Music always played a big role in Andrea Superstein’s life, but it wasn’t until she moved to Vancouver that she jumped fully into a career in the arts.
Having grown up in Montreal, Superstein says that she was always exposed to arts and culture.
“I kind of discovered my voice when I was young…being in Montreal which is so culturally rich. All the different kinds of music and the quality of music certainly influenced me,” Superstein said.
Superstein will release her second album later this month on Nov. 13. What Goes On is a collaboration with Juno Award-winning producer Les Cooper and involves some interesting takes on jazz standards as well as Superstein’s own originals.
Superstein plays what she calls a quirky brand of jazz which includes elements of “trip hop,” an experimental electronic genre that emerged out of London in the 1990s.
“I listened to it a lot around that time. I never really considered myself as an urban artist but those ideas just sort of came out in the sessions when we were working on this record…it wasn’t intentional it just sort of happened organically,” she said.
As for her music’s quirkiness, Superstein believes it isn’t necessarily obvious, but that it’s a subtle theme that runs through a lot of her tunes.
“I think it’s also very similar to my personality. I think that’s what I like about the record a lot. I think it’s really reflective of who I am without trying too hard.”
Before launching her music career, Superstein worked in international development, giving her an opportunity to travel extensively. Lately, her vast experience overseas has started to show itself in her music as she already begins to write new material for her next album.
“I think that maybe has something to do with recently becoming a parent and my perspective on life has changed a little bit,” she said.
“A lot of the experiences I’ve had abroad are sort of now resurfacing.”
Superstein will be entertaining an audience at Dave and Ruth Ratzlaff’s residence on Nov. 15. While she doesn’t perform a lot of house concerts, Superstein says she relishes the opportunity to play at smaller, more intimate venues.
“For me, a huge part of performing is being able to have a really deep rapport with the audience…it’s really important to connect with people,” Superstein said.
“It’s like a cool reciprocal relationship. I feed off the audience’s energy as well.”
Superstein will be joined by Mary Ancheta on piano, Niko Friesen on drums and Rene Worst on bass.
Tickets are by donation ($25 suggestion) and reservations can be made by calling Jeff Moss or Polly Wilson at 250-348-2229.