[portland-list] Katya Chorover in Concert on Sunday, April 1st @ Mary's house in Irvington

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Fri Mar 30 15:34:43 PDT 2012

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On Mar 30, 2012, at 10:24 AM, Albert Kaufman wrote:

> Hi there, I’m putting on a house concert for my friend, Katya Chorover on
> Sunday, April 1st.  The house is magnificent, on the historic register,
> murals on the walls, period furniture – a beautiful place to get cozy and
> hear some amazing music...  Hope you can make it!
> Here are the details or you can see and share them on Facebook @
> https://www.facebook.com/events/354611594579546/
> Mary's House in Irvington, Portlandia, USA
> 2512 NE 21st Ave., Portland, OR
> Katya will be playing with Dan Tyack on pedal steel and dobro and Kathryn
> Claire will be opening for her.
> Feel free to come at 7pm to pick a seat and to mingle. Also, extra
> back-jacks or cushions are welcome. There are some couches and chairs and
> lots of floor with rugs on it. It's a very sweet historic Irvington Home
> which we are blessed to be housed in for the night.
> http://www.katyachorover.com/ <http://www.katyachorover.com/>  
> http://www.reverbnation.com/katyachorover
> <http://www.reverbnation.com/katyachorover>  
> http://www.facebook.com/katyachorover
> <http://www.facebook.com/katyachorover>  
> Map to house: http://g.co/maps/k72ef
> Here is background on Katya and her Spring tour, if you know folks in other
> cities, I'd highly recommend sending them to Katya's show. I first heard her
> in Seattle many years ago and have been a big fan ever since, Albert!
> KATYA CHOROVER - “Folky-Tonk” Songstress
> Touring in Support of New CD “Big Big Love”
> “The band on Big Big Love crackles and Chorover’s vocals wrap around you
> like a favourite blanket on a cold night.” J. Poet, Penguin Eggs U.K.
> Cortez, CO — In 2006, songwriter Katya Chorover traded a view of Washington
> State’s San Juan Islands for a view of the San Juan Mountains, which she can
> now see from her living room in Colorado. It took this move from the
> rain-drenched Pacific Northwest to the dry, high deserts of Southwestern
> Colorado for her to find the inspiration she needed to complete her first
> album in ten years, Big Big Love. That’s a long time to wait for any artist,
> and though she was busy writing and living her life, she’d taken a long
> hiatus from performing. But the sounds of country music radio that rolled
> through the canyons of her home in Cortez, Colorado, subtly infused her new
> songs with a kind of dusty, rusty twang.
> With a long history of songwriting in the Northwest, where her insightful
> lyrics and beautifully crafted melodies helped her stand far out from the
> pack of singer-songwriters, Katya returned to Portland, Oregon, to work with
> producer Casey Neill, an acclaimed songwriter himself, to record Big Big
> Love. Neill helped line up a host of Portland’s hottest roots musicians in a
> city that’s known as a hub for a new folk music revival, including two early
> members of the Decemberists, Jesse Emerson on bass and Ezra Holbrook on
> drums, and current Decemberist Jenny Conlee-Drizos on piano. Other musicians
> include Annalisa Tornfelt (Black Prairie) on fiddle, Matt Brown (She and
> Him) on guitar, Dan Tyack on pedal steel and dobro, and Zak Borden on
> mandolin. 
> The full band sound showcases Katya’s beautiful, crisp vocals, surrounding
> her voice with a forest of acoustic instruments and electric steel guitar
> The result is an album as delicately balanced as a desert rock pile, with
> one foot in the acoustic country music Katya’s grown to love, and another
> foot in the innovative Northwest roots music scene that she helped build
> years ago.
> Big Big Love comes out of the gate with the title song, a beautiful waltz,
> singing “Come and paint me a picture/of a tranquil scene/a pond/a rowboat/a
