Rockwood Asylum – #2

15 Jan

Lyric Video for Track #2: Rockwood Asylum

Historic buildings dot King Street West and I remember the drive well as many a lazy summer day was spent picnicking at Lake Ontario Park. First we’d pass the Kingston Penitentiary (1835), then the Portsmouth Olympic Harbour (home to 1976 olympic sailing events), and then, if you looked hard enough – especially in the winter when the fields were stark – you’d see a grim haunting building set back from the road.

Growing up in Kingston I remember being curious about Rockwood Asylum – former “house for the criminally insane” – as on two occasions when I was around 8 years old we had brief encounters with patients who had wandered out. One evening at dusk, we were en route to see Canada Day fireworks and a gaunt man in a hospital gown was walking in rush hour traffic towards us down the middle of the road – cars slowing and honking. It was shocking – something from a movie. As we slowly drove past my parents explained that they would find him and bring him back (who were they? to where?) as he was lost. I’ll never forget that look in his eyes.

The second time we were picnicking on the rocky beach at Lake Ontario Park, which bordered on the asylum property at the waterfront. Again, a gaunt man in a white gown was walking along the rocks and sat down to watch the activity at the park. He was the only one on his side of the property line. Such a contrast to the bright, loud bustling park with kids splashing in the water and building sand castles. I caught his eye and held his gaze for a few moments before going back to my lunch.

Track #2 on The Tides is named for this place of incarceration. In part, it echoes my own struggle with depression and the repercussions of endometriosis and begs the question – had I had been born in a different time with this same disease would I have ended up in such an institution? The video features combined footage of the waterfront I captured around Rockwood and stones from Amy Torok’s home in Quebec.

Psychedelic Tides – Weekly Lyric Videos by Amy Torok

8 Jan

THE TIDES is up and out! We hope you enjoy this latest offering now available online at all digital music providers. Enjoy an exclusive bilingual Greek/English bonus track if you order your digital copy on bandcamp . Ultra limited CD edition available as well. Stream, download, or gift – all sales go directly to the artist!

We are pleased to announce lyric video Mondays by Amy Torok starting today! Originally created for Muir’s live show,  these psychedelic visuals have taken new form and will be launched in 10 weekly instalments. Muir met Torok in the Montreal music scene circa 2001 – Torok’s powerful vocal chops featuring in The Mongrels . Over a decade later they played a cover of  DEVO’s Mongoloid at the Ukulele Bizarro cabaret. This project was the perfect opportunity for Muir to invite Torok to create some psychedelic visuals for her live show. Today marks the 1st of the 10 part series. ENJOY!

Track #1: The Tides

Song/Lyrics written in high class incarceration in Cape Coral – the “Venice” of Florida featuring hundreds of (manmade) canals. Inspired by Euripus Strait, the moon and a Semifictional Mapmaker.

2018 – time for The Tides!

1 Jan

Happy New Year! We are excited to ring in 2018 with the release of The Tides January 8th, 2018. The album will be available in limited edition CD format or digital download exclusively at shows or online. Stream and order yours today!

This project took years to incubate, much of it inspired by my life with endometriosis. It is dedicated to The Endometriosis Network Canada. You can read more about my personal experience with endo and how this album helped save my life by clicking here.

Live performance dates will be announced soon.

 

THE TIDES pre-release is up! Tour dates announced!

20 Nov

SEE Krista Muir LIVE in December…

Tuesday, December 5th – MONTREAL – LA VITROLA

Friday, December 8th – KINGSTON – KUF

Sunday, December 10th – OTTAWA – PRESSED

Friday, December 23rd – TORONTO – The Burdock

 

The Tides – My latest album will be ready for a sneak preview in November with select live dates in December! Official release date in early 2018.

27 Sep

Inspired by mixed tapes and guerrilla recordings using whatever is readily available I delved into a 2-week project whereby I sifted through and selected a series of songs I’ve long wanted to record – allowing most parts to be improvised, retaining imperfections, embracing the natural, throwing away initial ideas for instrumentation – crafting them like sculptures. Genre-bending and experimenting like I used to do when I first started engineering in 2011. I’m happy to announce my latest recording project “The Tides” (A Version) will be available next month!

One of the tracks performed live on omnichord:

Tour dates TBD.

The Arterie – Burlington Opening!

24 May

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My work as composer, performer and Digital Storyteller continues! This next chapter takes me to Burlington, Ontario where I’ll be helping my brilliant friend Sarah Brodie celebrate the grand opening of her Art Therapy practice The Arterie. I’m writing a special ode to this space for healing through creativity that I will perform on Saturday, May 27th. It will be a 12-4pm open house with art – music – cake – ribbon cutting ceremony – meet and greet. You can join the facebook event here or join @thearterie on instagram. Looking forward to celebrating this venture during Mental Health Awareness Month and to posting future videos sparked by this collaboration.

San Antonio Residency at FL!GHT!

