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Strong Women Strong Music 2016: Laura Crema

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. Laura Crema will be one of the featured artists on March 8th @ Frankie’s:


Do you remember a concert that you attended that impacted you in a profound way?
So many .. The one that comes to mind is Betty Carter at the Vogue Theatre years ago.. also, Bill Frizell, Cassandra Wilson and Caetano Veloso at the Vogue as well. kd lang’s Hymns of the 49th Parallel at the Orpheum, Nancy King and Steve Christofferson in Port Townsend..
Could you name a music teacher or mentor who has influenced and inspired you?
Sheila Jordan at the Banff Centre, Extended Voice Master teacher Richard Armstrong, right now I am working with a fantastic voice teacher, Carole Davis.
Could you name a few artists whose recordings you enjoy listening to?
So many, but in the vocal department .. Elis Regina, Nina Simone, Joni Mitchell, kd lang. Billie Holiday, Bjork.
Do you come from a musical family?
Not really, although some of us are creative and somewhat eccentric .. I did hear recently I have two great uncles that were very well known musicians/composers that taught music at the university in Belluno, Italy.
Is there a famous musician you admire and if so why?
Antonio Carlos Jobim, the brilliant songwriter, composer, arranger, singer and pianist/guitarist. He was the primary force behind the creation of bossa nova.
Do you play any other instruments other than your main instrument?
I played piano as a child and play at home to work through tunes, I play a little guitar as well.
What it is about performing music that you particularly enjoy?
I love the musical conversation/creative process that can happen with other musicians and the audience during a performance. Music has the unlimited power to move us and for me music is connecting to spirit. Music can express things that can’t be expressed any other way.. Lots has been written to scientifically explain the human experience to music but I like the idea that while language can splits the world into detailed, district pieces, music unifies the world into a whole.
Could you name a famous song that you wish you were the composer of?
A Flower is a Lovesome Thing by Billy Strayhorn
If you were able to share coffee, conversation and a duet with an influential female musician who would that person be?
Billie Holiday or Joni Mitchell.
Advice to young aspiring musicians?
Lots of things to say but something that doesn’t get spoken about much .. thinking of your body as your instrument, keep it healthy and keep it open to allow the expression/inspiration to flow through, Alexander technique, Feldenkrais are both fantastic disciplines.. also, keep the joy of music alive!


Help us celebrate 10 years of Strong Women Strong Music!

In celebration of International Women’s Day join us on the 8th, 10th and 11th of March for the 10th annual Strong Women Strong Music concert series, featuring West Coast’s most prominent women jazz musicians singing up support for Enterprising Women Making Art (EWMA), a program of Atira Women’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 Frankie’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: Frankie’s Jazz Club, 765 Beatty St, Vancouver, BC
Time: 8pm-10pm – Performances start at 8pm.
Tickets: $20

Reservations for Frankie’s:
Admission at the door

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