> peaceful dream.” Even with electric guitar and drums, “Big Big Love” could
> nearly be a country lullaby. In fact, much of Katya’s new material came from
> her “parenting hiatus.” “Since having a child, my life has slowed, and
> changed immeasurably,” she says. “Continuing to be creative has been a
> challenge, but also has become somehow richer and even more pleasurable.”
> You can hear this new burst of creativity in a song like “Little Bird,” that
> plays with rhythm, spinning around and around the melody, or in the song
> “Cavalries of Love” that incorporates a beautiful trumpet line into a
> soaring song of hope. 
> Of course, the real star of the album is Katya’s voice. Her singing is so
> clear and beautiful, with just the slightest hint of a rough edged twang.
> Despite being a native Bostonian, then a long-time Seattleite, there’s a
> natural grace to her country sound. Her love for roots music is evident
> throughout the new album, and her poetic songwriting coupled with a deep
> traditional sound has garnered her a devoted fan base. As she opens with the
> words “Big big love, big big heart, big wide spirit sets you apart,” we can
> only feel the same big, big love right back at her, and we’re sure you will
> too. 
> Big Big Love Spring/Summer Tour – More Dates TBA
> Mar. 25 - Avogadro's Number, Fort Collins, CO ***
> Mar. 28 - The Grant House, Vancouver, WA
> Mar. 30 - Egan's Ballard Jam House, Seattle, WA +++
> Mar. 31 - Traditions Fair Trade Cafe, Olympia, WA+++
> Apr. 1 – House Concert, Portland, OR +++!!
> Apr. 4 - The Grant House, Vancouver, WA
> Apr. 6 - The Axe and Fiddle Public House, Cottage Grove, OR ^^^
> Apr. 27 - Second Street Brewery, Santa Fe, NM (Rail Yard location)
> June 2 - Dolores River Festival, Dolores, CO
> June 3 - Club Passim, Cambridge, MA %%%
> ***Split bill w/ Kathryn Mostow
> +++ With Dan Tyack on pedal steel and dobro
> !! Kathryn Claire opens
> ^^^Split bill with San Francisco's Misner & Smith
> %%% Split bill with Casey Neill
> # # #
> www.KatyaChorover.com <http://www.katyachorover.com/>
> Publicity & Radio Contact: Sue DuMond Music Publicity & Media - (360)
> 468-2753, sue at suedumond.com
> Booking & Info Contact: Katya Chorover – (970) 565-0144
> info at katyachorover.com
> # # #
> Big Big Love charted at #9 on the Folk-DJ charts in its first month of
> release! – Jan. 2012
> “a beautiful melodic snap shot of migration, loss and eventual redemption.
> Katya’s voice makes me think of a young Nanci Griffith and she has the
> ability and delicate grace to make the mind conjure windswept mountain
> ranges filled with long lost love. The album includes standout tracks
> Cavalries of Love, Little Bird and Satisfied Life. Big Big Love would sit
> well on your 2012 playlists!” –Gigape.com blogger Paul McGlade
> That Nashville Sound receives many different CD releases throughout the year
> from indie, small majors, bluegrass and artists just off the mainstream
> radar- or smaller projects like EPs- that we’re doing short mini CD reviews
> on. We call them That Nashville SoundBites- it’s a feature that will allow
> us to give some props to some albums and artists that deserve a spotlight on
> their work. 
> The Review: There are albums that can lull you to sleep with repetitiveness
> and boredom. And there's others that act like one big lullaby, soft and
> sweet like a comfy down pillow. This album by Chorover is the latter. She
> pulls in some of the natural beauty of her surrounding Northwest mountains
> on titles like "Little Bird" and "Brother Flower." Each track has an
> comforting rhythm and draws on a little bluegrass influence. She even draws
> in a trumpet into the inspiring track "Cavalries of Love." Graceful. Poetic.
> Delicate. And all draped in acoustic roots. It's a great independent effort.
> Stand-out tracks- "Little Bird" and "Possession"
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