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Anna Tivel ‘The Question’ Album Release Tour, with Jeffrey Martin
Sun, May 5 @ 7:00 pm
Anna Tivel’s wide-eyed celestial folk songs belong in a similar ballpark with Anais Mitchell, Gregory Alan Isakov and Laura Veirs, where gentle picking plucks among occasionally unconventional sounds and a gorgeous voice tells stories of life in a world of natural wonders. The resulting music is incredibly honest, lyric-driven, and deeply affecting.
Tivel’s new album is called The Question. But rest assured that the Portland singer-songwriter presents more than just one query on her fourth release.
From billboard.com: ‘The Question‘s title track came from a specific encounter during Tivel’s travels.“It’s about being in New York and looking up into a window and seeing a man putting on makeup and a wig,” Tivel recalls. “There’s a lot of people I know and friends of friends who are transgender, transitioning or just struggling, and having the president sort of waffling backwards on any progress that’s been made with that. I started writing this (song) as a poem that night and put it to chords later back at home.’
The Question, which comes out April 19, was produced by Shane Leonard, mostly at Hive studio in Eau Claire, Wisc., with engineer Brian Joseph, who’s worked with Bon Iver and Sufjan Stevens. “It was very collaborative and alive,” says Tivel, noting that Leonard frequently pushed her out of her comfort zone during the sessions. “He really stretched me way outside of my normal, more folky zone to get some other sounds, synthesizers and different rhythms. There’s songs where he would say, ‘OK, you’re not gonna play guitar on this one, and I want you to speak it more than sing it…’ Because I tour solo so much and play the songs how I write them, without any voices chiming in on the arrangements, it was difficult and really fun to work on his suggestions. Some things we’d butt heads on and finally I’d try them and it’d be awesome.”’
Date & Time
Sunday, May 5
7:00pm in the Lucas Hicks Theater at Sylvia Center
$15 General (Non-Member)
$12 Sylvia Center Member/iDiOM Season Passholder