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Exquisite Folk songwriter and adventurous conceptual composer team up Feb. 10

February 10, 2022

If I had to pick one quality that exquisite guitarist and Folk songwriter Noah Zacharin and innovative Pop Roots composer and conceptualist Arlene Bishop have in common (aside from a ton of talent) I’d say it’s a touch of quirkiness. You can see if you agree tonight when they share a 7-10 double-bill at TO’s C’est What, 67 Front St. E.

Zacharin has a dryly subtle yet wicked sense of humour that can surprise you and even throw you off, and sometimes you can hear it in both the intricately playful guitar whimsies he concocts as well as in his song lyrics.

Bishop, whose tunes have found their way into movies and who loves teaming up with other artists she respects to mash up her own compositions, brings an unusual sensibility to the concept of being a “solo” artist. Her latest album, the insanely-titled but fascinatingly listenable ‘twentyfour is twelve twice or twenty four for short’ demonstrates this dramatically. It gives us a dozen of her original tunes presented once with her performing solo on guitar and voice, and then again as interpreted, remixed and re-recorded by another of 12 other participants, each working with either the guitar or vocal track from the original, making for a total of 24 tracks! C’est Again?

Pic: Arlene Bishop -pr shot