Zara

Zara

BandFolkRock

Zara creates music in the same intuitive realm as such alternative artists as Beck and Cat Power. Smart writing, folk sensibilities and eclectic instrumental offerings deliver an intimate, fearless performance.

Biography

Born in London, England and raised in the Cayman
Islands until the tender age of five, Zara spent most of her childhood in Oakville, Ontario before moving to Montreal.

Her first studio-recorded EP, "Reasons For Seasons", has been a long time in the making, but her devoted fanbase in Southern Ontario and Montreal have been lauding her bootlegs and home-recorded demos for over three years. Her songs are acoustic folk-rock by skeleton and flavoured with offerings of harmonium, synthesisers, cello and piano. Gifted with an eye for nuance and a knack for storytelling, Zara's, "Reasons For Seasons" delivers a narrative simple yet rich. The four song EP allows the listener to witness a fiercely intimate journey through/against the bittersweet powers of winter, arriving at a place of understanding and hope. Spring is on the way.

Heralding from the hidden-gem of Oakville's
folk/rock community, Zara is a popular and experienced performer. She was the winner of
Oakville's Battle of the Bands in August 2006, despite being a solo act. The prize of that competition, sponsored by Zara's home bars, The Pic-a-Deli and The Moonshine Cafe, was free recording time at Fatlabs Studio in Mississauga. The sessions brought Zara and producer Vikas Kohli together in a match made of DIY
ethic and an experimental folk-rock vision.

A staple performer/self-appointed MC, (hammy jokes included) at the Metro Lounge (Montreal) open mic' every Wednesday night, Zara has proved to be a reliable crowd-rouser with young and old.

She has opened for such diverse Toronto artists over the years as The Mark Inside, Vivek Shraya, as well as Latin guitarist phenomenon Johannes Linstead, and is pleased to be sharing the stage with guests Amanda Rheaume and David Ace Dean for the Reasons For Seasons release shows in February.

Lyrics

Bone

Written By: Zara A.

I've hidden it up my sleeve
Mary Poppins -like for centuries
Jesus knew me personally
And I tried to tell him, look out for your own

Do you see me on the street
Like I see you on the street?
Do you see me on the street
Like I see you on the street?

I know I know I know
it's crazy
But I know I know I know
You love me

When you came back you brought spring
Grabbing attention and seeking
To erase the years you lost in war
With your Persian neighbours
And I believed you, that this was the end
Of all that fighting
And now we could live like we were love
Not to be in, but to be of

Do you see me on the street
Like I see you on the street? (x2)

I know I know I know
it's crazy
But I know I know I know
You love me

I never wanted to tell lies
But your smiles undid my ties
Broke the perfect bones of my stays
Length-wise
I've hidden all the pieces underneath my skirt
Hoping you will remove your gloves
And prick your fingers up against my edge

Do you see me on the street
Like I see you on the street? (x2)

Load your guns
And point them at someone
who might or might not look like me
who might or might not look like me

I know I know I know
it's crazy
But I know I know I know
somehow, you still love me.

Spiders

Written By: Zara A.

This house with spiders on the walls
Feigns change as though things might have moved
With the seasons, but nothing moves
Not even the spiders
They watch, barely twitching
While I break glass and shatter reverie

If you were here
well they would lurch
to spin webs and catch you
like I wish I could
but I am not a spider yet.

I tell time by kettle whistles and microwave beeps
When to lift the blinds and when to draw them tight
And if those birds looked hungry outside
Well yes I'd feed them
(Yes yes I'd feed them)

If you were here
Well they would lurch
To spin webs and catch you
Like I wish I could
But I am not a spider yet.

But still the spiders on the walls of this house
Remind me of you the way you used to wait for me
Yes you used to watch for me

If you were here
Well they would lurch
To spin webs and catch you
Like I wish I could
But I am not a spider yet

No I am not a spider yet
No I am not a spider yet.

Discography

Reasons For Seasons (EP) -independant (Feb. 2007)

Track list:
1. Want You To(o)
2. Bone
3. Spiders
4. Wings

Has been playing full 2 hour + sets of original material plus a couple of covers, for three years.

Set List

1. Idaho (Josh Ritter)
2. Spiders
3. Bone
4. Virtuoso
5. Anideer (David Ace Dean)
6. Want You To(o)
7. Wings
8. Song For Jilted Lovers
9. Clean
10. Violent Night
11. Afterparty