Kira Fontana
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Kira Fontana

Los Angeles, California, United States | SELF

Los Angeles, California, United States | SELF
Band Alternative Rock


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"Kira Fontana Review"

Beautiful... I found myself holding my breath to listen. Thank you. - Peter Clitheroe, Suffolk 'n' Cool

"CD Review: Kira Fontana - The Inner Revolution"

Kira Fontana journeyed from her San Francisco Bay roots to the Eastman School of Music and later Yale graduate school to perfect the art of composition. Somewhere along that path she realized that the essence and being of composition is not in the structures and rules of composition but within the heart of the composer. 'The Inner Revolution' is Fontana's debut album, and it places her firmly in the same ballpark as composers such as Tori Amos, Sinead O'Connor and Kate Bush.

The Inner Revolution works because the songwriter is looking into her own eyes as she speaks, and telling tales from the only place that truth resides. Home gives the impression of time slipping around the listener, like a remembrance that is part yesterday and part today. Bloom is a disturbingly beautiful ballad that sounds a little bit like Evanescence without the heavy guitars. The aforementioned Still is the most straightforward ballad on the album, with a quiet beauty that accentuates Fontana's sensuous alto.

Always is a nearly nine minute musical exploration of Fontana's compositional creativity. This is jam music for the classically inclined and is really quite brilliant. Love is a classic pop/rock ballad. Kira Fontana has a breezy voice here that is hopeful and vulnerable all at once. The album closes with Spark The Fire, a plaintive acoustic guitar ballad that is initially reminiscent of Sarah McLachlan but later devolves into effects-laden exploration.

The Inner Revolution is an extremely intriguing album. Fontana is an artist in the truest sense of the word... being true to herself as a musician rather than writing for pop glory. The Inner Revolution is an excellent introduction to Kira Fontana, from whom I have no doubt there will be much more to hear in the future. - Wildy's World

"Initial Impressions: Kira Fontana"

A hauntingly stunning voice... I was awed by this young woman's abilities.
- Social Circle


Seek the Light EP - 2010
- Recorded & Mixed by Grammy-award winner Ryan Freeland
- Mastered by Stephen Marcussen

The Inner Revolution - 2007
- Mixed by Howard Bilerman
- Mastered by Howie Weinberg



Kira Fontana is a singer and composer whose classically tinged epic rock straddles the boundaries between piano driven alternative music and an almost orchestral music closer to minimalists Steve Reich and Philip Glass. Her upcoming EP, Seek the Light, recorded and mixed by Grammy-award winner Ryan Freeland, will be available in 2010. The Inner Revolution, Fontana's official 2007 debut album mixed by Howard Bilerman (Arcade Fire, British Seapower) and mastered by Howie Weinberg (Smashing Pumpkins, Jeff Buckley) has been played in Australia, Canada, England, Finland, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Israel, Spain and across the US.


On her debut album, The Inner Revolution, songstress Kira Fontana triumphs in embracing an emotional rawness without fear, while also exploring a soul-searching mysticism that's undaunted in recognizing life's ever-changing moves. Like Sinead O'Connor and Tori Amos before her, the San Francisco Bay Area-born artist approaches such a task with unshakable power. Welcome to The Inner Revolution.

"For me, [The Inner Revolution] is about coming full circle, back to the truth of who you are", Fontana says. "It's about really trusting that inner core above anything outside."

For Fontana, finding that place where your creative desires become a tangible realization began as early as five-years-old, when she started playing the piano by ear. Before she reached her teens, she was writing pop songs and classical piano instrumentals. She soon developed an insatiable appetite for all kinds of music, everything from alternative rock to Javanese gamelan, and explored the works of chamber music enthusiast Igor Stravinsky, and minimalist composers Steve Reich and Arvo Pärt.

"When I first heard Reich's "Music for 18 Musicians", I was completely blown away," Fontana says. "It was really a life changing moment, and it was then that I knew I would be a composer."

An anomaly among alt-rock musicians, Fontana studied classical composition with three Pulitzer prize winning composers before returning to her childhood love of songwriting. Her musical ventures took her to one of the top conservatories in the United States, the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, a period Fontana reflects upon as extremely progressive in mastering her craft as a composer. While there, Fontana's music attracted attention with its strong ties to the pop and minimalist idioms, winning composition awards and drawing the praise of two of America's greatest composers, Steve Reich and John Adams.

After four years of instruction in writing classical instrumental music, Fontana entered Yale for graduate studies as the top composition candidate that year, but soon began to feel that something was missing in her creative life. With stints writing and recording in New Haven, Brooklyn, and Montreal, she finessed her way back to songwriting by composing her first songs since age 13, beginning with a soothing, piano-driven ballad entitled "Still." It was the spiritual refresher she was craving. It's here that Fontana finds her artistic solace as she sings, "I'll come in rogue waves / in deepest silence / all I've ever wanted is to break upon your shore / I'm getting closer / closer to where you are."

Fontana, who composed, arranged and produced The Inner Revolution, concisely molds an emotional catharsis with a natural blend of classical tinges and alt-rock leanings. From the haunting guitar riffs and layered strings of "Bloom" and the acoustic soundscapes of "Spark the Fire" to the slow-burning cadence of the near-nine minute epic "Always," Fontana brings both creative and spiritual forces together. It's with an easy spirit that The Inner Revolution defines an authentically expressive, minimalist pop-rock sound that's been simmering beneath mainstream rock's genre-blending stratum; the seven-song set is atmospheric, hypnotic and absolutely stunning.

Engineer Howie Weinberg (Smashing Pumpkins, Modest Mouse) mastered The Inner Revolution, while Howard Bilerman (The Arcade Fire, Godspeed You Black Emperor!) mixed the collection. Fontana issued the LP on her own Spark the Fire Records.

Fontana's music is currently being played on podcasts and online radio stations in Australia, Canada, England, Finland, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Israel, Spain and across the US. Shows in New York and California are slated for 2010. The music video for "Bloom" from Brazilian director Andreia Vigo is available via YouTube.

Bio by MacKenzie Wilson