The Jessica Stuart Few heads west after headlining at the TD Toronto Jazz Festival and the North By North East (NXNE) Music Conference last month in Toronto. They will be playing in Kelowna on August 11th at The Yellowhouse.
“…Jessica Stuart melds the best of both folk and jazz…, packing the songs full of musical ideas that veer in unexpected directions.” – Spinner Canada/AOL
“A gorgeously light voice… and heavy musicianship chops to match… … Jessica Stuart and her band display incredible technical abilities on Kid Dream, which features complex arrangements and a diverse range of sounds…” –Eye Weekly, Toronto, ON
The Jessica Stuart Few Set to Tour Home Province of BC This August
Bravo! TV adds video for The Jessica Stuart Few “Kid Dream”
Watch “Kid Dream” video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQB8cxufsW8&feature=player_detailpage
TORONTO, ON – The Jessica Stuart Few is returning to tour their home province of British Columbia this summer on a tour that will showcase brand new, never-before-performed material for friends, family and fans at home, before its studio release scheduled for Spring 2012.
The BC-born, jazz-influenced art-pop band will hit the road on a high note, after having the privilege of being the only group to headline both the TD Toronto Jazz Festival and the North By North East (NXNE) Music Conference last month in Toronto. Josh Cole (double bass), Dana Tower (drums) and Stuart are excited to hit the road on their fourth tour this year, where audiences will experience their unique sound and aesthetic, featuring Jessica on the exotic Japanese harp-like “koto”.
This year’s tours have taken the band from sea-to-shining-sea, British Columbia to Prince Edward Island and everywhere in between, and were made possible in part by grants awarded by the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.
*BC’s Best In Summer Tour w/The Jessica Stuart Few*
Aug 4 – White Rock, BC – Beecher Street Café, 7pm
Aug 5 – Vancouver, BC – Goldie’s Pizza, 9:30pm
Aug 6 – Pender Island, BC – Poets Cove Resort, Syrens Lounge, 8pm
Aug 7 – Courtenay, BC – Chill & Grill Festival, Simms Memorial Park, 6pm
Aug 8 – Nanaimo, BC – Jazz Downstairs @The Acme, Acme Food Co., 7:30pm
Aug 10 – Kamloops, BC – Music In The Park, Riverside Park, 7pm
Aug 11 – Kelowna, BC – The Yellowhouse, 7pm
Aug 12 – Salt Spring Island, BC – Moby’s Marine Pub, 8pm
Aug 13 – Victoria, BC – Fort Street Café w/Anne Schaefer, 8pm
Aug 14 – Vancouver, BC – The Libra Room, 9pm
The Jessica Stuart Few launched their most ambitious creative project to date online this spring – the music video for the title track of the band’s widely acclaimed album Kid Dream. Picked up by Bravo! TV last month, this whimsical and engaging animated video is based on a highly collaborative technique called Lunamation, which is a form of rotoscope animation using carbon tracings of video stills.
Under the guidance of Jessica and director Evan deRushie who pioneered the technique, over 80 animators participated in a number of “animation parties” at over 2,7000 individual drawings used in the video were created. Many of the animators were children and guitar students of Jessica’s.
Watch the Making of Kid Dream here:
The Jessica Stuart Few Kid Dream video: http://vimeo.com/21218132
About The Jessica Stuart Few & Kid Dream:
The Jessica Stuart Few consists of Jessica (vocals, guitar, koto), Josh Cole (double bass), and Dana Tower (drums). They bring their original sound to life through constantly pushing boundaries and creating material that reflects a modern, melodic, and unique blend of numerous musical genres while featuring the unusual Japanese harp-like koto in a contemporary folk-jazz context.
The group’s album Kid Dream, was co-produced by Mischa Chillak who is well known for his hip hop productions and remixes for Notes To Self (BBE Records), Sweatshop Union, K-OS, and a number of indie film scores. With Mischa’s urban influence and Jessica’s folk/jazz sensibility, they have created an epic pop experiment that brought the band to new heights. Stuart’s inspiration is in part a result of the cultural influences from her time spent abroad in Japan, Israel, and Australia. A uniquely gifted singer, songwriter, guitarist, and koto player, Stuart cites influences such as Stereolab, Led Zeppelin, Stevie Wonder, and Joni Mitchell. That pretty much covers the entire spectrum of music genres, which epitomizes Stuart’s vast range of talent.