On a short tour of Eastern Canada’s largest cities, Vancouver independent folk artist Jenny Banai has included a stop at Windsor’s Phog Lounge. Her one night stand on Tuesday May 15, 2018, will also include music by kuri.
(Photo above: Jenny Banai promotional photograph. Photo by Eric Ballard Photography.)
Those who know the west coast recording artist talk of her voice being “explosively fluid” in a Fort Macleod, Alberta Joni Mitchell sort of way with touches of Amherst Nova Scotia’s Leslie Feist thrown into the mix. Oddly, on her web page she lists male artists, such as Andy Shauf, Patrick Watson, Josh Garrels and Garth Stevenson as her greatest influencers.
Aside from tunes in which she self-accompanies with a Harmony six-string electric guitar, affectionately called “baby,” her other works are taken up a notch with solid backup and are noticeably and predominately percussion rich.
Phog, a small live lounge venue, is most likely a good match for her intimate style.
On her Facebook page, Banai says her music is somewhat a voyage of discovery. “I am discovering,” she writes, “more in my heart through every moment it speaks, and I hope it will continue to openly speak.”
In 2015, she released Flowering Head, a collection of her most prized works.
Scott Currie, also known as kuri, will accompany Banai on most of her stops. The Abbotsford, British Columbia recording artist has performed for a number of years with the BC-band Oh Village. Updating classical instrumental tunes is one of his favourite pastimes.
Phog Lounge is at 157 University Ave W, in downtown Windsor.
For more about Jenny Banai visit http://www.jennybanai.com
For more about kuri visit http://www.kurimusic.com
Article by Robert Tuomi
For over a decade, Robert has covered local news and community events. Initially as a contributor to CBC Radio’s local morning show and then as the long-time producer and host of CJAM’s The Rest of the News and as a journalist at the Windsor Square. A graduate of the Nikon School of Photography he enjoys illustrating his reports with what he sees through his camera’s lens.