Larysa Musick

Folk Roots Singer/songwriter Spoken Word

Larysa Musick

About

A wildflower meadow doesn’t bloom in the first year it’s planted. Takes three years to see your first flower. Maybe longer. A firm believer in the slow build, Larysa Musick established herself as a poet and illustrator-author before crossing into singer-songwriter territory. Given her last name, it may have been fate.

Though she comes from Winnipeg, her style of folk music hardly represents her home city’s proverbial sound. Listening to her, you’d think of New Orleans jazz cafés or Greenwich Village clubs in the ‘60s. A masterful guitarist with unmistakable vibrato, endearing melodies, and a lush, crooning mezzo-soprano voice. Comparable to the swift musicianship and songwriting of Joni Mitchell or John Prine. Wide-eyed, flower-power-era nostalgia folk that sometimes bends into the psychedelic, baroque, old-western country, old-timey, and prog-rock spaces.

Lyrically, Larysa is adventurous and earnest, probably from her years spent performing spoken word poetry. At poetry slams, competing for scores from zero to ten, not unlike Olympic diving. At various bars and pubs across the provinces, and as far as Detroit, touring in a tiny hatchback. At streetlit cyphers, where freestyling poets showed Larysa the power of improvisation. As Artistic Director of the Winnipeg Poetry Slam, Larysa learned a few tricks to turn a phrase, some more when she wrote, illustrated and self-published her poetry colouring book To See and Be Seen.

That got sidetracked in 2020 when on long walks around the prairie grass reserves in her family neighbourhood in Headingley, Larysa started humming the melodies to what would become her debut EP Tomorrow Is Bound to Come (to be fully released in September 2023). A collection of whimsical, self-reflective, coming-of-age songs. Some told with a cheeky tone and wry smile, others with a lamenting croon, all carried by Larysa’s signature sparkly vocal which naturally instills levity in every phrase. Receiving critical acclaim and a dedicated following in its first year of release, with two packed release shows in Winnipeg, Larysa is proving to be a contender in the local scene.

Soon after emerging onto the Winnipeg music scene, Larysa’s inimitable style captured the attention of prominent Canadian artist, virtuoso fiddler and up-and-coming producer, Sierra Noble. The two joined forces, co-producing Larysa’s EP with award-winning producer and engineer, Madeleine Roger, daughter of Lloyd Peterson (The Weakerthans, The Wailin’ Jennys, JP Hoe, Oh My Darling). Larysa’s proud to have achieved gender parity with these recordings, rallying together a list of exceptional players including Rory Verbrugge (pedal steel guitar), Sheena Grobb (keys), Kieran Placatka (keys), banjo (Alison De Groot), upright bass (Julian Bradford), to name a few.

Rushing nothing in the process, it's clear that Larysa is not the type of singer-songwriter to cut corners. Rather, a disciplined artist carving out a niche in her own time.

Contact

Name
Larysa Musick
Address
MB Canada
Email
Websites
www.larysamusick.com

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"Cracked Pepper"

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"Blue Skies"

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"Joan of Arc"

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Larysa Musick - Blue Skies (LIVE) by Larysa Musick

Larysa Musick - Joan of Arc (Lyric Video) by Larysa Musick

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