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
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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).
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."
- 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
2008 by Tanya Evanson / Mother
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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
by William Benavides of Somos Music.
verses have flowed under the
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- "
- THE PROVINCE NEWSPAPER 11/25/2008
"...beautiful is the word."
LISA GREENAWAY - LAPKAT 11/25/12
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
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.
STUART DERDEYN -
THE PROVINCE NEWSPAPER 07/2004