ELISA THORN’S HUE
“…smart, contemplative, and progressive music” that possesses “…an emotional strength that invites repeated investigation”
–Alexander Varty, Georgia Straight
Elisa Thorn’s HUE is an innovative trio featuring James Meger on bass and Justin Devries on drums. Their self-titled debut album uses the abstract paintings of Elisa’s father, Bruce Thorn, as a basis for composition and improvisation.
As Bruce explains in his own artist statement, he is “working to create a vision that is improvisational, intuitive, contemporary & universal, ” using “abstraction as a mode to reflect upon social and natural environments to create a journey of exploration and invention rather than a predetermined statement.”
In line with his vision, Elisa has created music that explores colour, movement and abstraction. The intimate trio setting leaves space to highlight the intricate and diverse sonic possibilities of the harp.
The trio has been working on their sophomore album, to be released Spring 2019.
They have also been collaborating with guest vocalist Laura Swankey for special performances (seen below).
ANGELSThis painting was made by Bruce, inspired by the song which was already written. This song is dedicated to Elisa’s grandmother Anthea Loran, and features the poetry of her great aunt Anne Szumigalski.
NIGHT SONG (detail)
SHE WAS ALWAYS LATE