Anna Fritz is a cello-wielding activist folksinger based in Portland, Oregon. She creates a musical alchemy of cello and voice, strumming the cello like a guitar and playing beautiful melodies with the bow as she sings. Her songs boldly dig into themes of colonization, climate change, racial justice, gender, spirituality, and connection to the natural world.
Like the great folksingers of previous generations, Anna is a catalyst for people to sing together. Her songs are infectious and easy to learn, imbued with a sense of timelessness as if they’ve been sung for generations. Her disarming, gentle nature and powerful presence gets unlikely crowds of people singing together from town halls to night clubs. A founding member of Portland Cello Project, Anna has released three albums of original songs and can also be heard on albums from My Morning Jacket, Band of Horses, The Decemberists, case/lang/veirs, and First Aid Kit. Her most recent project as composer and cellist for a modern retelling of The Iliad toured prisons, shelters, schools, and theaters across Oregon.
David plays music to keep himself company. He digs records that sound like they were recorded in bedrooms and basements, and is inspired by the raw intimacy and honesty of Paul Simon, Elliot Smith, Blaze Foley and Gillian Welch. His songs are about healing, living in your car, longing to be found, gratitude, riding subways, finding silence, and stumbling along your path.
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