July 20, 2017
set to release new CD "Storm", play Tractorgrease July 27
Rennie (l) and Lea will be at Tractorgrease Cafe
Jane is a Toronto-based “heartbreak chamber-folk” duo, whose songs tell
poetic stories through interweaving vocals and stringed instruments.
Citizen Jane at The Tractorgrease Cafe
Tickets available at 604-858-3814 or avia e-mail
upcoming debut full-length album "The Storm" in Sept 2017 is a reflection on
the emotional side of our world’s political climate. A little darker, but
full of hope, it touches on themes of war (internal & literal),
displacement/isolation, self-doubt.. and pushes to embrace differences,
unite, and act with love to make the world a little brighter.
The duo has branched out from their original guitar-viola/fiddle
instrumentation, adding mandolin and cello to this soundscape. Though
primarily a song-driven project, CJ is delving into the fiddle world with a
couple of instrumental tunes as well. The album will be brought to life by
mixing engineers Adrian Dolan ( The Bills, The Wailin’ Jennys ) and Jon
Kaspy ( Thanya Iyer, Emily Rockarts ).
The duo consists of married couple Reenie Perkovic (vocals, guitar,
mandolin) and Lea Kirstein ( viola, fiddle, cello, vocals ), who met while
studying classical music on the west coast of Canada. The ladies have since
made a home in Toronto’s vibrant music scene, as well as doing multiple
cross-Canada tours. CJ’s intricate arrangements and down-to-earth stage
presence evoke a unique connection with their audiences, whatever the venue
( a house concert, a church, a hall, or a festival ).
"I loved the show and was truly blown away with their musical magic. It
was wonderful, fresh and intricately coloured by beautiful vocals, harmonies
and rhythms. Their groove with its plethora of inspired percussive effects,
nuanced harmonics and melodic counter point created an intoxicating
experience for the senses"
~ Tom V.,
House Concert, Victoria BC
About Citizen Jane
Reenie grew up in the Toronto area, after her family escaped the civil war
in her birthplace, Sarajevo, Bosnia. She then moved out west to study
percussion and composition at UVic, where she wrote contemporary classical
works that were read by the Victoria Symphony, and ECM+. While studying, she
continued to play guitar and lead pop bands, booking small tours and playing
festivals. Reenie was a semi-finalist in the 2016 UK Songwriting Contest,
and has released 3 solo albums. She has opened for Juno-nominated Alysha
Brilla, and Annabelle Chvostek (Wailin’ Jennys).
Lea is an acclaimed violist and fiddler, who grew up in Victoria, BC, where
she studied viola and music education at UVic. Classical musician by day and
fiddler by night, Lea discovered new ways of melding the two styles into
one. Her passion for these genres took her across Canada & the U.S. with the
Folk Arts Quartet. She has recorded with Juno-nominated artists Oliver
Schroer & Teresa Doyle.
The duo is passionate about building community & education, and frequently
offers workshops at schools, camps, and festivals.
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