Lara Kroeker is an accomplished performing violin player and singer who is embracing the electronic age while re-inventing her traditional classical and folk roots.Lara builds foundations of familiar and discovers new sounds by looping violin and vocals to build song structures and the results are sounds of lush orchestral madness.
She has played and toured across Canada and The US with indie groups Attics and Cellars, Sparrow (North America 2007), The Beauticians (Folk Festivals), The Insomniacs, The Mudlarks. She played with K-OS backup on the George Strombolopolis show, played festival stages with the legendary Odetta, performed on Canada Live on CBC Radio 2 with Attics and Cellars and in the Vancouver Philharmonic.
She also hosts a bi-monthly live concert series called the "Eastside Music Series". This started from a recording party where musicians would come from different communities, genres, ages and backgrounds and record a few songs in one take with CBC Engineer Derek Bird. The recording was a gift to each other and had no other purpose. It has evolved into a night of live music that hosts many of these same musicians.
Latest Project: Musical Spaces
I am working on a new project called Musical Spaces where I film people playing one song in their homes and practice studios with a stereo mic shot from three different angles. Old and young and middle aged, professional and people who just play for their cats, and alternative, balkan, roma, banjo, country, accordion, oud, flute, violin, folk, latin, arabic, asian and ALL genres. It's just for the love of music and the only cost is our time and you get a professionally shot video. I will be doing the same thing wherever I happen to travel but I want to start with my friends here in Vancouver. Why am I doing this? To break up the monotony of life and it's my idea of fun! Please email if you want film a song with me.
Ron’s catchy compositional style and notion of short, structured, baroque pop makes him a hit at all the parties.
Lots of sweet harmonies and not-so-sweet sentiments with Donald Delano and Janis McKenzie.
Born to parents who met in the tropics transplanted to the icy north, Meshe followed her heart to Vancouver.
A couple who are having to flee difficult circumstances to start a new life are taking only the essentials with them; their tuba and a teapot.
I met Kenneth Schroeder a few years ago in Vancouver and we discovered that we are possibly cousins.
Meshe and I became fast friends when we practised for a show at wells inside a broom closet.
Brent and Lisa are great friends and have run the musical gamut from indie pop to experimental music.
Kele’s musical calling cards remain her jangly electric guitars – a throwback to the days when indie meant raw.