With unconventional lyrical vision, the music Canadian singer/songwriter Sora writes is naturally neoteric; a collision of past and future. Sora evokes a new esoteric in music that fuses the poetry of the Celts, the global influence of World and the stunning melodiousness of Neo-Classical into music that defies the boundaries of traditional genre categorization. Much like the trend towards global integration, Sora writes music that harmonizes in a world of differentiation, music for a new world.
Sora, who has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology, has a deep interest in mythology, fairytales, archetypes, feminism, society’s collective consciousness, and narratives that illuminate life’s passages. On her fourth studio album, Scorpion Moon, Sora delves deeply into stories, both mythic and modern, that transcend time and place, boldly claiming the complexity of contradictory truths within the emotional landscapes that shape our own personal stories. Light and dark, joy and sorrow, urban versus nature, birth/rebirth but also death, ancient and modern, Sora delicately balances it all to provide music that is at once ethereal and grounded.
In addition to Scorpion Moon, Sora has released three previous recordings -- Winds of Change (traditional folk songs from the British Isles), Light (a four-song EP featuring her first original songs) and Heartwood (a Top 20 album on the international Zone Music Reporter chart, featuring all-original material including several tunes inspired by children’s stories and ancient legends). Heartwood has received international praise and airplay, charting on several Canadian college radio stations (CFAM - Manitoba, CFBX - BC, CKUW - Manitoba, IRFT-Ireland).
As a performer, Sora’s crystalline voice, unusual instrumentation and penchant for threading stories and narratives through her live shows makes her a sought after commodity. In 2010 Sora was a featured performer three times for the Winnipeg Concert Series Musica Speciale as well as a featured performer with the Lily Quartet. In 2011, choral arrangements of Sora’s songs were requested by the Airdrie Community Choir, for a performance in which Sora was the featured soloist. In 2011/2012, Sora’s unique collaborative concert series, The Mask and the Music, with spoken word artist, Erin Dingle and singer, Catherine Gell, were performed to sold out crowds.
Sora’s uncanny sensitivity to meaning within stories and her ability to maintain urban relevancy within the organic settings of her music is starting to garner recognition. In 2010, Sora was commissioned to give voice to Calgary Family Service’s 100 year anniversary, which became the song, Legacy, recorded with Juno – nominated producer, Douglas Romanow and performed at the gala event. In 2011 Sora collaborated with Danish composer, Nicky Bendix to write the song Giant’s Causeway, commissioned for the American short film American IRA and in 2012 Sora wrote and recorded Moving On which is included on the soundtrack of the short independent film Moving On, written and directed by Bryan P. Hunt.
From her lyrics that read as poetry, to her ability to breathe life to even the oldest stories, to her otherworldly voice this much is clear; you have never heard anything like Sora.
Winds of Change 2003
Light EP 2007
Legacy single 2010
Giant's Causeway Single 2011 (co-write with Cindy O'Neil)
Wings in Flight Single 2011 (co-write with Nicky Bendix)
Scorpion Moon 2013
Shades of the Living Light The music of Hidegard von Bingen
Yoga MCC, 2028b 33rd Ave. SW., Calgary, Alberta
THE MUSIC & VISIONS OF
HILDEGARD VON BINGEN
Shades of the Living Light
The music of Hidegard von Bingen
March 12, 2016 7:00-9:30pm
Vanessa Cardui - voice, guitar
Sora - voice, piano
Dorothy Bishop - cello
Trudy Hipwell - percussion
Prashant - bansuri, guitars
"The beauty and depth of theme found in Hildegard’s theology, philosophy, cosmology and medicine can all be found condensed in her music as in a jewel."
Sands of Time Exhibit
Essentia, 1113 Kensington Rd. N.W., Calgary, AB
We would love to invite you to the Sands of Time Opening Reception where you will be able to view Liba's incredible peices of art, while contemplating time. Sora will also be singing Celtic melodies that are sure to put you in awe! Liba Labik is a local visual artist who explores in her latest work time and its impact on life. She is using mainly oil, encaustic and mixed media in her work. During Liba's Opening Reception for "The Sands of Time," Sora will be singing. Sora is a World/Celtic singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose soaring voice and poetic lyrics have garnered her international acclaim. *30% of each art piece sold in January at Essentia will go to the Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society. For more information, please visit: http://www.myessentia.com/locations/calgary/
Annual Candlelight Shindig
The Lantern Community Church, 1401 10th Ave SE, Calgary, AB
A Christmas story interspersed with holiday music.