Clare Burson: Silver and Ash
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"Hers is a knowing voice, world-weary like Lucinda Williams’, expressive like Kathleen Edwards’, mysterious like Jolie Holland’s" -Fred Mills, Harp Magazine
After releasing 2 full length albums to critical acclaim, indie chanteuse Clare Burson is engaged in her most ambitious project yet - a song cycle, multi-media performance, and a collaborative artist book - one that imagines her grandmother's life in Germany, from her birth in 1919 to her escape in 1938. Thanks to a generous grant from the Six Points Fellowship For Emerging Jewish Artists, Burson has written 11 songs that inhabit this story and Burson's own struggles with rupture, silence, guilt, empathy, and continuity. The album, entitled Silver and Ash and produced by Grammy nominated Tucker Martine (The Decemberists, Laura Veirs, Bill Frisell), is tentatively scheduled for release in the summer of 2009.
In a live setting, the Silver and Ash song cycle is transformed into a multi-media performance piece in which dream sequences and cinematic musings tell a coming of age story spanning centuries and continents. In advance of the album's summer release, audience members at the Joe’s Pub debut of Silver and Ash will receive a free sampler of the album as well as a collaborative artist book created in response to the songs.