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Annabelle chvostek


Annabelle Chvostek is a Toronto-based artist whose musical achievements range from folk to jazz to indie pop. She has composed music for dance and film, co-written songs with Bruce Cockburn, and was once in the band The Wailin' Jennys. Her work has been nominated for both JUNO and Canadian Folk Music Awards.

String of pearls: A canadian/uruguayan musical collaboration

String of Pearls brings together Annabelle's Canadian singer-songwriter tradition and the nostalgia of her East European heritage with a long-standing connection to Uruguay. The songs were arranged and co-produced in Montevideo by long-time collaborator, composer and multi-instrumentalist, Fernando Rosa, who gathered some of Uruguay's stellar tango and classical musicians to add to a contemporary sound that harkens back to the grittiness of 1930s tango, vaudeville cabaret and swinging Hot Club jazz. On the Canadian side, long-standing bandmate Tony Spina is back on drums alongside members of Toronto's vibrant Jazz Manouche community. Toronto producer David Travers-Smith works his magic in bringing together the Canadian and Uruguayan tracking to attain a uniquely diverse cross-cultural, cross-temporal sonic montage.

West meets South in jazzy folk excellence”

— Americana, UK


STRING OF PEARLS: a canadian/uruguayan cross-cultural collaboration