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BIOGRAPHY

Canadian artist Ember Swift is an internationally touring musician and songwriter, and founder of the independent label Few’ll Ignite Sound. Originally from Toronto, she has spent the past ten years making her home base in the magnetic city of Beijing, China. Still touring in Canada, the US, and throughout Asia, as of 2017 Ember has included biannual touring of Europe in several countries including the UK, France, Holland, Germany, Switzerland and the Czech Republic.

Ember Swift has released 12 albums and 1 DVD project since 1996. Her newest album, “Sticks & Stones,” released in January 2017, is a collection of three categories of music: “Songs for Adults,” “Songs for Kids” and “Songs for Adults w/ Kids.” It was her first release in 5 years and marked an important transition in Ember’s identity from not just an impressive musical and literary artist, but also a proud parent. The album features styles ranging from pop to jazz, funk to kelzmer, R&B to rock.

Living in Beijing, speaking Mandarin Chinese, and being immersed in Chinese culture has definitely influenced Ember’s work. She now sings several songs in Chinese, includes musical elements indicative of Asia (such as having a traditional Chinese instrument called an erhu featured in her full band, as well as the regular use of harmonies in fourths), and her music embodies the strong message that cultural bridges have never been more essential between East and West. In an increasingly global world, our vastly different cultures are increasingly in contact politically and economically, fueling an accelerated need for mutual understanding, harmony and acceptance. Ember Swift is an artist whose work and person bridges these gaps.

Typical of all Ember Swift material, a new body of work is in process and scheduled for release in late 2019 or early 2020. Take a listen to the sneak peeks here. This collection is a pop album: the first by Ember Swift. Linking it all together is, of course, Ember’s unmistakable jazz-smooth vocals and sociopolitical wit.

DISCOGRAPHY

STICKS & STONES (2017)
11:11 (2011)
LENTIC (2009)
THE DIRTY PULSE (2006)
WITNESS: LIVE IN AUSTRALIA (DVD) (2005)
DISARMING (2004)
STILTWALKING (2002)
THE WAGE IS THE STAGE (2000)
SNAPSHOTS (EP) (2000)
PERMANENT MARKER (1999)
CAN’T CORNER ME (1998)
INSECTINSIDE (1997)
SELF-TITLED (CASSETTE) (1996)

THE BEIJING BAND:

The band, assembled in Beijing, includes America’s Anthony Vancore on the drums, a rotation of Americans Dan Zylinski, Ryan Bradetich or Ukraine’s Taras Korkots on bass, Ghana’s “Original” Ray on keys, Québec’s Gabriel Beaudoin on electric guitar, and China’s Wang Ya Qi 王雅琪 on the erhu. They are a collection of people from different parts of the world who have chosen Beijing as their current homes, which proves, once again, that Beijing is truly a global magnet.


RECENT & NOTEWORTHY PERFORMANCE HISTORY

*Please note: between 2001-2007, Ember Swift performed an average of 200 shows per year. The following is not a record, just a sampling of the types of performances in her performance history*

Euro Tour (Holland, UK, Germany, Switzerland, Czech Republic) May (2019)
Folk Alliance International Conference, Montréal, Canada (2019)
Destination Canada Ambassador Welcome Soirée, Beijing, China (2018)
Euro Tour (Holland, Germany, Czech Republic) (2018)
Xi’an City Wall Festival, Xi’an China (2018)
PALM Expo, International Guitar Exposition, Beijing China (2018)
Ancient Jimo & Global Folk Festival, Jimo Shandong, China (2018)
Euro Tour (Holland, Germany, Switzerland) May (2018)
Euro Tour (UK, France, Holland, Switzerland) Nov (2017)
Hugh’s Room, Toronto, Aug (2017)
Legu Ideal Music Fesival, Pinggu Beijing, China (2016)
SOTX Music Festival & Conference, Beijing China (2015)
Bobo Music Festival, Shandong China (2012)
Shanghai Water Village Festival, Shanghai China (2011)
Tianjin Mountain Festival, Tianjin, China (2010)
Woodford Music Festival, Queensland Australia (09-10, 06-07, 03-04)
Port Fairy Folk Festival, Victoria Australia (2003, 2005)East Coast Blues & Roots Festival, Byron Bay Australia (2006)
Blue Mountains Folk Festival, Katoomba Australia (2004, 2005)
Bliss Fest, Michigan USA (2008, 2005)
Winnipeg Folk Festival, Manitoba Canada (2004)
Toronto Pride Festival, Toronto Canada (2008, 2005, 2002, 1999, 1997)

中文简历:

国子玉 (Ember Swift)是一位来自加拿大的音乐艺术家和词曲作家。1996年至今,她通过自己的独立品牌“Few’ll Ignite Sound”发行了12张唱片和一张DVD。她的最新专辑《木棍和石头》融合了各种不同的音乐元素,包括爵士、民谣、吉普赛、摇滚、R&B、电子、流行、民谣和克莱兹默。除了英语之外,她还精通汉语普通话和法语,可以用这三种语言演绎歌曲。她标志性的爵士声线、电音风格以及凄美敏锐的歌词,使得这位“民间”艺术家难以归类,却又让人久久难忘。

风格包括爵士,吉普赛,摇滚,放克,流行,民谣,和蓝调。乐队组建于北京,成员有美国的鼓手Anthony Vanacore, 两个美国贝司手Dan Zylinski & Ryan Bradetich,加纳的键盘手Ray”Original”,加拿大的魁北克吉他手Gabriel Beaudoin(盖博)以及中国的二胡手王雅琪

主要音乐节经历:

欧洲巡演(荷兰,德国,法国,英国, 捷克共和国,瑞士)(2017,2018,2019)
即墨古城国际民谣季, 中国即墨山东(2018)
PALM 中国国际专业音响 . 灯光 . 乐器及技术展览会 (2018)
西安古城国际音乐节(2018)
北京平谷乐谷理想音乐节(2015)
影响之声音乐节(2015)
山东淄博Bobo音乐节(2012)
年上海水乡音乐节(2011)
天津?音乐节(2010)
澳大利亚昆士兰Woodford音乐节 (09-10, 06-07, 03-04)澳大利亚港口传奇民谣音乐节(2003, 2005) 澳大利亚Byron Bay东岸蓝调&根源音乐节 (2006)
澳大利亚Katoomba蓝山民谣音乐节(2004, 2005)
美国密歇根极乐音乐节(2008, 2005)
加拿大Manitoba民谣音乐节(2004)
加拿大多伦多Pride音乐节(2008, 2005, 2002, 1999, 1997)


AUDIO SAMPLES

MANNEQUIN

LNND (Love Needs No Dictionary)

SLEEP

BALLOON


PROMO PHOTOS

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OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO

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AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Third Place National Televised Competition for “妈妈咪呀Mama Miya,” China’s talent program for mothers – 2014
Third Stage Finalist in the Television Competition for “我要上春晚 I Want Perform at the New Year’s Eve Gala” – 2014
Best World Album (Nominee) – Toronto Independent Music Awards 2010
Best Singer-songwriter Composition (Runner-up) – International Acoustic Songwriting Awards 2010
Best Band Website (Winner) – Canadian Music Awards (2009


CONTACT

LABEL: Few’ll Ignite Sound

In Canada:
25 Government Dock Road
Norland ON  K0M 2L0; Canada

In China:
Chao Yang District, Beijing

Email: ember@emberswift.com

MANAGEMENT: Canadian Consultant & Management Assistance
Derek Andrews
www.globalcafe.ca
Email: derekandrews@sympatico.ca
Toronto, ON
Phone: 416-260-6655

 


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