Silence Presents: Citizen Jane
November 16th, 2018
Doors at 7:30pm
Concert at 8:00pm
Tickets are $15 dollars at the door
CITIZEN JANE is a Toronto-based folk-pop duo that evocatively weaves powerful vocal harmonies with innovative string textures to create an emotionally charged soundscape. Hailed a “delight” by Folk Radio UK, Reenie and Lea spark a uniquely intimate connection with all audiences.
Their debut album, “In the Storm”, is a reflection on the value of human connection, touching on themes of war (internal & literal), displacement/isolation, self-doubt.. and an urge to embrace differences, unite, and act with love to make the world a little brighter. From sweet, hopeful viola & guitar melodies, to darker mandolin & cello musings, each song takes on a new character in their sonic journey.
Though primarily a song-driven project, CJ is delving into the fiddle world with a couple of instrumental tunes as well. Brought to life by mixing engineers Adrian Dolan (The Bills, The Wailin’ Jennys) and Jon Kaspy (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.
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 and Teresa Doyle.
The duo is passionate about building community & education, and frequently offers workshops at schools, camps, and festivals.