ROAM

ROAM

 Toronto, Ontario, CAN
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ROAM is a collaborative female duo emerging from a 10 year musical relationship between Alex McMaster and Lisa Patterson. Melodic, poetic, global roots songwriting. Performed and charted internationally. New CD 03/09. Diverse DNA and living, traveling and collaborating in 4 continents. Bilingual.

Biography

“melodious, sensuous and philosophical”
DECCAN CHRONICLE, SOUTH INDIA

ROAM is a collaborative duo that has emerged from a ten-year musical relationship between Lisa Patterson (vocals, piano, alto sax) and Alex McMaster (vocals, cello, clarinet). Having performed mostly in larger groups, Lisa and Alex revel in the space for vocal and instrument resonance and dialogue, creating a raw and intimate sound.

ROAM’s songs are infused with their diverse heritages and life experiences in living, traveling and collaborating across four continents. Collectively and individually Alex and Lisa have performed on stages in Holland, France, Canada, India, U.S., Mexico, U.K., Dubai and Pakistan. They were featured artists in Canadian Music Week 2009 global roots showcase in support of Amnesty International.

"mysterious and interesting … a story behind every song”
ERIC VERMEULEN, MC-ENT, THE NETHERLANDS

ROAM's debut album Points of Departure (imaginit music /Phd Canada) released March 09, is a sensual and philosophical journey, telling musical stories of new beginnings, courage and surrender. It was recorded mostly live-off-the-floor to closely represent concert sound.

Alex and Lisa are active members of the Canadian music scene and have worked with many acclaimed artists including Lily Frost, Christine Fellows, Feist, Jane Siberry, Cassius Khan, Maryem Tollar, A Northern Chorus, Toronto Tabla Ensemble, Sarah Noni Metzner and Melissa Laveaux.

“straight from the heart … raw spirit yet highly refined, very creative and cool”
DONALD QUAN, AWARD-WINNING TV/FILM COMPOSER & MUSIDEUM FOUNDER

Alex McMaster is a classically trained cellist (University of Toronto) who was born in Malawi and raised in Zimbabwe, Canada, Bangladesh and the U.K. Living abroad has brought an international perspective to Alex’s artistic work. She currently performs with respected Canadian artists Christine Fellows, Lily Frost and Rob Szabo.

Lisa Patterson, familiar to Canadian and international audiences as a solo artist, originally hails from British Columbia where she studied classical piano and was influenced by the dancing and singing of her Romanian and Scottish family. She has commercially released 3 music videos and 2 solo albums. The sophomore disc, Roam, from which this duo takes its' name, was distributed in Canada (Festival Distribution) and Europe (Rough Trade Records) with Need Each Other, a single from that disc, remaining in the top 10 charts in Holland for 12 weeks.

Alex and Lisa are longtime friends who both participate in the well-being of community through arts based work with women's organisations, at-risk youth and coaching young musicians and songwriters.

Lyrics

Fragile Heart

Written By: Lisa Patterson / Alex McMaster

FRAGILE HEART (English below)

VERSE 1
Arret un moment
oh …
Couche a cote de moi
oh …
C’est vrai, quoi je m’en vais
oh …
Mais je reviendrai
oh …

CHORUS
I know your heart
your fragile heart
Give me your heart
Your fragile heart
Je t’en brasserie encore
A mon retour

VERSE 2
Donne-moi le main
Oh …
Jet e fais une promesse
Oh …
C’est toi pour toujours
Oh …
Oh mon amour, oh mon amour

CHORUS
I know your heart
your fragile heart
Give me your heart
Your fragile heart
Je t’en brasserie encore
A mon retour

ENGLISH TRANSLATION

VERSE 1
Wait a moment
Lie beside me
It’s true I am going
But I will return

CHORUS
I know your heart
your fragile heart
Give me your heart
Your fragile heart
I will hold you again
Upon my return

VERSE 2
Give me your hand
I make you a promise
It’s you, for always
Oh my love, oh my love

REPEAT CHORUS

Lyrics & music
Lisa Patterson & Alex McMaster
SOCAN

How Far

Written By: Lisa Patterson / Alex McMaster

SONG LYRICS – HOW FAR

Dedicated to Justine Bihamba, DRC human rights champion

VERSE 1
On a clear day
She sees blessings for miles
When it’s raining
She is shaking her fist at God
So much suffering
It’s a victory hard won …

