Brandy Zdan, with her affinity for writing mature indie-rock and pop songs with hauntingly gorgeous melodies and edgy arrangements, brings her trio to the Summer Breeze stage on Sunday, June 26, 2016 at 7:30 pm. Bring seating and refreshments to enjoy a free evening of musical entertainment in Norman's Lions Park, Flood and Symmes.
Although emerging for the first time as a solo artist in 2013, Brandy Zdan is anything but a rookie. In 2003 Zdan co-founded Twilight Hotel with Dave Quanbury. Together they recorded 2 JUNO nominated albums (Canada's Grammy equivalent) forging a sound that critics likened to "old leather, worn and soft" and earning them the handle "rulers of their own genre."
In 2011, Zdan was recruited as a formidable multi-instramentalist side woman by Austin-based female super-group The Trishas for her six string, lap steel, and accordion skills. Zdan played with the Trishas at Summer Breeze in 2012. Her solo work in Texas (she was hailed as a “one woman tour de force” for her Lone Hunter EP) as well as her side work with The Trishas, garnered her a 2014 Lone Star Music award.
But the native Canadian, now living in Nashville, considers all the above merely a prelude to her November 2015 released “debut” album, aptly titled Brandy Zdan. “All of that stuff led me to know exactly what I want,” explains Zdan. She calls the results the most focused expression of her musical identity to date. “It’s just completely me. I’ve been shaping this vision of my own personal musical statement now for years, and I think what makes this my real debut is just the fact that I was able to completely fulfill that vision. For me, that’s the greatest success that you can hope for when you make a record.”
"This is very much an indie-rock and pop record,” says Zdan, readily admitting that it’s a far ways from her more traditional Americana roots. Ribboned with wide swaths of warm guitar and chilly blue atmosphere, the album buzzes with static overdrive and a bracingly raw emotional honesty. The eleven originals on the album showcase her strong vocals and guitar, steel and keyboard playing and fit together seamlessly to form a self portrait of an artist in full, confident flight.
For additional inofrmation about this and other programs at The Depot phone 307-9320.
Summer Breeze Concerts are made possible, in part, by grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council and the Norman Arts Council, from Sponsors Skye Diers, Gingerbread Nursery School and Republic Bank and Trust; from Contributors Tom McAuliffe, Don Cies Real Estate; Dentists Jamie Belknap, Donna Sparks and Kristen Campbell at Norman Smile Center; Andi Berry, Wyoming Art Therapy; Backwoods; Edward Jones; 2 Green Chicks; The Mont; Montford Inn; and from Friend Nancy McClellan and Neighbor Bob Schlegel. Major in-kind support comes from Norman Parks and Recreation Department.
The beautifully realistic paintings of long time Norman artist Mitsuno Reedy will be featured in The Depot Gallery from May 9 through June 30. An opening reception for Reedy's “Dances With Brushes” exhibit will held on May 13 from 6 to 9 pm as a part of 2nd Friday Art Walk. A second reception will be held on June 10. An artist talk/demonstration will be offered on June 5 beginning at 2:00 pm, and a “Painting the Portrait” workshop is offered on June 8 and 9 from 9:30 to 4:30.
A native of Osaka, Japan, Mitsuno Ishii Reedy began her career in mid-1970's painting portraits, still lifes, and landscapes for collectors throughout the United States. After attending OU in the 60's, she moved back to Norman in 1979 and has maintained her residence here ever since. Mitsuno recently returned from four years of intensive study at Studio Incamminati. Most of the works in “Dances With Brushes” were painted there. Previously known for her pastels, she is now primarily painting in oils.
“In 2006, the University of Oklahoma had an exhibition of Nelson Shanks, the world renown contemporary realist artist from Philadelphia, PA. I went to see it and met him in person.” Reedy says. “His art captivated me for his excellence beyond my imagination.” She wanted to study with him. “Finally in August 2011, the chance came and I enrolled in a 2-week advanced portrait/figure workshop at Studio Incamminati, an atelier type school which Nelson Shanks and his wife Leona had established in 2002. I knew from day one that this was where I wanted to study. It was a quick decision, and I returned to Norman just long enough to pack my things, turn around and drive to Philadelphia to start the first day of fall semester.
“Now that I received the diploma of 4 years study at Studio Incamminati, where I had the privilege of sitting at Nelson’s feet watching him paint first hand in his century-old studio in Andalusia, soaking up the culture of music, dance, and history that I had not been exposed to before. The study was so intense at school that I had to rewind the last 9 months [since coming home] and slowly reflect upon what I had learned from these 4 years.”
Mitsuno had previously studied with notable pastel artists Albert Handell and Daniel Greene, and oil painters John Howard Sanden and David Leffel. She was elected a full member of Pastel Society of America in 1978, an associate member of the Pastel Society of Japan (Gendai Pastel Kyokai) in 2001, has been listed in Who's Who in the South and Southwest and Who's Who in American Art.
When asked what she is trying to achieve as an artist, Mitsuno responded that she paints “...not for the purpose of winning a prestigious award in competitions, or become rich and famous, but to use my God-given gifts and acquired skills to touch the hearts of the people with my art, especially with portrait painting, and share the experience with others who are learning to paint as well.”
Depot Gallery hours are 9 am to 2 pm Monday through Friday and by appointment. There is no admission charge.
