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Sara's new CD, "true stories," is a blend of folk, rock, roots, jazz and social justice. Powerful vocals combine with lush instrumentation - cello, flute, mando
"In the strong tradition of women songwriters with powerful messages, there were pioneers like Joni Mitchell and Alanis Morrisette. Now perhaps is Sara Marlowe's turn." -- New Songs for Peace Sara is April's Spotlight Artist on 'News Songs for Peace.' Check out this great UNESCO endorsed project at www.newsongsforpeace.org. ************************************ "Toronto-based Sara Marlowe's sound is very reminiscent of Ani DiFranco and to further the comparison, she writes strong lyrics that compel attention." - Sing Out! The Folk Song Magazine ******************************************************* "Times like these...", the second release from Toronto based Sara Marlowe follows her debut "A World to Win." Sara has been heard on radio across North America, while "A World to Win" is selling on both sides of the Atlantic. Picked as one of the Top 10 Releases of 2002 by 'HarrisRadio' in New York City, "A World to Win" also hit #13 on the Canadian college charts. Her songs have appeared on various compilations in both Canada and the US, notably "One Big No" with the Barenaked Ladies, Chris Brown & Kate Fenner, Emm Gryner, Ron Hawkins, Jian Gomeshi and other prominent Canadian musicians. 'Times like these...' encompasses a wide range of musical genres, including acoustic roots, protest folk and pop, with accents of world-beat, jazz and funk. To create this eclectic sound, Sara was joined by some prominent Toronto musicians: Latin-jazz drummer Daniel Holowachuk; jazz-fusion composer Steve Sherman on bass; Lowell Lybarger, one of the top Canadian tabla players; Dave Olsen (of "Just Think") on piano; Brodie West, Canadian renowned saxophone player and Alex McMaster (of "the Lowest of the Low") on cello . Sara has captivated audiences from intimate coffeehouse gatherings to crowds of tens of thousands at Peace Rallies across Canada. She has performed at numerous events including International Women's Day celebrations, anti-globalization protests and labour rallies. Throughout, she has shared the stage with numerous renowned musicians, including Bruce Cockburn, David Rovics, Chris Brown, Evalyn Parry and Anne Feeney. She also plays regularly at various venues around Toronto and is gearing up for a North American tour to support this release. *********************************************** "Your CD is wonderful. Congratulations! It is a great tool in our struggle to stop the current madness, and I salute you." -John Pilger, journalist ****************************************** NEWS: Artists Against War recently released a limited edition CD called "ONE BIG NO" to oppose the war on Iraq. It includes "When Will the Madness End? by Sara Marlowe. It also includes tracks by the Barenaked Ladies, Chris Brown & Kate Fenner, Emm Gryner, Ron Hawkins, Andy Stochansky, Evalyn Parry, Moxy Fruvous, Jian Gomeshi and more... Check it out at artistsagainstwar.ca "A World To Win: Songs from the Struggle for Global Justice" is the first release of political folk music from Toronto artist Sara Marlowe. On this inspiring first solo album you will be treated to a mix of musical styles spanning jazz, folk and alternative. Sara and her band are all accomplished artists who have shared the stage with performers such as Anne Feeney, David Rovics, Chris Brown, Evalyn Perry, Dope Poets Society, Ron Hawkins and Bruce Cockburn. "A World to Win" was selected as one of the Top 10 Releases of 2002 by 'HarrisRadio' in New York City. Sara is featured in the latest video by the Toronto Video Activist Collective about the anti-G8 protest in Calgary, Alberta. The CD has also been getting radio play in both Canada and the United States and hit #13 on the college charts. Sara's writing is edgy and insightful. On this album, she covers many current issues of global concern. Such tracks like This is What Democracy Looks Like about the April 2001 anti-FTAA protests in Quebec City or Blood on Your Hands dealing with sanctions and war on Iraq are passionate and meaningful examples of Sara's ability to converse with an audience. Sara Marlowe is a Toronto based singer/songwriter and political activist. She is the lead vocalist, guitar player and writer. Her musical pursuits have included performing in the Caribbean and Mediterranean, studying opera at the University of Toronto and jazz at Humber College, teaching music to youngsters, hosting open-mic nights and performing in political musical theater. She is currently working on material for her next album, to be recorded next summer. She is also integrally involved in building the anti-war movement on campus and in the community in Toronto. Sara plays both as a solo performer as well as with a full back-up band. The full band includes backing vocals, Djembe, bass, guitar, flute and congas. They play at various demonstrations, political events including the bioDiversity picnic with David Suzuki, International Women's Day and Dec. 6th, the ani-G8 protests in Alberta, and band venues around Southern Ontario. Michelle Denis, Djembe player and back-up vocalist, is involved in acting, music, theater, occasional radical cheerleading and political activism. Dan Holowachuk, conga and kit player, is a music graduate from the Mohawk College jazz program and has been playing for years both in Toronto and around the world. Brian Champ, bass player, has been a musician and songwriter, as well as political activist for many years. Deb Scanlon, flute player, is also an avid environmentalist. The band strives to create a reflective atmosphere while also playing tunes to invite people just to get up and dance.
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I play solo or with my backing band My favorite "gig" was, without a doubt, playing at the various demonstrations both before and after the US and Britain attacked Iraq.
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