In 1970 the Isle of Wight Festival was one of the largest musical events of its time. Bigger than Woodstock, and controversial from the get-go, hundreds of thousands of people descended on the island. Many of those without tickets set up camp on a hill overlooking the festival site, opposing the consumerism of the event and intent on taking the music back by any means necessary. It was a celebration of hippy counter culture gone awry, and in Joni's words "they fed me to the beast". Joni took to the stage to deliver an outstanding performance against all odds. At times it was a battle against the audience, as they tore down barriers and shouted obscenities. Her set was interrupted multiple times, including one man invading the stage to try address the crowd.
Directed by Academy Award winning filmmaker Murray Lerner, Both Sides Now: Live At The Isle of Wight Festival features new interviews with Joni, discussing her recollections of the event intercut with festival footage, both onstage and behind the scenes, offering a fascinating insight into a now legendary concert from the artists point of view and putting the events of the day into context. The disc will be released on September 14, 2018
'Joni Mitchell: The Norman Seeff Sessions' is a new photo book to be published on November 6. Timed to release on Joni's 75th birthday, this collection of familiar and rare imagery tracks the pair's history together through these exclusive moments captured on film. A combination of album artwork and candid shots reveals Joni's personality in ways few have managed to capture before or since. Featuring commentary from Seeff on the enlightenment into his art that he gained from their sessions, this compilation is a true reflection on mutual creativity between artist and muse.
Tourism Saskatoon plans a live feed of the festivities on Sunday, we will link to the video here. Stay tuned for more information!
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To mark the 40th anniversary of Joni Mitchell’s seminal album 'Hejira', Sorana Santos recreated the 4200-mile round-trip from Portland, Maine, to LA, on which 'Hejira' was written. “I couldn’t sing the songs authentically”, says Sorana, “and realised the only way into the album was to do the trip, solo, like she did.” Alongside presenting a reinterpretation of 'Hejira' as a collage using the Great American Songbook, postmodern composers Adams and Cage, and hints of London and Seattle’s Free Improv and Grunge scenes, Sorana also performs original songs she wrote while travelling across the US, composing songs from astrophysics formulae in response to Mitchell’s metaphysical musings. More information here
Kiki Ebsen’s Joni Mitchell Project returns to the Festival of Arts for their third year to celebrate the genius of the Joni Mitchell songbook. Kiki delivers beautiful piano on "Both Sides Now" and "Case of You," and shifts to guitar on "Coyote" and "Chelsea Morning," among others. You'll enjoy her band arrangements of "Woodstock," "Big Yellow Taxi," and "Free Man in Paris," from the best knowns songs as much as you'll love digging deep with tracks like "Blonde in the Bleachers," "Twisted," and "Sex Kills." From Joni's earliest years to her later, more edgy, material, Kiki and her band pay tribute to Joni Mitchell, her music, style, originality and pure artistry. “Purely terrific” — Myrna Daniels ~ L. A. Jazz Scene. Don't miss it!
Kiki Ebsen’s Joni Mitchell Project features:
Kiki Ebsen (vocals, piano, keyboard, guitar)
Grant Geissman (guitars, sitar, vocals)
Terry Wollman (guitar, vocals)
Steven Lawrence (bass)
Matt Starr (drums)
The enduring music of Joni Mitchell is re-imagined in this energetic musical experience. Conceived and directed by Vancouver’s theatrical powerhouses (and spouses) Andrew Cohen & Anna Kuman. One of the most influential female recording artists of the late 20th century, Joni Mitchell has often reflected on social and environmental ideals through her music. Circle Game reinterprets Mitchell’s iconic songs such as “Big Yellow Taxi”, “River”, “California” and “A Case of You” through the ears and eyes of a new generation, connecting them to the politics and world we know today. More information here