Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Ben and Lexy
Vanport Spotlight: Craig Stewart
21 and over
Amaya Villazan is a singer-songwriter based in Portland, OR. Raised in Montreal, Canada to European parents, she was surrounded by the pulse of Spanish guitar music and the lament of Irish ballads. Her sound is at once soulful and raw yet delicate. Her hopeful songs are about wholeness within loss, re-connection to self, and a constant knowing that we are all coming "home" in our own way. Her poetic folk sound embodies a minimalist approach, a curiosity for the space between notes, and places a strong emphasis on rhythm and soul. Backed by incredibly talented and good-looking musicians, guitarists Hal Gerard & Dan Miller, bassist Rob Schrecongost and percussionist Beth Rhodes, Amaya's performing style embraces her unique ability to laugh and cry at the same time.
Amaya is well-known to Portlanders for her time spent as a member of Artists Repertory Theatre's acting ensemble. With over a decade spent acting in the theatre, Amaya's music performances are immersed in a natural story-telling and innate ability to connect truthfully to the meaning of a song. Some great inspirations to her, in music and beyond, have been and still are Leonard Cohen, Nina Simone, Sarah Siskind, Holcombe Waller, Otis Redding, Gillian Welch, Ani DiFranco, Jeannie Zandi, Adyashanti, Pema Mags Deane and the greatest of all teachers, silence.