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Lisa Bozikovic – Review

29 September 2012 No Comment

I am much more accustomed to a sweaty dance floor at The Biltmore with people hoping and bouncing and rocking their heads with the band. But it was easy to fall into the candle lit vibrations as the sounds of the violin moved through the booths, chairs and bar stools.

It was a quiet Tuesday evening when I got to the Biltmore, they say it’s hard to get Vancouverites out to a show because we live in such a sleepy oasis. Tuesday night was proof of this.

Tumble weeds and crickets met me at The Biltmore Cabaret which was set up like an actual cabaret with chairs and table lit candles placed neatly all aglow around the stage. Seeing chairs on the dance floor is always a pretty good indication that it’s going to be a mellow evening.

As people finally started to filter in I began to feel more confident that the performer I was there to see, Lisa Bozikovic wouldn’t have to perform into the echoing cavern that can be a Vancouver show on a Tuesday night.

Lisa was there to kick off her tour in support of her new album “This Is How We Swim,” which is the follow up to her critically acclaimed debut album, “Lost August.” As the show began I settled into a chair to catch the sweet orchestrations. Lisa performed with some guests including Kite Hill also known as Ryan Carley from Toronto’s “Obijou” who was on keys. I am much more accustomed to a sweaty dance floor at The Biltmore with people hoping and bouncing and rocking their heads at the band. But it was easy to fall into the candle lit vibrations as the sounds of the violin moved through the booths, chairs and bar stools.

Lisa has a warm voice with hints of loneliness, her tones are very emotive and she can leave a soft note hanging powerfully in the air. I really enjoyed her performance and I appreciate the artistry of it. Kite Hill’s keyboards combined with the stand-up bass and cello made me feel like I should be experiencing the show at a much classier joint than The Biltmore. No offence to the stuffed deer head on the wall, but I have a good feeling that Lisa will be moving on to much greater and bigger things as she progresses beyond her sophomore album.

 

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