House Concert featuring 2016 Black Fret Major Grant Recipients
Suzanna Choffel & Wendy Colonna
Hosted by Art & Judy Gressel
LOCATION HAS MOVED FROM ART & JUDY’S HOME TO TIPS CONCERTS
Join us for a very special evening featuring the soulful sounds of Suzanna Choffel & Wendy Colonna. While these two long time friends have collaborated in many projects over the years, this will be the first time they have shared the stage in an intimate song-swap.
Both of these ladies received the prestigious Major Grant fromBlack Fret in 2016 and thanks to this community were able to release new albums in the spring of 2017.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Last summer Wendy married the love of her life, Ryan Doty, and on June 11th, they welcomed their first son, Charlie into the world! And between those two blessed dates, she created her newest and most acclaimed album, “No Moment But Now” all the while continuing to perform for enthusiastic audiences across the US.
“No Moment But Now” has songs simultaneously featured on Apple Music’s “Hot Tracks” and “Breaking Singer Songwriter Playlist, “as well as Spotify’s “Fresh Folk” playlist. Wendy is garnering critical acclaim from multiple outlets including the New York Times (describing her music as “ethereal”), received a 2016 Black Fret Major Grant and she was selected as a 2017 Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Finalist. The Austin American-Statesman long ago recognized Wendy as “Austin’s Best Singer/Songwriter.”
She’s currently enjoying a little down time at her new home with her family in San Marcos, performing limited shows across her home region.
Having a sixth sense is something Pisces people take for granted. But March-born singer-songwriter Suzanna Choffel’s latest album, Hello Goodbye, contains one song that proved remarkably prescient even to her. When Choffel wrote “Go Forth,” an inspirational ballad whose lyrics seemingly impart advice from a loving parent, she thought the only thing she was trying to hatch was the album. A week later, she learned she was pregnant with her first child.
Several of Hello Goodbye’s songs could be associated with major events in Choffel’s life. She’s had many in the last few years, from appearing on season three of The Voice and moving from her Austin hometown to New York for three years, to earning a major grant from Black Fret, an Austin artist development group, and performing before thousands of January 2017 Women’s March participants at the Texas State Capitol.
But just as that song predated knowledge of her pregnancy, many tracks on this album — an earthy, lush folk-funk mélange of blues, jazz, soul, dreamy electro-pop and her unique vocal colorings — predated those experiences, along with such events as a scary brush with mortality after leaving her baby for the first time to perform in France. (Fortunately, only possessions were lost when the chateau where she was staying burst into flames.)
Ironically, those post-recording experiences serve as detailed illustrations of the album’s central theme: How to reconcile the push-pull of opposing desires? For Choffel, that manifests as a struggle to balance the seemingly conflicting pursuits of family life and musical adventures. But swimming in opposite directions is what Pisceans do.