Norine Braun

 
 

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 2018 Western Canadian Music Awards

 Spiritual Artist of the Year Nominee

Norine Braun - Gone To The Spirits

Become a Patron of the Arts and help me launch the upcoming new album, Through Train Windows with an advance pre-order!

My Through Train Windows recording is almost complete. The new album was inspired by the cross Canada tour Alice and I did as Artists on Board the Via Rail last fall. I wrote many of the songs last November and December while I was the Musician in Residence at Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity. The songs are based on traveling the beautiful, vast Canadian landscape, meeting the diversity of fellow sojourners and the rhythm of the train as it both soothes and inspires.The songs conjure up feelings of nostalgia and dreams exploring the nature and paradoxes of life.

The multi talented and Juno nominated Adam Popowitz is producing this album and also plays bass and lead guitar on the recordings. Adam produced Gone To The Spirits the album behind my nomination for this year's Western Canadian Music Awards. Drummer Elliot Polsky returns as master percussionist, bluesmeister Huggybear Leonard on blues harp and of course Queen of the Trills Alice Fraser on her elegant keys. I am thrilled to announce that saxophonist extraordinare Steve Hilliam who plays with such greats as Colin James and the R&B Allstars is gracing the album on 4 songs too! This new project is truly shaping up to be something so special, here is how you can support and be part of this exciting new work:  

 

Through Train Windows Digital Download at least 1 week before the official release $10

A copy of a signed Through Train Windows and the digital download at least 1 week before official release $25

Handwritten Lyric Sheet For A Song of your Choice from the new cd or past releases by Norine $40 The song of your choosing, written out by hand in a very special way just for you. Plus a signed CD and digital download of Through Train Windows of course.

  

The new cd and tee shirt $50

 

The SURPRISE PACK - A signed CD, tee shirt and surprise memorabilia $75 Own a piece of Norine Braun’s recording history! The treasure might be a copy of my very first release which was a cassette called Mystics and Fools, (hey cassettes are coming back!) or maybe you might get a signed original piano key from our vintage upright piano,(now a coffee table) it was a 1904 Canadian made Krydner. The piano was used in the recording of the song 99% featured on the last album Conventus The Eye of the heart and played by Alice Fraser on the recording. PS Alice will gladly sign the piano key too ☺ or you might get a collection of photo postcards, presskits etc.

 

You can own my complete collected works $90 The Norine Braun Complete Works, an 11 cd catalogue including the new signed album! $90

 

Your Name on the Album as Patron of the Arts! $100 You’ll be part of the new album…literally! With your name appearing in a special “thank you” section of the album’s liner notes. PLUS a signed CD, a tee shirt and an extra CD copy for your friend.

 

Song Commission $500 Talk to me about an idea, feeling, person or experience. I will write and record a song (vocals and guitar) inspired by you based on that intimate concept and conversation. Who knows it may even end up on the next album following Through Train Windows! Please know all rights are retained by the artist. 

 

 

Duo House Concert $1000 A party at your place with all your friends! Get ready for an acoustic evening of original music with Norine Braun and Alice Fraser on a mutually agreed date. Additional travel and accommodation fees may apply if located 200 km outside of Vancouver.

 

Full Band House Concert $2,500. We come to your place or venue to play for you and all your people on a mutually agreed date. Additional travel and accommodation fees may apply if located 200 km outside of Vancouver. Band members vary and subject to availability. 

Please know I deeply appreciate your support in this pre-order campaign and my music. You can order via paypal or credit card or contact me at norine(at)norinebraun.com for alternative ways of purchasing i.e. electronic transfer, cheque and snail mail or in person. All pre-orders are in Canadian funds and include shipping/postage. EXPECTED RELEASE IS LATE NOVEMBER.Thank you!!

 

Original Music Inspired By The Natural and Supernatural World

Gone To The Spirits "It’s her best album, incorporating rock, blues, latin, ambience and aboriginal song lore." Tom Harrison - The Vancouver Sun

Acclaimed Vancouver artist, Norine Braun releases her 10th album, Gone To The Spirits. The concept album was recorded and mixed with producer Adam Popowitz at Rear Window Song and Sound. The session players include: the Juno nominated Adam Popowitz on bass and lead guitar, Elliot Polsky on drums, Huggybear Leonard on blues harp, Alice Fraser on keys and accordion, Malcolm Aiken on trumpet and flugelhorn with Norine Braun on rhythm guitar, ukulele, Navajo flute and vocals.   

The concept album is birthed from the Ququnak Paǂkiy Song Collection that Braun wrote from a Canada Council For The Arts Award. The songs are based on the engaging and dramatic life story of a Two Spirit, Ktunaxa warrior woman, courier and guide, who lived in the early 19th century. Gone-To-The-Spirits was the gifted oracle and accomplished chief who appeared in the journals of trappers and explorers.

