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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 few years making her home base in the magnetic city of Beijing, China. Still doing occasional touring in Canada, the US, and Australia, (and always hoping to return for her third tour in New Caledonia ~ French island in the Pacific), she and her band regulary travel around China for festivals and events.

She has released 12 albums and 1 DVD project since 1996 and continues to have a loyal fan base across many national borders. Her new 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 is her first release in 5 years and marks an important transition in Ember’s identify from not just an impressive musical and literary artist, but also a proud parent.

Living in Beijing and having taken the time to learn Mandarin Chinese, immerse in Chinese culture, as well as to develop a body of work featuring not just the language but also several musical elements indicative of Asia (such as the inclusive of erhu in her band, a traditional Chinese instrument, and the regular use of harmonies in fourths), Ember Swift is an artist who bridges two cultures and represents a future goal to see East and West linked, in harmony, and mutually understood.

Typical of all Ember Swift material, her new body of work features several different styles ranging from pop to jazz, funk to klezmer, R&B to rock. Linking it all together is 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 and Jeffrey Gilman on bass, Israel’s Yoav Volansky on keys, and China’s Wang Ya Qi on the erhu. They are five people from different parts of the world who have chosen Beijing as their current homes proving, 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*

Legu Ideal Music Fesival, Pinggu Beijing, China (2015)
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:

加拿大艺术家子玉(Ember Swift)现居中国北京。自1996年起,她已经发行了11张专辑,并在很多国家拥有忠实的粉丝。她的上一张专辑是她的第11张专辑,正好又发行在2011年,所以命名为”11:11”。目前子玉正在录制新的作品并计划于2016年发行。

子玉讲一口流利的中文,丈夫又是中国人,对中国文化有着较深的理解,她的音乐也凸显出这种文化的交融碰撞。比如歌词有中文、有英文、有法文(这两个都是加拿大的官方语言),在编配上除了常规的西方乐器也用到了中国的传统乐器二胡。个人方面,子玉有着充满张力的嗓音,弹得一手好琴,她爵士风格的吉他演奏独具一格,不仅如此,舞台上的她更有着迷人的气质。

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, 法国的贝司手Peter Billiard,以色列的键盘手Yoav Volansky,以及中国的二胡手王雅琪

主要音乐节经历:
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

LIVE VIDEOS


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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