palate of voice and piano to tell intriguing stories through the music he creates.
At home in the rural environs of Whitehorse, Yukon and equally at home in the urban centers of Montreal and Toronto, this broad sense of place comes into play in the songs Declan has written for his newest release, Broken Sky.
Overall, the sound of the album strikes a balance between the rural and roots, and the urban and contemporary influences that contributed to the sound and the songwriting, says ODonovan.
Produced by Jean Massicotte Patrick Watson, Lhasa, Adam Cohen, Broken Sky, was recorded at Studio Masterkut in Montreal. Jean gave my songs a landscape to live in and explore.
He brought with him a sound and an approach that gave every note warmth and direction, and he gracefully coaxed out performances from everyone involved that at once made the songs both grounded and unrestrained.
// The Sun Harmonic / 6:30
The moniker of The Sun Harmonic belongs to Kaleb Hikele, an eclectic musician and genre bending Canadian songwriter. Years ago, a rock frontman. Yesterday, a folk introvert. Today, he is a poetic piano man. The Sun Harmonic is finally sharing his most ambitious and heartfelt release yet - the complete Winter album, a project that revisits Kaleb's earlier classical roots and love of the piano. Kaleb reinvented himself in his home recording studio when he faced a songwriting assignment that he had been composing, during only the cold months of winter, for four consecutive years 2010-14'. This lead to his new body of work, an album appropriately called Winter. This conceptual double-album is a big idea with a simple name, eight winter seasons in the making. With 22 songs at 88 minutes long yes, one minute for every key this music is guaranteed to keep you warm each winter season. The album was first released into the world via a sold out crowd-funding campaign in March 2017.