Presented by The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture
Friday, March 22, 2019 @ 8PM
The New York Times, describes Becca Stevens as “a best-kept secret” and “impressively absorbing.” Her style has always evaded categorization. You’ll hear pop, rock, R&B and funk side-by-side with traditional Appalachian and British folk, classical, world music, and jazz. Intricate instrumentation and rhythms seamlessly intertwine with vocals and melodies that work their way into your brain. Stevens has been compared to Bjork, St Vincent, Tori Amos, and Joni Mitchell and is certainly making her mark on the international music scene in a big way, establishing herself as a long term and important artist for the future.
“This intimate concert will be a balance of my old and new material, interspersed with stories about the characters in the songs, and insight into my process,” said Stevens. “I’m at the beginning of a creative period, writing for a new record, and stretching out a lot artistically. I’ve never been more excited to write music, and to share what’s been coming. My muse lately has been urging me to loosen my grip on the process and embrace whatever comes. Following joy and movement and lightheartedness has been bringing those same aspects into my heart and my life. I hope it brings the same to others.”
Becca Stevens’s last CD, Regina, was a journey that began with a study of Queen Elizabeth I as inspiration for a commission to write a concert of new music. This source material expanded into tributes to various queens from history, literature, folklore, and her own imagination, songs inspired by the regal and divine, and finally Regina as a voice, like a trusted friend or an alter ego. Stevens’s latest concert at The Sheen Center, after more than a year away from New York City, finds her cooking up some new magic that will find its way onto the Loreto stage.