One enters a sonic journey in this album, to another time where Gone To The Spirits story enfolds from ambient roots to worldly pop, jazz and blues.
OVERVIEW Acclaimed Vancouver artist, Norine Braun, releases her 10th album, Gone To The Spirits via Braun and Brains Music. The concept album was recorded and mixed with producer Adam Popowitz at Rear Window Song and Sound. The session players include: the Juno nominated Adam Popowitz on bass and lead guitar, Elliot Polsky on drums, Huggybear Leonard on blues harp, Alice Fraser on keys and accordion, Malcolm Aiken on trumpet and flugelhorn with Norine Braun on rhythm guitar, ukulele, Navajo flute and vocals. The concept album is birthed from the Ququnak Paǂkiy Song Collection that Braun wrote from a Canada Council For The Arts Award. The songs are based on the engaging and dramatic life story of a Two Spirit, Ktunaxa warrior woman, courier and guide, who lived in the early 19th century. Gone-To-The-Spirits was the gifted oracle and accomplished warrior who appeared in the journals of trappers and explorers and was noted as having transitioned gender and also became a chief. Braun’s irrepressible passion to create music with no imposed boundaries makes this work impossible to categorize. In the beginning, the haunting and ethereal Morning Prayer mesmerizes with ambient ascension toward the heavens. Throughout the album’s rich textures of worldly pop, jazz and blues, the listener is transported among dreamy ice fields, rootsy coyote canyons, thunderous storms toward soulful victory and a sublime rock transformation. One enters a sonic journey in this album, to another time where Gone To The Spirits story enfolds. A short story Ququnak Paǂkiy also written by Norine Braun accompanies the album.
Key Points * 2018 Western Canadian Music Awards - Norine Braun Spiritual Artist of the Year Nominee
2017 Banff Centre For Arts and Creativity Musician in Residence Late Fall
2015 Canada Council For the Arts Award
2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics Venue performer
2010 Kansai International Music Conference Showcase Performer Osaka Japan and Tokyo Showcase
Winner Los Angeles Independent International Music 16th Annual Awards Female Singer-Songwriter of The Year Jazz Category for song Crystallize
Winner Artists For Literacy Songs Inspired By Literature International Songwriting Competition for song Conformity 451