In preparation for the Strong Women Strong Music 2016 Benefit for the Atira Women’s Centre (details below), Karin Plato has been posting profiles of the artists involved with her Platonic Questionnaire – these are too good to simply evaporate on Facebook. Vocalist Andrea Superstein will be one of the featured artists on March 11th @ Frankie’s:
Do you remember a concert that you attended that impacted you in a profound way?
About six years ago I saw Jamie Cullum play at the Commodore. I had seen him before at the Montreal Jazz Festival but here in Vancouver it was so much more intimate. It was so moving I actually cried.
Could you name a music teacher or mentor who has influenced and inspired you?
My elementary school music teacher Marco Fraticelli. He was responsible for introducing me to the entire Beatles catalog and a ton of doo-wop when I was eight years old. He was really the first to teach me about harmony.
Could you name a few artists whose recordings you enjoy listening to?
Elizabeth Shepherd, Amy Winehouse, Portishead, Ella Fitzgerald, Django Reinhardt, Esperanza Spalding, Paul Simon.
Do you come from a musical family?
Not at all. The closest thing my family comes to music is that apparently my great aunt baked the strudel for Bob Dylan’s bar mitzvah.
Is there a famous musician you admire and if so why?
Bjork. She is constantly pushing the boundaries of what music and art can be. I think she’s a genius.
Do you play any other instruments other than your main instrument?
I play the ukulele and guitar.
What it is about performing music that you particularly enjoy?
The shared connection between performer and audience is what drives me. It’s truly magical. Plus singing just feels good no matter what it sounds like! I think everyone will agree with that.
Could you name a famous song that you wish you were the composer of?
The Rainbow Connection
If you were able to share coffee, conversation and a duet with an influential female musician who would that person be? Lauryn Hill
Advice to young aspiring musicians?
Don’t be afraid to jump in even if people tell you pursuing music is impractical. Never try, never know.
Help us celebrate 10 years of Strong Women Strong Music!
In celebration of International Womenâ€™s Day join us on the 8th, 10th and 11th of March for the 10th annual Strong Women Strong Music concert series, featuring West Coastâ€™s most prominent women jazz musicians singing up support for Enterprising Women Making Art (EWMA), a program of Atira Womenâ€™s Resource Society. Revel in the voices and music of these talented artists while investing in the soul and spirit of the Downtown Eastside, where EWMA helps art and empowerment bloom.
One hundred percent of all proceeds will go to EWMA. For more than thirteen years EWMA has provided safe, income-generating opportunities for women in the Downtown Eastside free from exploitation, abuse and other vulnerabilities.
This year we are delighted to be partnering with Vancouver Coastal Jazz. With their support we have been able to extend the concert to three nights and to use their fantastic location Frankieâ€™s Jazz Club, where food will also be available. The Strong Women Strong Music Concerts are part of a month long celebration of women in jazz.
Mar 8 – Jennifer Scott, Laura Crema, Jaclyn Guillou, Jen Hodge, Sharon Minemoto, Karen Graves
Mar 10 – Karin Plato, Kate Hammett-Vaughan, Daphne Roubini, Jillian Lebeck, Geeta Das, Wendy Solloway
Mar 11 – Leora Cashe, Dawn Aitken, Andrea Superstein, Diane Lines, Wendy Solloway, Mili Hong
Location: Frankieâ€™s Jazz Club, 765 Beatty St, Vancouver, BC
Time: 8pm-10pm â€“ Performances start at 8pm.
Reservations for Frankieâ€™s:
Admission at the door