Braun’s irrepressible passion to create music with no imposed boundaries makes this work impossible to categorize. In the beginning, the haunting and ethereal Morning Prayer mesmerizes with ambient ascension toward the heavens. Throughout the album’s rich textures of world, pop, jazz and blues, the listener is transported among dreamy ice fields, rootsy coyote canyons, thunderous storms toward soulful victory and a sublime rock transformation. One enters a sonic journey in this album that soothes and excites, to another time where Gone To The Spirits story enfolds. 

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Cover artwork by Miriam Sweeney.

 

 

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Gone To The Spirits "exceeds expectations and is music for our Two-Spirit souls" Harlan Pruden Two Spirit Journal
"I appreciate the multifaceted “phantasmagoria” (a great word from this album’s “26 Horses”) from Norine Braun’s incredible new album “Gone To The Spirits.”  Big love goes out in this extraordinary mix of genre’s and that is Norine Braun's noteworthy trait of uniqueness, full of glorious surprises, which has made me a die-hard-fan. We enjoy her every album.  From ethereal sunshine and shadow dance, dreamy blues vibration to warrior beat rock, are just some of this chanteuse’s gifts.  More so, I am a fan because of Norine’s clean vocals, deep musical talent and meaningful poetry that is song, again apparent in this remarkable multi-level work." Teri CW  
Norine Braun: “Gone To The Spirits” speaks to the depth of the listener’s soul  
REVIEW by Rick Jamm Jamsphere.com 

Norine Braun is one of those category-defying singers. Her voice stands out whether it blues, ballads, rock, jazz or pop. But you can add just about anything to that list of music genres. Norine’s voice is the great centerpiece her brand new 10th album “Gone To The Spirits”. The purity of her singing just floats around you as she speaks to the depth of the listener’s soul, directly from hers. Personal reflection and musical talent guarantee the listener an incredible journey into Norine’s musical legacy. 

“Gone To The Spirits”, was produced by Juno nominated Adam Popowitz and is based on the Ququnak Paǂkiy Song Collection written by Braun. The songs are based on the engaging and dramatic life story of a two spirited Ktunaxa warrior woman, courier and guide, who lived in the early 19th century in southeastern BC Canada. Gone-To-The-Spirits was the gifted oracle and accomplished warrior who appeared in the journals of trappers and explorers and was noted as having transitioned gender and also became a chief.

One of the most startling things about Norine Braun is her immediacy. Everything about her work has tremendous spontaneity, as if she suddenly broke into song on a street corner and a few passing musicians and back-up singers decided to join in to deliver the most stunning narratives, arrangements and performances – there is no other quite like her that I can think of. Of course, Norine’s specialty is her remarkable ability to fuse whatever styles happens to catch her fancy and blend them into a seamless whole.

Melting pot songs like “Rock People (Yaqan Nukiy)”, “Sometimes The Rain Comes”, “Kocomenepeca” or “26 Horses” is merely the introduction to her remarkable skill at combining diverse musical ideas. One of the most startling examples of this is “Bird With A Song To Sing” in which she combines elements of World Music and jazz with a western folk flavor in a plaintive, powerful track with lyrics and vocals as brilliant as the music itself.

Gone-To-The-Spirits Blues” mixes blues with a honky-tonk spiritual edge and “Evening Song” mixes acoustic Americana with spiritual native music add a touch of alt-rock. It’s all amazing stuff, shifting smoothly from powerful passions and tragedy to introspective musings to up-beat, pure musical joy.

While it is almost impossible to pick one single cut from the recording as a favorite, the one that did capture my imagination more than others was “Transform (Take Me Away)”. A mid-tempo ballad that artfully mixes traces of percussive pop music and jangly guitars in a memorable reflection on life‘s end. The album “Gone To The Spirits” is as relevant as anything out today. If you like good music that stretches the boundaries of style, you’ll find it here – Strongly recommended.

 ALBUM CREDITS: “Gone To The Spirits” was recorded and mixed with producer Adam Popowitz at Rear Window Song and Sound. The session players include: the Juno nominated Adam Popowitz on bass and lead guitar, Elliot Polsky on drums, Huggybear Leonard on blues harp, Alice Fraser on keys and accordion, Malcolm Aiken on trumpet and flugelhorn with Norine Braun on rhythm guitar,ukulele, Navajo flute and vocals.

Norine Braun - Kind of Blues

“a bluesy artist with a siren’s voice. To say I could listen to Braun sing all day would be an understatement. There’s a kind of raw power to her soulful voice.” - Robert Ottone JustPressPlay Review

“Kind of Blues”  is a collection of blues influenced scintillating songs from her previous recordings. Braun is a Vancouver singer-songwriter renowned for writing wide ranging compositions in various genres from blues, roots, ambience, rock to jazz music in her impressive catalogue of 10 albums.

Cover artwork by Dylan Moore 

Lightning Strikes Twice Music Video from the album Conventus The Eye of the Heart

 

99% Music Video From Conventus The Eye of the Heart

 

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