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ZENSHIP
© 2016 by Tanya Evanson / Mother Tongue Media
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ZENSHIP is poetics, trance and jazz inspired by The Ten Bulls progression of short poems and accompanying pictures used in Zen Buddhism to illustrate stages of enlightenment. Recorded in Montreal, Canada at Hotel2Tango by Tyler Fitzmaurice. Album design by Jayme Spinks.

TANYA EVANSON (text, vocals, production), ZIYA TABASSIAN (Persian percussion/Regard Persan, Solawa), MARK HAYNES (electric bass/Kalmunity, Grounfood) CAULDER NASH (keys/Kalmunity) and NINA SEGALOWITZ (Inuit throat singing).

"Tanya Evanson’s fourth album, released this month, is the wonderfully experimental and deeply spiritual Zenship. An album of poetics, trance and jazz, Zenship is inspired by the Ten Bulls progression of short poems and images used in Zen Buddhism to illustrate the stages of a practitioners progression towards enlightenment. The calf or the bull or ox, is a metaphor essentially for meditation practice. The verses, by Kuņān Shīyuǎn, were also inspirations for John Cage."
LISA GREENAWAY / DJ LAPKAT 10/11/2016



LANGUAGE FOR GODS
© 2012 by Tanya Evanson / Mother Tongue Media
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Language for Gods is the third spoken wor.l.d music album for Tanya Evanson. A fusion of poetics + dub + jazz + experimental soundz exploring concepts of family, mythology, dialect, silence and technology. A global collaboration with the music of bRiFo (formerly of Gotan Project, France), Jerry the Cat (US), Lisbon Alien Orchestra (Portugal), Linx (Trinidad-Canada) and Stefan Smulovitz (Canada).

"Vancouver-based poet Evanson wears too many hats to mention here. Suffice to say that, since 1995, she has been performing spoken word and dub poetry with Canadian, Turkish and other musicians backing her. Her third album is both the most realized in terms of lyrical flow with music and the funkiest. Working with mixers such as bRifo (formerly of France’s Gotan Project) and Trinidad’s Linx among others, tracks such as Don’t Not Do It evoke those great dub poetry albums out of the West Indies in the late seventies. The flow on Internetahlagy making poetry about social media and memes is deliciously bright and everyone needs to heed the advice of Jazz Tonic for Easy Rebirth. Listen and learn. Grade: A."
STUART DERDEYN - THE PROVINCE NEWSPAPER 11/27/2012

"...a smooth and hot mixture of dub, electronics, jazz, sonic electronic explorations. Tanya’s voice is uniquely powerful, strong, assured and melodic, deep and resonant. Always a fresh approach to poetry as music, the voice as music.
LISA GREENAWAY / DJ LAPKAT 11/25/2012




THE MEMORISTS
© 2008 by Tanya Evanson / Mother Tongue Media
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An audio CD of poetry with music jewels of Jazz, Africa, Anatolia & Arabia. These are bridges between East and West, Language and Music. Based on work written during four years of life in Istanbul, Turkey, this fusion CD features collaborations with classical and gypsy musicians from Electronic World Music group Mercan Dede: Goksel Baktagir, Aykut Sutoglu, Onur Il, Yunus Balcioglu and Burak Malcok as well as collaborations with well-known Vancouver Jazz, Funk and World Music artists Pepe Danza, Sam Shoichet, Linx, Carlos Joe Costa and Serwan Yamolky. Recorded in Istanbul, Turkey by Serkan Alkan and in Vancouver, Canada by William Benavides of Somos Music.

"Many verses have flowed under the bridge since 2004's Invisible World CD. Relocated to Istanbul, poet Evanson immersed in that country's musical depth and explored new spiritual views. The result is an album of 16 tracks with backing from leading Turkish, Romany and Vancouver jazz players that takes you on a journey from entrancing "Dervish Weaponry -- Dervis Silahi" nights to the funky groove of "Turkish Coffee" and beyond. Always over the great music is her powerful voice and taut storytelling. This is the rarest of things: A great spoken-word album. A- "
STUART DERDEYN - THE PROVINCE  NEWSPAPER 11/25/2008

"...beautiful is the word."
LISA GREENAWAY - LAPKAT 11/25/12



INVISIBLE WORLD
© 2004 by Tanya Evanson / Mother Tongue Media
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An audio CD launched in 2004 at Cafe Montmartre in Vancouver BC, Canada, featuring original poems, songs, stories and traditional prayers in a rich context of African, Latin American, Jazz, Arabic and Hip Hop music. Based on work written during extensive world travels, it features collaborations with a wide cultural spectrum of Canadian musicians in the spirit of Spoken World Music. Musicians include Carlos Joe Costa, John Howard, C.R. Avery, Emad Armoush, Serwan Yamolky, Tim Gerwing and Pepe Danza.

"She calls her art 'spoken world.' There isn't a better description for Evanson's groovy tales, fluidly rapped in Spanish, Arabic, French and English. All avoid the uni-meter curse of most live poets and spark. 4/5"
STUART DERDEYN - THE PROVINCE NEWSPAPER 07/2004




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