Live music is back with a bang! Barbra Lica is happy to announce a brand new concert lineup just in time for Valentine’s Day gifting. First, join Barbra for a live in-person show at the Bassment in Saskatoon with her full band including Tom Fleming on guitar, Joel Visentin on keys, Will Fisher on drums, and Mark Godfrey on bass. Tables of 4, 6, and 8 for February 14th can be purchased HERE. Then on April 6th, Barbra will finally be debuting a project that’s two years in the making….
When the pandemic hit, Barbra’s music could only be performed in small formats from behind plexiglass and computer screens, and so she along with trombonist-arranger Anders Azzopardi had an idea – why not plan for something big and bold on the other side of isolation? Now these two friends have invited some of Canada’s most prolific and virtuosic musicians to share the stage with them for a special chamber orchestra performance series featuring all-new arrangements of songs from Barbra Lica albums past and future. The newly formed Toronto Chamber-Pop Orchestra includes JUNO-award winner Allison Au and ten-time JUNO nominee Tara Davidson on woodwinds; Chamber Music Competition champion Amahl Arulanandam on cello; renowned composer/bandleader Aline Homzy on first violin; three-time Canadian Music Competition finalist Jessica Deutsch on viola; and Toronto’s 2019 Emerging Jazz Artist recipient Mark Godfrey on bass with JUNO award-winner Sammy Jackson on support vocals. Prepare to hear Barbra’s favourite songs reimagined, from the French classic “La Vie En Rose” to Barbra’s first ever radio single, “Because I Say So”, to her latest composition, “Hello from My Basement”. After years of writing and arranging in solitude, we celebrate a triumphant return to live music, big sound, and the stories that bring us together. Tickets for the debut of “Barbra Lica: Songs For Orchestra” at the Flato Markham Theatre go on sale February 14th at 10 am and can be purchased HERE. You can also catch the Toronto Chamber-Pop Orchestra with Barbra on July 31st at The Barn in Campbellford (Tickets on sale HERE). With so much gratitude, we acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, without whom none of this would be possible.
For those who feel mad rage at the mere mention of Valentine’s Day, Barbra is releasing a special mastered recording of “You Should Write the Book” across all digital streaming platforms on February 9th. You can also grab a copy on bandcamp right HERE on release day. It features the unbelievably talented Danielle Knibbe in a live performance of the ultimate heart wrenching anti-love song.
“It starts and ends with Lica’s voice. It’s a bright, vibrant contralto one minute, laconic and syrupy the next when she lets a phrase die on the vine and trail off”
– Frank De Blase, Journalist, City Newspaper