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.

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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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Chanson-O-Grammes, Bandcamp action and Texas-bound!

3 Feb

Hola friends near and far! Lot’s of things in the works this February!

CHANSON-O-GRAMMES: Need a custom love song for a mate, friend, family member, crush…message me today at kristamuir *at* gmail *dot* com for more info. $100/1-minute love song delivered in MP3 format with digital Valentine Card on February 14th! Samples and testimonials HERE.

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BANDCAMP ACTION: I just heard that Bandcamp is donating 100% of its’ fees today to the American Union of Civil Liberties. If you feel strongly about supporting this social action and want to indulge in some of my music now is the time! Click HERE to listen and buy your album today!

TEXAS BOUND: I’ve been invited to create and perform in San Antonio this month! Haven’t been to Texas since 2013 – looking forward to meeting local artists and collaborating with them during these highly charged times. More details to come…

Digital Storyteller-in-residence!

2 Jan

ZAP! Months passed and it’s now 2017 and I veered from the pre-prod recording phase of “The Tides” to throwing myself headfirst into an amazing opportunity that arose in Montreal. For two months I was the Artist-in-residence/Digital Storyteller at interactive design company Daily tous les jours, taking over their instagram account @dailytlj and posting photos, odes and mini videos capturing the essence of the studio as I experienced it through my lens as music-maker and guerrilla filmmaker. Armed with equipment (bring on the learning curves!) and plenty of archival material I began my journey – jumping headfirst into their world and discovering the fun role of “studio jester/in-house storyteller.” OUI!

If your studio, company, coop, or non-profit is seeking creative documentation of your inner workings get in touch.

A few pieces I created during my 8-weeks:
“Let’s Do the Prototype!”

“Let’s Do The Prototype” by Krista Muir (Artist-in-residence at Daily tous les jours) from Daily tous les jours on Vimeo.

“Soleil Bleu Ciel”

Soleil Bleu Ciel from Daily tous les jours on Vimeo.

THE TIDES!

16 Oct

It’s finally happening. I’m going into the studio this winter to record The Tides! I’ll be posting soon on how you can donate and help make this latest project happen. While we normally use crowdfund platforms things have changed in the past 3 years since our last campaign and we are looking at donation/pre-ordering through us directly to make sure the funds go to the studio, musicians and engineers.  We are looking forward to capturing this latest chapter and sending it your way in it’s various forms and with bonus goodies. Bon, need to get ready for the LIVE CFRC session tonight the HUNTER MOON on “The Weave”. Tune in October 16th at 9:30pm live or listen later via the archives. Here’s me on the boat singing “Girl Possessed”…written last winter when I was going through dark times.

Space Monkeys and New Songs…

17 Aug

A gap, a gap tis true! Time zipped and I have not been blogging with any frequency this past year. In all honesty it was a challenging year health-wise with a massive flare-up of endometriosis (it’s become quite the buzzword in the media as of late but it should after so many years of dormancy and being such a prevelant, debilitating and under-researched disease affecting 10% of the female population worldwide!) that delayed many projects and made it difficult to adjust to this next chapter.

Here’s a live solo version of one of my new songs. It’ll be on the upcoming album currently in the works. Yes, I’m rather distracted due to an adorable chipmunk running around me wanting peanuts.

We’re also aiming to take the “Chanson-O-Gramme: Beloved Object” project to a few more corners of the world.

Oh, and why the monkey reference? I did some guest voice over work as a Space Monkey in a educational kids cartoon this month. We’ll let you know when it airs! C’est adorable!

Winds of Wichita!

3 Apr

KMFHIn addition to March being Endometriosis Awareness Month, it took Lederhosen Lucil and I to the wind capital of the world Wichita, Kansas where we encountered artists and art deco theatres and home made root beer and spent most of the 11 days researching, writing and mounting an ambitious project “Chanson-O-Grammes: Beloved Object Edition.”

Lucil performed at the WAM to the delight of children ages 3-4 as well as teachers and curious staff. Thanks to Hayley Holt and Courtney Spousta for making this delightful “fruit centric” musical appearance happen!

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Bewixt Lucil appearances Krista composed 7 odes to perform at the Final Friday presentation on March 25th. You can find videos of the event on our youtube channel.

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