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play hi-fi  Pacis
play hi-fi  Snapshot
play hi-fi  Spirit

Anna Bateman - Vocals
Ren Kennedy - Vocals
Don Stagg - Keyboards
Jozef Pilasanovic - Guitar / Bass
Gary Flint - Drums

going past self-created illusions that limit our growing and changing...

Odonata is Ren Kennedy (Vocals/lyrics, Anna Bateman (vocals/lyrics), Don Stagg (composer/arranger/ lyricist & keyboard), Joszef Pilasanovic(Guitar/Bass), and Gary Flint (Drums). The four songs chosen for the single shows how bringing these five elements together can render diverse and unique songs, each with its own flavor and message.. He Touched My Soul, music and lyrics by Don Stagg, is a song of reminiscence and the fragility of love. Spirit, music by Don Stagg, lyrics by Don Stagg and Ren, is a duet of between humanity and deity. Pacis, music by Don Stagg, lyrics by Ren, is a prayer of peace. Snapshot music and lyrics by Don Stagg, reminds the listener to cherish memories and moments.

Listening to any of one these pieces may give one a glimpse into the genre of Odonata. Snapshot is an edgy rock song with the vocals lending themselves more to rock and pop, whereas Spirit might be classified as world beat and Pacis as dance music and He Touched My Soul is a powerful love ballad. To slot Odonata into any one of these genres would be folly and if a new genre could be created into which they fit it might be labeled epic-classic-world beat, but that would only continue to limit the vision of where this band might go next and like the dragonflies they emulate that too would be folly.

Refracting and reflecting light in our wings... Odonata

Why this name?
Anna and I have both been drawn to the image of the dragonfly and after some research have found the folklore surrounding dragonflies and damselflies to be equally intriguing. Dragonfly and Damselfly are registered named and neither of us actually liked the sound or the fact that the name was just straightforward so after a little more research Ren found that the biological order that dragonflies and damselflies belong to is Odonata and that name just seemed perfect for the band.
Do you play live?
We're kind of a funny band in that we met in the recording studio and the first six months of working together was all about recording our demo which we have now completed. We are now starting to get together to jam and write new material and we plan to start playing live in Toronto sometime this spring.
How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
The internet allows me to pop into a chat room, drop the link to my music and get feedback from all over the world without having to take off my slippers. There's just something so right about that. We're able to do so much more research and get more feedback to make our music better and better as well as listen to other bands in our genre and get a feeling for what's available and where the industry might be going or where we would like to see it go.
Would you sign a record contract with a major label?
That would really depend. Everyone in our band is a musician first and what we're producing isn't really "huge" label savvy. That said, who in their right mind is going to turn down a couple million bucks to make music? Certainly not us. But still some artistic control and definitely artistic intergrity are very very important to us.
Band History:
Back in early 2003 Ren Kennedy and Anna Bateman were singing together in Mozarts comedic opera, The Impressario. Both girls, originally from the West Coast, immediately connected and found there was a meeting of spirit and voice that was undeniable, and truly powerful. Annas silver and crystalline shimmer and Rens golden powerful rumble made a contrast that is at the same time sweet and thrilling. As their friendship grew they realized they shared a desire to step outside of the traditional operatic world and forage bravely into the world of pop. They dreamed of incorporating their classically trained operatic voices with instruments not generally associated with opera like electric guitar, bass, drums and keyboards, creating a unique sound that spanned from dance music to world beat and beyond. One afternoon in April, Ren innocently answered an Ad placed by a composer looking for voices to communicate his songs, and in October 2003 she and Anna were holding the four-track single Odonata in their hands, eagerly anticipating the worlds response to their music.
Your influences?
I don't think we sound like anyone really. But certainly smatterings of Delerium, Evanessence, Sarah Brightman, Engima, Enya and new age sort of mood music come to mind. As does the famous diva dance song from the fifth element. But our repertoire is so vast and our influences so varied it's kinda hard to nail it down.
Favorite spot?
Well my favorite spot on earth is lighthouse park in West Vancouver but basically anywhere in BC.
Anything else...?
We are currently seeking a management team and label. We are most interested in working with someone who appreciates our unique sound and respects our vision and artistic integrity.
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