Genre: Comedy / Folk / Hip Hop
Location Vancouver, British Columbia, CA
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Last Login: 12/6/2012
Member Since 7/27/2006
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BioBarbara Adler is a Vancouver-based spoken word artist, writer, and workshop facilitator. Known for her ability to mix intellectual poetics with entertaining observations about the quirkier moments of everyday life, Barbara has collaborated with composers, dancers, filmmakers and theater artists, creating “smart, funny, and often deeply moving poetry around questions of history, identity, and self-image” (Georgia Straight).She has been a CBC PGI Poetry Laureate (2007), a CBC Poetry Face Off Winner (Vancouver, 2007), and a Canadian Team Slam Champion (2005). She is a founding member of the 2007 Canadian Folk Music Award-nominated band, The Fugitives. Her new work finds her mashing together her words with the 120-button piano accordion. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..
InfluencesMark Twain, Gerald Durrell, Paul St. Pierre, Jacques Tati, Prince George, Hazelton (Old and New), and The Fisheries Broadcast on the CBC.
Sounds LikeThe verbal equivalent of a Bach fugue played by a choir of melodicas. But nicer (see Note 1). Complex funniness relayed through a person with springs in their bum (see Note 2). Stories about professional dog show MCs, suburban nerd heroes, and all things beautiful and electrical. Operettas about rappers and threesomes gone wistful. Poems about the things you wish you could tell your sister when she's down. Poems that prove you will not explode if you do something silly and awkward. Surprisingly friendly stuff from someone who was called a cynic by their grade 10 English teacher (See Note 3). New Adventures in pleasantly eccentric musicality involving slide shows and accordions. An ethic of hard work and character-building mistakes. Was it clear from the last couple of lines that I play the accordion. Yes. I play the accordion. It's coming along. Current projects include: The Fugitives (modern folk with poetry and an intense touring schedule); The B.C. Memory Game (provincial storytelling and visual art project in partnership with Literacy BC); Fang (junkyard of accordion and drums bound together by intensity and verve); Scholusm Schlace (Possum Face tribute band); ongoing solo performances and workshops *************************************************************** Note 1: Melodicas are reed instruments which sound like accordians but which look like a piano on a stick. Note 2: This is more endearing than you might imagine. Note 3: If you are sad, etc. this does not mean you will dislike me-- you can be ironic if you have to be. I totally celebrate and embrace that.
4 Songs | Sep 21, 2008