Lily Kiara a visiting guest artist from the Netherlands will play and sing her acoustic folk/pop songs at Snapdragon Café, Sunday, March 24 at 7pm. There is no cover charge for this live music show. On Lily’s first visit to Vashon Island in 1997 she came as a dancer/musician to the Diverse Dance Research Retreat held at Camp Sealth, an annual event at the time co-created by Joan Hanna, Karen Nelson and others. One night we all went down to the Antique Sandwich Company in Ruston where Lily performed in an open mic. She moved us with her sweet voice, full bodied guitar playing and heart felt lyrics that display her facility with the English language.
Lily is an acoustic folk/pop singer/songwriter, writing sensory lyrics and melodies with a melancholic undertone. Her playing balances on thin lines between songs and poems: Authentic songwriting, inspired by poets and the love for unfamiliar forms.
After music lessons in several instruments, she got her first guitar at fourteen. She started writing songs almost immediately. This gave a new swing to her poetry, which she has been writing since she was very young. Some words wanted to be in songs and others in poems. Sometimes the distinction is not so clear and they find their way in between or in a hybrid of a song and a poem. During several trips to the USA between 1997 and 2001, she had the chance to play in different places and shared gigs with local musicians, mostly in Seattle, often with moodblues musician jr., for who she also sang back up vocals at Bumbershoot Festival. This was a great buzz to her music and she recorded her first cd in 2001, titled ‘No Alibi’. In 2008 her latest solo album ‘On This Ground’ released on Sibyl Sings, her label for music and poetry. An EP, ‘South’ with songs and poetry, came out in 2006.
In 2006 she started the band Songs & Poems; Acoustic folk/pop songs with a bold mix of poetry and improvised music by one singer/songwriter, one poet and four innovative instrumentalists. If she is not playing solo, she often plays with Felicity Provan, accompanying her with daring harmonics in vocals and trumpet.
Based in Amsterdam, but with a love for bringing her music to different contexts, places and people, she has played in venues and festivals in The Netherlands Seattle, New York, Adelaide, and Finland among others.