Leif Vollebekk Tapped To Perform at Joe's Pub on January 10th for NYC's APAP Conference
Rolling Stone and Diffuser.fm Debut Tracks from Forthcoming LP North Americana Out 1/28/14 on Missing Piece Records
Produced by Howard Bilerman (Arcade Fire, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Basia Bulat, Wolf Parade)
After more than two years of traveling the world and working with some of the finest producers and engineers in the industry, Montreal's Leif Vollebekk is set to release his US Debut North Americana via Missing Piece Records on January 28, 2014.
In celebration of the new release, Vollebekk has been tapped to perform at New York City's prestigious APAP Conference. He will support the Ethiopian-born, San Francisco-based singer and songwriter Meklit Hadero.
The songs on North Americana were always recorded live to tape, documenting the improvisation and space that a live jazz performance would have but using the concision of a pop song. To find these moments, Vollebekk traveled to Montreal's legendary Hotel 2 Tango studio, working with Howard Bilerman (Arcade Fire, Godspeed You! Black Emperor) to New York City, working with Tom Gloady (Ryan Adams, Sigur Rós, Patti Smith) to La Frette studios, in La Frette-sur-Seine, France. Vollebekk even tried recording with John Simon, whose credits include Music from Big Pink and Songs of Leonard Cohen.
The result is a gorgeous collection of songs that are very much in line with Van Morrison's Astral Weeks or Tim Buckley's work.
The ten songs that comprise North Americana were performed by Vollebekk (vocals, guitar, piano, harmonica, a little rusty fiddle), jazz musicians Hans Bernhard (bass) and Philippe Melanson (drums), Arcade Fire's Sarah Neufeld (violin), Joe Grass(pedal steel) and Adam Kinner (tenor sax).