Silence Presents: Lydia Persaud and Tannis Slimmon
Doors at 7:30 PM
Concert at 8:00 PM
With musical roots firmly planted in the soil of the Canadian Prairies and the ever-burgeoning music scene in Guelph, Ontario, and with a passion for lyrical vocal harmonies, CFMA’s 2008 Vocalist of the Year Tannis Slimmon has been singing, songwriting, recording and touring locally and internationally for over 30 years.
With her 3 solo albums and numerous guest vocal appearances on others, including those by Willie P. Bennett, Valdy, David Francey and Rheostatics, her name appears in the credits of over 100 recordings.
In the 1980’s and 90’s, she was a founding member of various roots bands including The Bird Sisters, The Reverbs and Benji. In addition to her own ‘solo’ singer-songwriter performances with her partner Lewis Melville, her current collaborative offerings include Boreal, a trio whose songs welcome winter, and the Ondine Chorus, a unique vocal ensemble whose performances include a mix of composed and improvised works.
In 2004, Tannis traveled to Mali, West Africa, with a quartet of musicians including her partner and producer, Lewis Melville, exploring the role of music in development. She appears in the documentary of the trip, Road to Baleya, directed by Bay Waymen. She subsequently visited Matanzas, Cuba, where she studied Afro-Cuban rhythms with master bata drummer Gilberto Morales-Chong, and has most recently performed with The Silence Collective at an international festival in Gangneung, Korea.
For more info, please visit: http://tannis.ca
Raised on a healthy dose of the country music narrative and the spiritual motivation of gospel hymns, Lydia Persaud is reconnecting with her roots with her debut EP "Low Light". Winner of the 2013 Oscar Peterson Award, Lydia has had an active involvement in the Toronto music scene since her graduation from Humber College's Jazz program. After performing internationally with The O'Pears and Dwayne Gretzky, and backing artists such as Lee Fields, Jill Barber, Royal Wood, Jadea Kelly and Karl Wolf, Lydia has emerged with her own voice in the world of folk-soul.
Spring of 2017 found Lydia touring solo through Spain, then returning to Canada to play shows in Canada's East Coast. "Low Light" features some of Canada's finest musicians such as Robbie Grunwald (Jill Barber, Good Lovelies), Joel Shwartz (Birds of Chicago), Josh Van Tassel (Great Lake Swimmers), and Drew Djurecka (Jill Barber). Lydia's intimate songwriting paired with subtle instrumentation inspired by her process of writing with voice and baritone ukulele is a highlight of the EP. Influenced by songwriters Eva Cassidy, Michael Kiwanuka and Ray Lamontagne, Lydia combines folk story-telling with a soulful vocal delivery.
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