CHORUS
Look how far she’s come
Look how far she’s come
Came so close to coming undone

VERSE 2
Yesterday
She was one voice alone
Now gathering
It’s a chorus in harmony
She’s a warrior
A path of peace begun …

CHORUS
Look how far she’s come
Look how far she’s come
Came so close to coming undone

BRIDGE
It takes, as along as it takes
It moves, slow as it moves
It hurts, as long as it hurts
It takes, as long as it takes
It’s been a long road, but …

CHORUS
Look how far she’s come
Look how far she’s come
Came so close to coming undone

Lyrics & music written by LP & AM // SOCAN 2008

20/20

Written By: Lisa Patterson / Alex McMaster

LYRICS: 20/20

I am not your enemy
We had an opportunity
Where did it get us?

Waiting for the bomb to drop
In fight or flight with shields up
Where did it get us?

So we draw the line in the sand
Go back to where it all began ...

If I’d known then
What I know now
If I’d known then
What I know now ...
But hindsight is 20/20

Juggle power negotiate
Bite my tongue assimilate
Where did it get me?

Who can judge, who can say?
We’re all guilty but no one’s to blame

If I’d known then
What I know now
If I’d known then
What I know now …
But hindsight is 20/20

Instrumental bridge

TAG:
It’s expensive to be afraid
Look at the price we paid

Don't Fall Asleep

Written By: Lisa Patterson / Alex McMaster

Don’t fall asleep

Row row
Row your boat
Down the stream
Row row
Row your boat
Life is but a dream

Sleepwalk
Through the rain
Eyes half open
Slumber
Wasted days
Forgetting to notice

Don’t fall asleep on me
Don’t fall asleep

Row row
Row your boat
Do your best
Row row
Row your boat
This is not a test

You can hide your head
In the sand
While lives lie bleeding
Or walk a mile
Take a stand
Effort has meaning

Don’t fall asleep on me
Don’t fall asleep
Don’t fall asleep on me
Don’t fall asleep

Holy Moment

Written By: Lisa Patterson / Alex McMaster

HOLY MOMENT

From one moment to the next
There's this space we resist
From hello to goodbye
another chance passes by

between the beginning and the end
Now, is all we have
and I want to have a ...

Holy moment
looking for that
Holy moment
with you

From the first word to the last
there's a window there's a gap
from where we're standing
there's no escape
Let's connect not separate

between the beginning and the end
Now, is all we have
and I want to have a ...

Holy moment
looking for that
Holy moment
with you

Discography

debut album: POINTS OF DEPARTURE
(imaginit music/Phd Canada)
released March 2009

COMMERCIAL RELEASE HISTORY
Lisa Patterson solo artist band featuring Alex McMaster:

1. SINGLE Silver Lining October 08 - play-listed regional and national radio charts in Holland

2. ALBUM 'Roam' LP solo sophomore album 05: Festival Distribution Canada / Rough Trade Records, Holland.
play-listed U.S. Community radio; extensive CBC radio & Canadian campus airplay.

CHARTING SINGLES in Holland:

Forward #5: play-listed regional & national commercial radio.

Need Each Other #2: play-listed regional & national, remaining Top Ten for 12 weeks.

Say Goodbye #9: play-listed regional & national

#3. ALBUM This is What It Sounds Like
LP debut solo album.
Extensive CBC radio & Canadian campus & community airplay

MUSIC VIDEOS = 3
'This Time'
'Ode To Aphrodite'
'Forward'
Top Ten Bravo! Television, Canada; high rotation
feature on SS Music, South India; medium rotation

Set List

sets are custom designed for each concert.
can be adjusted to any length or amount.
one X 1 hour or two X 45 minutes, etc
all original songs. a few covers if appropriate.

current cover song:
Life's What You Make It (Talk Talk). also track 8 on new album 'Points of Departure'.

other optional covers:
'Spiritual' - Sweet Honey In The Rock
'Rainy Night House' - Joni Mitchell
'Mad World' - Tears For Fears