24 Apr

New creative alliances, fresh grapefruits plucked from trees, River Walk bike rides and SO much ART. Just a few of my favourite San Antonio residency things…

My journey begins with tacos. Post chomps Justin Parr and Anthony Dean-Harris whisk me to FL!GHT gallery where Ed Saavedra and other artists are hanging out. I take in the Angel Rodríguez–Díaz show and settle in.

FL!GHT is an artist-run gallery nestled in the Blue Star Arts complex on the San Antonio river. I had performed waaaay back in 2005 at their former grain silo location as alter ego Lederhosen Lucil and artist/co-owner Justin Parr programmed LL again in 2009 as part of the Luminaria kick-off party at Artpace along with DJ Jester The Filipino Fist and Joe Jack Talcum. FUN!

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Surreal shot of Lederhosen Lucil playing at former silo location of FL!GHT in 2005

After hearing of my Wichita, Kansas residency at Fisch Haus in 2016, Parr thought it would be fun to bring me to San Antone and see what might transpire. This inaugural residency a rare opportunity to explore the local arts and culture scene during CAM. With an armful of greens from Hot Wells, a loaner bike n’ helmet I’m free and fuelled to roam.

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Hot Wells Greens / Hanging with Anthony

Curious about my new environs I visit the Blue Star galleries, buy tacos and home-brewed raspberry kombucha at the General store and fall head over heels for The Brick. I wander in one evening when some music catches my ear and from then on day or night I experience art markets, dance classes, games night, pop-up snack stands, live music, a mystic fair…

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The Brick – Blue Star Arts

I meet Brick curator Elizabeth Ciarfeo outside on a bright sunny day and inquire about the Parisian style “Rue Bernard” sign.RueBernard My first bachelor apartment in Montreal was on Rue Bernard! She explains it’s the name of one of the co-founders Bernard Lifshutz and I tell her how much I love her space and that I’d like to host an event there. Things are bubbling…

CAM begins! On opening night I meet Rick Stemm who tells me about his work at Say Si so I stop in for a tour. This creative youth development program featuring visual arts, media arts, theatre, and film runs year-round and helps prepare students for higher education and professional careers. Rick introduces me to artists/educators Guillermina Zabala and Ed Menenses and collectively I’m invited to give an artist talk.

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Post Artist Talk with “The Hive” crew – SAY Sí!

I explore the silent auction and come across a flyer for the Young Playwrights Festival (Artist-Instructor Amalia Ortiz) that I decide to take in that same night. These scenes written and directed by emerging young playwrights are poignant, well-crafted and emotionally charged. “Stall Block Tango” composed and choreographed by Julia Rodriguez, a comedic musical scene set in a women’s bathroom stall, is one of the stand-out pieces for me.

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SAY Sí – Young Playwright Showcase

Engaging new audiences through live performance is an integral part of my residency so on March 1st I transform FL!GHT gallery into a surreal summer landscape and unleash Lederhosen Lucil.

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On March 9th it’s the Sweet 16 birthday party (16 years of FL!GHT!) so I add to the mix with décor/cake and a gallery serenading.

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Celebrating 16 years of art with Ed Savaadra, Justin Parr, Rachel Zeigler & Cake

Ethel Shipton’s piece “You Can’t Unring” makes me think of Leonard Cohen’s “Anthem” so an impromptu sing-a-long with FL!GHT revellers ensues. Couldn’t be a more timely piece.

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Artist Keith Sechrest presents the cake. We collectively sing Cohen’s “Anthem”.

The group show features over 30 works by local and regional artists who have contributed to FL!GHT shows over the past 16 years.

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Work by Lloyd Walsh, Alex Rubio, Shek Vega and more…

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Work by Jake Zollie Harper, Thomas Cummins

On March 20th I put on a cabaret at The Brick featuring live music and video projections. For this final performance I play works in progress, screen videos including a Hyperbubble music video by Walley Films, bring out Lederhosen Lucil to HOSE, raffle off the PSR-185 keyboard and spark an impromptu dancing boys performance. Out with a BANG!!!

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FOR MAKING THIS RESIDENCY POSSIBLE THANKS TO: Justin Parr, Ed Savaadra, Anthony Dean-Harris, and the rest of the FL!GHT crew. You provided me with the spark, space, time, technical support and camaraderie.

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Also mad thanks and love to those who hosted me – lent equipment, drove me around town, photographed shows, helped with performance logistics, offered delicious things to eat, engaged me in conversation day or night, took me to both known and more obscure places – ultimately welcoming me into their worlds along the way: Alex Rubio, Lloyd Walsh, Angela & Mark Walley, Jess Barnett DeCuir & Jeff DeCuir, 1906 South Flores Crew, Elizabeth Ciarfeo and The Brick Crew, Sarah Donaldson, Timothy Lefkovitz, Thomas Rey, Keith Sechrest, Rick Stemm & Celeste Derozier, Guillermina Zabala & Enrique Lopetegui Caprario (+ Shanti!), Josh Richards, Ned Meneses, Jacquenette Arnette, Blue Star Bicycle Co., Robot Monster and Dustin Reichert.

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