After following in the footsteps of fellow Bruins Sara Bareilles and Adam Levine, winning UCLA's widely known campus talent competition Spring Sing for a record-breaking 3 years in a row, Katie dove into the world of independent artistry, playing her songs in a variety of venues, listening rooms and theaters across the country. From Hotel Café to Rockwood Music Hall, Katie has come a long way from her roots in rural Montana. However, it was her 6 month journey performing throughout India, an experience complete with Eat, Pray, Love-esque inspiration, that resulted in a 6 song, Kickstarter funded EP entitled "Speaking of You" that elegantly chronicles her early 20's, addressing the notions of attachment and uncertainty as it relates to romantic and familial love. Live tracked with her 4 piece band, the players are precise and yet sensitive. The songs themselves are ruminative, musing, pensive and fundamentally intelligent. Katie's vocals are ethereal and yet also adroit, with harmonies that are tastefully offered allowing everything to mesh tightly, but not statically. While her EP is an impressive debut, its live on stage where Katie's true spirit as a natural-born performer can be witnessed. A beautiful and transparent singer/songwriter with "awesome talent and a captivating stage presence--[Katie Boeck's] live performance is as impressive as any we've seen around the LA music scene."--Blue House Records
Rupert Bottenburg, Montreal Mirror, February 7th, 2011
STRINGS AND SORCERY: Aliza Thibodeau and Kit Soden
Montrealer Kit Soden’s musical endeavours cover a lot of ground. “From classical to modern art-music to folk,” he says. “I take what I experience and work at interpreting it musically. As a songwriter, the lyrics inspire my compositions. I tend to fuse styles, using the necessary colours of the musical, orchestral and timbral palettes to bring the words to life.”
A particularly interesting fusion is that of Soden’s music and voice with the words of Canadian-born fantasy author Steven Erickson, a superstar in the field of swords and sorcery thanks to his rich and challenging epic series of novels, the Malazan Book of the Fallen. “My sister Emily introduced me to [the series],” Soden recalls. “I was amazed at his imagination. The scope of his storytelling is huge. His poems, at the beginning of some chapters, are always so descriptive. They seemed like they were already songs. “It did not dawn on me to write a song with his poetry until mid-way through the seventh book. Without giving away part of the story here, it was a powerful moment, and it inspired me to write ‘Lay of the Bridgeburners,’ my first song interpretation of his poems, in November 2007.”
This didn’t go unnoticed by Erickson himself, whose fans’ user-forum comments led him to Soden on YouTube. “It turned out we both were trying to contact each other. We got in touch in May 2009, and he sent me some unpublished poetry to add to the Malazan poems I was already working with. From that point, I recorded demos and sent them to him, until I had a full album’s worth of material.”
That album is the recently released Like a Dancer Unstrung, which he’ll be touring through Europe in the spring with his partner, violinist Aliza Thibodeau (McGill-based roots unit the Bombadils also play on the record—“A great live band,” says Soden, “as well as a professional studio group”). At the same time, Soden has another full album of work with Erickson that’s soon to be recorded.
“He gives me a lot of creative freedom in my interpretations of his words. He also is appreciative of my edits, in terms of turning his poetry into lyrics."