Kurt Swinghammer

Toronto based multi-discipline artist Kurt Swinghammer has established an eclectic career traversing different media and mediums in music and visual arts. He is represented in the permanent collection of the Canada Council Art Bank, has been the cover story of NOW Magazine and Artist Of The Week on Bravo’s Arts and Minds. He has illustrated a children’s book of Stompin’ Tom Connor’s songs, designed wardrobe for The Shuffle Demons, and art directed award winning videos for Maestro Fresh Wes. As a session musician he appears on recordings by Ani DiFranco, Dragonette, and Serena Ryder. His original scores include episodes of CBC’s The Nature Of Things, the horror feature Ginger Snaps ll, and the TV series Canadian Made. This year he was the first Artist In Residence at The National Music Centre in Calgary. He appears on the recently released Concert For St Stephens from True North Records – a live show that included Bruce Cockburn, Daniel Lanois and Jane Siberry. In the fall of 2012 he is releasing Two Portraits – a 12” vinyl single of covers of songs by Nick Drake and Donovan, and will be part of the 11 date Songs Of Nick Drake tour throughout Ontario and Quebec.

Turpentine Wind 

Kurt Swinghammer’s Turpentine Wind is a 60 minute multi-media song-cycle homage to iconic Canadian landscape artist Tom Thomson. It follows a poetically enhanced trajectory of his life from spring in Owen Sound, to downtown Toronto in the summer, to Algonquin Park in the fall, and ending at the bottom of a cold Canoe Lake. Musically it has been described as Pink Floyd meets Burt Bacharach. Elements of ambient and prog rock merge with traditional songwriting craft resulting in a uniquely creative sonic and lyrical experience. An integral part of the presentation is live video projections by Justin Stephenson, which blend forms generated by Kurt’s singing with magnified images of original Swinghammer paintings. Several totems of the actual paintings serve as set design. Kurt performs with his band Tom Toms On, consisting of notable players Maury Lafoy (Colin James), Mark Mariash (Sarah Slean), and David Matheson (Ron Sexsmith), all of whom appeared on the studio recording produced by multiple Juno Award winner Michael Phillip Wojewoda.

 

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