Having garnered critical acclaim and significant radio play, including hitting No 1 in Canada, with her sophomore release of Nine Pin, Kaia will be taking her music on the road to the eastern United States, including stops in Nashville, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, New York City and Boston. Upcoming performance highlights include an appearance on Live From Mountain Stage, with Billy Bragg and Joe Henry, and a show at AmericanaFest.
Kaia’s momentum carries across the Atlantic as Proper Music releases Nine Pin in the United Kingdom and Europe on September 2, in anticipation of two UK tours coming up in 2017, taking place in March (with Kris Drever of LAU) and May (with Tim O’Brien).
US TOUR DATES
Monday Sept 19 Woodsongs Radio Lexington, KY
Thursday Sept 22 AmericanaFest - The Basement Nashville, TN
Sunday Sept 25 Live From Mountain Stage Pittsburgh, PA
Friday Sept 30 Wide Open Bluegrass Festival Raleigh, NC
Sunday Oct 2 The Purple Fiddle Thomas, WV
Tuesday Oct 4 Philadelphia Folk Song Society Philadelphia, PA
Weds Oct 5 The Jalopy Brooklyn, NY
Thursday Oct 6 Rockwood Music Hall New York, NY
Friday Oct 7 The Linda Albany, NY
Saturday Oct 8 Club Passim (opening for Vance Gilbert) Boston, NY
Sunday Oct 9 Dewey Hall Sheffield, MA
Monday Oct 10 Club Passim (solo) Boston, NY
ABOUT KAIA KATER
Few are more conscious in their journey through Appalachian histories and the Canadian musical landscape than Kaia. Born in Montreal, Kaia has lived Winnipeg, Wakefield and West Virginia; she now resides in Toronto. Her old-time banjo-picking skills, deft arrangements, and songwriting abilities have landed her in the spotlight in North America, Europe and the UK, garnering critical acclaim from outlets such as Rolling Stone, NPR and No Depression. Often praised for her capacity to sound new and old at once, Kaia anchors her music the space where tradition and innovation intersect.
ABOUT NINE PIN
The new album from young African-Canadian roots phenom Kaia Kater couldn’t come at a better time. As a new generation takes the reins, American roots music is needed more than ever to remind us of the troubled pathways of our own history. Born of African-Caribbean descent in Québec, Kaia Kater grew up between two worlds: one her family’s deep ties to Canadian folk music in her Canadian home; the other the years she spent learning and studying Appalachian music in West Virginia. Her acclaimed debut album Sorrow Bound (May 2015) touched on this divide, but her new album, Nine Pin (May 2016), delves even further, and casts an unflinching eye at the realities faced by people of colour in North America every day. Her songs on the new album are fueled by her rich low tenor vocals, jazz-influenced instrumentation, and beautifully understated banjo, and they’ve got as much in common with Kendrick Lamar right now as they do with Pete Seeger.
Recorded in just one day in Toronto, Nine Pin was produced by both Kater and acclaimed Canadian artist Chris Bartos (The Barr Brothers, Jonathan Byrd), who also produced her last album, Sorrow Bound Few artists could pull off such a polished, cohesive album in one day, but Kater felt that this actually lent focus to the project. As a concept album, Nine Pin weaves between hard-hitting songs that touch on modern issues like the Black Lives Matter movement (“Rising Down,” “Paradise Fell”) and more personal narratives speaking to life and love in the digital age (“Saint Elizabeth”). And while these larger stories are deftly crafted, this is really an album of moments. Kater’s a cappella voice speaking to the loneliness of a city in “Harlem’s Little Blackbird” while solo dance steps echo in the background, the muted hesitancy of Caleb Hamilton’s trumpet breaking the trance of “Little Pink,” the smoke of electric guitar that cuts through “Saint Elizabeth,” the wave-like ebb and flow of piano behind the plaintive love poem “Viper’s Nest…” All of these moments point to an artist wise beyond her years.
United States - Kingswood Records
This project is funded in part by FACTOR, the Government of Canada and Canada’s private radio broadcasters. Ce projet est financé en partie par FACTOR, le gouvernement du Canada et les radiodiffuseurs privés du Canada.
We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country. Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.