Back from the south
December was spent in Montevideo with family and friends. I’ve been going the last 10 years, and now, with the generous support of Canada Council For The Arts, I am working on a new, cross-cultural collaboration. It is still in its early stages, but emerging is a group of songs, bringing together the parallels and tensions of South and North with a cathartic theatricality.
This past December I brought bare unfinished song ideas to the table with Fernando Rosa of El Club De Tobi as my main collaborator and link to musical communities of Montevideo. We found ourselves playing with everything from Tango and Jazz Manouche to Pink Floydian walls of sound. Divergences and commonalities, deep roots and jarring displacements, pasts and presents interweave. Stay tuned as things emerge!
Celebrating 10 years of Resilience!
Hello Friends in every corner!
I just looked through my email sign up list and was sent on a speeding journey through the U.K., many parts Europe, U.S.A. and all over Canada. What a full set of memories, connecting with all of you in person out there in the beautiful big wide world.
The seed is planted for a new album. The writing is puzzling itself into songs. I am taking the Fall to write and demo in my bottle-lit studio here in Toronto, then going down to Uruguay in December to workshop and play with some musicians there. I plan to start recording at some point in 2019!
It is ten years since my album Resilience came out! It is of place, standing grounded in that Montreal apartment, roots tapping down and into the flood of connecting webs of love and living. Of home, having that, so damn grateful amidst the fluctuations, flights and crashes, global delivery of body. Drawing in all connections of real and love and excitement that openness brought, and being able, like never before, to dive into intricacies of creation, camped out for extended Manhattan nights and days and long long nights in studio with collaboration so free and profound and challenging, no counting hours, endless hours. Offering our best. We built a ship. Planted a forest. Released unknowing. It was a time.
So, I'm having a Celebratory CD sale. All CDs $8 plus shipping to your region.
Singin' and Dancin' and South america!
So much is happening! Feels like we finished building the new studio in Toronto (CaveSpace) and boom, in came the good work!
Firstly, The Canada Council for the Arts has awarded me the opportunity to continue working with the Echo Women’s Choir, so I’m on again as Artist in Residence, composing/arranging a new work and being mentored by Alan Gasser and Becca Whitla in the ways of Choral Direction. Thank You CCA and Echo Choir!
Second, I’ll be leading the middle voices of Moving Parts, singing in the choir that will be accompanying the extraordinary dancers of Fujiwara Dance Inventions to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of DanceWorks. I’m so happy to be on stage with this crew. We perform November 16 -18 2017 at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto.
Thirdly, I’m working on another electro-based composition/production for the intense and hard hitting dance company Drastic Action, choreographer Aviva Geismar (NYC). It’s been a little while since I’ve had the chance to exercise these muscles. Feels good. Stay tuned for the premiere in the Big Apple.
Fourthly, I’ll be playing for the first time in South America on December 2nd as part of Tio Roque festival, Joined by Uruguay’s own Fernando Rosa of El Club De Tobi. We'll be going electric. Woot! Bring on the summer in winter!
Echo Women's Choir
Annabelle has joined the Echo Women's Choir as artist in residence and will be coming back in the fall for a second year. She is contributing songs, arrangements and artistic direction, and is being mentored as a choral director by Alan Gasser and Becca Whitla. This collaboration has been generously supported by the Ontario Arts Council.
oNtario Arts Council and Canada Council Creation awards
Annabelle is thrilled to be among the artists included in this year's grants towards popular music creation awarded by the Ontario Arts Council, and Grants to Professional Musicians from the Canada Council, both supporting the making of new songs.
La RevoluCion, Toronto
Every Thursday evening in April Annabelle will be performing at La Rev, an intimate venue in the Junction with a positive vibe and excellent Mexican food. Show starts at 8pm, by donation, 2848 Dundas Street West
"I am taking a break for a moment from the pursuit of long times out in far away places. The next couple of years will favour a proximity to home and my sweet tiny person who needs me around right now," says Chvostek. "I'm here nesting in Toronto's west end, playing, experimenting, collaborating and planting my garden in the city. It's time to get local, play some songs and try out some new ideas with talented people in a gentle environment."
April 7th will feature a guest appearance by the wild and lovely Willow Rutherford. Stay tuned for more special guests to come!
Winterfolk Fest, Toronto
Annabelle is pleased to be performing solo at Winterfolk Festival on the Danforth, February 12th at the Black Swan Tavern. Tickets available here!
Back in the swing, Slow Release
Annabelle is continuing the slow release of "Be The Media". So far the album has been released in the UK and parts of Canada. 2016 tour dates will be trickling in soon.
GERMAN DATES CANCELLED DUE TO INJURy!
Annabelle deeply regrets having to cancel her German tour dates beginning June 4, 2015 due to a back injury. She hopes to reschedule these in the not-too-distant future.
BE THE MEDIA drops
June 1, 2015
New record BE THE MEDIA, scheduled for release in the UK and Europe June 1. Pre-order now and get your signed copy mailed out hot off the press.
UK & Europe Tour starting May, 2015
Check out the TOUR page for dates. North America dates coming soon.