Thursday, November 15, 2012

Wilsonville Old Church & Pub

    • Naomi LaViolette

    7 p.m.

    All ages welcome



Naomi LaViolette

Naomi LaViolette, songwriter, pianist, and vocalist, has found an acoustic niche between the worlds of folk singer-songwriters and jazz soulstresses. Her music takes two parts Sarah MacLachlan, one part Joni Mitchell, and adds a dash of Madeleine Peyroux's understated elegance for a concoction that is extremely palatable, sweet, and soulful. LaViolette's debut album, self-titled Naomi LaViolette (2011), features 10 original songs, as well her own arrangements of George Gershwin's "Our Love Is Here to Stay" and Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now".

As a songwriter, LaViolette composes from an authentic outpouring of life experiences. She writes songs about falling in love and staying in love. One song is a lullaby. She writes about heartbreak, life's tough questions, and finding answers in surprising places. As one born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, her songs often contain inspiration from the natural world, reflecting a sort of wild, uncontained beauty. "In artistic expression," says LaViolette, "we find places to stand in a world that is constantly changing. We discover what is most important in our lives, and understand our trials and joys at a deeper level."

LaViolette's music strikes a distinctive balance between soul-filled honesty and a variety of musical styles. Her roots are deep in classical music, with a master's degree in classical piano performance. She's immersed herself in jazz standards, folk songs, soul, pop and gospel music. All these influences weave in and throughout LaViolette's songs, creating a musical vibe that is both vintage and current.

LaViolette has performed in a diversity of venues, from jazz clubs to farmer's markets and esteemed concert series. She often collaborates with guest artists at her shows, sharing the stage with both seasoned and emerging musicians. In each show her songs speak to the heart, and she wins audiences over with musicianship and vulnerability.


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