For additional information about Mitsuno Reedy, visit www.mitsunoreedy.com.
For additional information about this or other programs at The Depot, phone 405-307-9320. Programs at The Depot are made possible in part, by grants from the Norman Arts Council, the Oklahoma Arts Council, and generous individual donors.
The Depot is proud to announce the musical lineup for the 2016 Summer Breeze Concert Series. The eight free family-friendly Sunday evening concerts, taking place in Lions Park at the corner of Flood and Symmes in Norman, are all scheduled to begin at 7:30 pm. Bring seating, your favorite refreshments (no vendors are allowed) and enjoy these relaxed “easy-breezy” musical evenings in the park.
May 22, The Dusty 45s
The Dusty 45s deliver their rockin', high energy music at full throttle, keeping fans on their feet and begging for more. The group melds styles ranging from country twang to jump blues and surf to R & B, even adding Dixieland and jazz elements. Infused by a passion for American roots music in all its varied forms, The Dusty 45s blur the line between genres to create a sizzling sound that is entirely fresh and uniquely their own.
June 5, Orquesta D'Calle
Orquesta D'Calle will have you on your feet dancing to their high energy Latin music.
June 19, WE DREAM DAWN
WE DREAM DAWN began as an Elephant Revival side project and quickly grew from its small-town Midwestern/Rocky Mountain roots and blossomed into a unique, earthy blend of dreamy electric folk music. Hailing from rural Oklahoma and Kansas the band — Sage Cook (guitar and vocals), Aera Fox (bass) and Weston Hill (drums) — is busy representing rural America in a whole new light. After leaving Elephant Revival, Sage has taken to not just growing his own food but his own new sound, one definitely worth checking out.
June 26, Brandy Zdan
Although Brandy Zdan calls her new, self-titled album her full-length “debut,” there’s no mistaking this seasoned singer-songwriter for any kind of rookie. For the better part of the last decade, the native Canadian — now living in Nashville, TN— has garnered acclaim as half of the gothic folk/roots duo Twilight Hotel, with two albums, 2008’s Highway Prayer and 2011’s When the Wolves Go Blind, nominated for prestigious Juno Awards (Canada’s Grammy), as a formidable multi-instrumentalist (touring and recording with the Americana all-girl band the Trishas), and even as a solo artist (with LoneStarMusic hailing her 2013 Lone Hunter EP as “a one-woman tour de force.”) But according to the artist herself, all of that was merely a prelude to the aptly-titled Brandy Zdan, the most focused expression of her musical identity to date.
July 10, Kyle Reid and the Low Swingin' Chariots
Kyle Reid leads the Low Swinging Chariots, in a joyful revelry of original swing tunes that draw from New Orleans, Gypsy Jazz, and Western Swing traditions. Reid’s original tunes sound at once familiar yet new and exciting, blending elements of these classic American forms with contemporary attitude. The low sonorous quality of Reid’s voice is well balanced by the hot accents of the rhythm section and the sweet melodies of the brass section.
July 24, Brave Combo
Trying to describe Brave Combo’s music requires a pretty extensive vocabulary – at least when it comes to musical styles. For the past three decades the Denton, Texas based quintet has perfected a world music mix that includes salsa, meringue, rock, cumbia, conjunto, polka, zydeco, classical, cha cha, the blues and more. They are America’s Premier Dance band and a rollicking, rocking, rhythmic global journey — offering what one critic recently wrote, “Even if you come for the party, you’ll leave with something of a musical education.”
Aug. 7, Hosty Duo
The Hosty Duo are Mike Hosty, an outstanding guitarist and songwriter, and Michael Byars, a world-class drummer. Their setup is simple, but their individual talents make this two-piece band sound twice its size. Hosty simultaneously tears through gritty slide leads, blows harmonica and or Kazoo and uses foot pedals to stomp bass lines. And “Tic Tac” Byars puts it all in a rock-solid groove. Their superb style of bluesy roots rock combines with imaginative songs about nights spent in jail or dinosaurs or affairs of the heart to make one of the most entertaining shows anyone could hope to see.
Aug. 21, The Mulligan Brothers
The Mulligan Brothers met playing in bars in Mobile, Alabama and their name means second chances. Their second album, Via Portland, is being played on radio stations across the country and The Mulligan Brothers are listed in the Alternate Root Magazine's Top 50 of 2015--So Far. The music is still a blend of alt-country, blues, and folk that sounds like the Lumineers with a hot fiddle and the song writing of Townes Van Zandt, but Via Portland is a smoother album with more harmony and background vocals and dynamics in the instrumentation.
Summer Breeze Concerts are made possible, in part, by grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council and the Norman Arts Council, from Sponsors Skye Diers, Gingerbread Nursery School and Republic Bank and Trust; from Contributors Tom McAuliffe, Don Cies Real Estate; Dentists Jamie Belknap, Donna Sparks and Kristen Campbell at Norman Smile Center; Andi Berry, Wyoming Art Therapy; Backwoods; Edward Jones; 2 Green Chicks; The Mont; Montford Inn; and from Friends Nancy McClellan, Sooner Carpet Cleaning & Restoration, and Neighbors Bob Schlegel and Becca Hewes of Yogalife. Major in-kind support comes from Norman Parks and Recreation Department.