Lara Kroeker

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 will film people playing a song in their homes, practice studios and places where they play and enjoy music. When I end up in Tanzania again I will be doing the same thing there and wherever I happen to travel but I want to start with my friends here in Vancouver. I do 3 takes with my different lenses, one to get the full song, another for closeup detail shots and the third so that I can look with my camera at things inside the home. It's just a fun little project that will be part of this music blog.

Video

Kele Fleming

Kele Fleming was the first person to film with me.  Although my idea has been refined to home/studio spaces I decided to post this anyway but will be redoing this in her home. Thanks Kele.

A CD in the works

I’m going to finally put together a CD of all of my music this summer. I’m not sure why I always leave my own stuff to last but I am going to make music a priority this summer.