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POST EURO SHAKEDOWN!

As I lie here on the couch nursing a grizzly chest cold it’s hard to believe that just 11 days ago I was with Lederhosen Lucil rocking out in Toulouse at Le Petit London club.

Lederhosen Lucil rocks till her roots show in Toulouse!

And that days before that I was at the lovely Cinema Le Melies in Pau, France performing to a warm crowd after a nice petit café et biscuit.

Krista in the café performing songs from her latest record "Between Atoms"

The 2011 European tour was bitter sweet adventure in many ways. I shared the stage with wonderful and talented people including Alex of “Led To Sea” (watching her live is mesmerizing and totally corporeal) and Jos aka G.W. Sok (founder and former singer of the legendary band “The Ex”) who now fronts the sonically raw Toulouse-based “Cannibales et Vahinés.” Lederhosen Lucil even sang a few DEVO covers with garage punk duo “Les Balladurians.” And so many belle rencontres here, there, everywhere! Timson at the Live Music Café sneaking me tea (no hot beverages after 9pm! what?), Murad en route from Brussels to Paris helping me with my gear, Katy cooking the most delicious fish stew and her grandmother’s special chocolate cake in Montesquiou, and Cyril of What A Mess! Records who housed and fed me for many a night! And in Chartres I stayed at the LAB art collective run by Misun Park et Frederic Daty.

But alongside the positive experiences of reconnecting with friends and fans, exploring beautiful places and drinking in amazing architecture, I felt the sadness, anger and frustration of the local people I encountered in Greece and Spain. There was a dark, heavy cloud hanging above – almost tangible. But I do believe that in these trying times art and music can snap us out of a trance, lift us up and connect us in profound ways. And I felt honored to have been able to perform my music for such a variety of audiences in both the bustling metropolis’ and truly rural places.

I had the chance to play with a Greek band on the island of Syros and on that same island penned the words to a song that will be released on my next album.

The view from Iasonas' window in Ermoupoli

“And the arms outstretching to reach you, they are longer than you may know.

They extend beyond this illusion…

Divisions will melt with the snow.”

from the song “The Idea of Home”, written in Ermoupoli, Syros, October 2011

KRISTA’S EURO TOUR! From clubs in Athens to a sweet shop on the island of Syros!

16 days on the road thus far and I’ve already played seven shows in France, Spain, Greece, worked in a sweet shop on the island of Syros, sat in on a jam session with a Greek band and eaten many delicious things! I’m getting ready for the journey from Ermoupoli to Athens as tonight I’m playing my last gig in Greece at a chouette place in the city center called Aperitif.

We begin back in Toulouse at the Persimmon House. Here is where it gets it’s name…

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POST POP – EURO TOUR AHOY!

I had an amazing time at Pop Montreal last weekend. Got to check out some great bands – Dominique Young Unique, Moonface, Les Canailles – as well as attend the Pop Symposium. The Music Supervisor panel created by Jon Bartlett featured three very different but equally inspiring music supervisors who were on hand to talk about their work placing music for film/tv. I had the pleasure of talking to Michael Hill after the panel and he told me of his work with Musicians On Call. Basically music therapists are teamed up with musicians who go from room to room performing for patients in the hospitals – the healing power of music is indeed great and I’m hoping to pursue this work in the future!

Thanks to all of you who came out to see us perform at the Ukrainian Federation Hall. Here we are hanging backstage avant le spectacle…

Now I’m busy prepping as I fly to Toulouse via London tonight! Trying to see how I can possibly fit costumes, instruments, clothes and presents into one suitcase under 25kilo…The art of extreme tetris begins…You can check out the updated tour schedule on the shows page. I’ll be performing in Toulouse – Barcelona – Athens – Paris – Brussels – Pau – Bayonne – Engomer – Bordeaux. Hope to see some of you there! And for the time being you can enjoy this amazing remix of “Between Atoms” by Pierre Crube de Numero.