clare burson

silver and ash

Archive for November, 2008


this isn’t an entry so much as it is an announcement:

the multi-media performance piece created around the SILVER AND ASH song cycle will debut in new york at JOE’S PUB on THURDSAY, FEBRUARY 26th @ 7:30PM.

the official blurb about the project and the show is (for now) as follows:

After releasing 2 full length albums to critical acclaim, indie chanteuse Clare Burson has created her most ambitious project yet – a song cycle, multi-media performance, and a collaborative artist book – one that imagines her grandmother’s life in Germany, from her birth in 1919 to her escape in 1938. Thanks to a generous grant from the Six Points Fellowship For Emerging Jewish Artists, Burson has written 10 songs that inhabit and give life to this story as well as Burson’s own struggles with rupture, silence, guilt, empathy, and continuity.

The album, entitled SILVER AND ASH and produced by Grammy nominated Tucker Martine (The Decemberists, Laura Veirs, Bill Frisell), is inspired by a desire for melodic minimalism, evocative imagery and subtle metaphors.  From the first track to the last, distant pianos, jarring Telecasters, vintage acoustic guitars, Burson’s own lush string arrangements and rich vocals – at times wistful, at times full of desperation, but at all times direct – come together to fill the 10 songs on SILVER AND ASH with nostalgia and longing.

In a live setting, the SILVER AND ASH song cycle is transformed into a multi-media performance piece in which dream sequences and cinematic musings tell a coming of age story spanning centuries and continents.   In advance of the album’s summer 2009 release, audience members at the Joe’s Pub debut of SILVER AND ASH will receive a free sampler of the album as well as a collaborative artist book created in response to the songs.