Kat & Tony – Everything Blue CD Release

Submitted. Kat Wahamaa and Tony Rees hold the Abbotsford launch of their new CD Everything Blue, 12 tracks of jazzy, bluesy, rootsy goodness for the soul, Friday, January 31 at 7pm, at Cristal Sawatzky’s Level 6 Images Studio.

Kat & Tony write and play beautiful music together and are real life partners, too. Everything Blue is their first album with co-writes and delves further into their jazz and blues cupboard. A theme of finding joy in the fundamentals runs through the songs, whether you are down on your luck or surrounded by stuff.

Kat Wahamaa has toured internationally, released 6 CD’s, had her music in theatre and film, was nominated for 2 West Coast Music Awards and in 2013 was honoured to receive the Christine Caldwell Outstanding Arts Advocate Award from the Abbotsford Arts Council. After the CD launch she will be preparing to reprise her role as lead vocalist in Lauri Lyster’s play The Drummer Girl on at The Firehall Arts Centre in Vancouver, February 12 to 22, 2014.

Tony Rees, originally from the UK, fronted the Western Swing ensemble Shiny Buckle Band and was a founding member of the old-time blues bands The Caboose and Shirley U Jest. Tony and Kat also make up half of the local roots quartet Back Door Slam along with Joe Samorodin and Jennie Bice.

They are excited hold their Abbotsford release at the studio of Cristal Sawatzky. A multi-talented exhibiting artist in the areas of fine art photography, painting and mixed medium pieces, she opened the commercial studio and art gallery in the heart of “Historic Downtown Abbotsford” in 2012. Level 6 Images provides the perfect venue for the launch and Sawatzky will be working on a canvas as the evening unfolds.

Thought-provoking local poet Robert Martens will read from his new book Little Creatures. His poems are a diminutive challenge to the cosmic forces of time and space, war and peace.

Joining Kat & Tony on stage are Astrid Sars (saxophone), Jennie Bice (violin), Joe Samorodin (bass) and other musical guests. Light refreshment and a no host bar round out this evening of arts and music. A portion of the proceeds go to benefit ACES: Actively Creating An Exceptional Society .

Tickets for the show are available by clicking here.

For more information please email kat@shinyb.ca or call Level 6 Images at 604.835.2747.

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