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The universe of Montrealers Jonathan Peters and David Lagacé is a profound one, thick and aspiring, where day and night coexist. A musical world made of ethereal vocal harmonies and rich instrumentation, where melodies speak and words sing. Impulsive, pure and authentic.
A work of art that confirms a sincere endeavor, tempestuous and inhabited by a folk that burns to the core. We attach ourselves to a piece, and then to the whole of it. To the autumnal and night inspired "Underneath your skin" in the album's opening, that seemingly whispers in your ear; to the flight of "The Japanees One" and "Elephants" or even the emancipating orchestrations of "Ruins Ruins", "Folklore" and "Ancestor’s Shadow".
Ultimately, Shenanigans reveals itself as a complete and powerful undertaking, like rarely heard before.
Stemming from a nomadic family with roots in both Kenya and Jamaica, Jo was brought up in a house two miles from the nearest neighbour in the wilds of northern Scotland.
Her parents moved constantly in her youth, which saw her spending periods in Turkey, UAE, Kuwait, Sri Lanka and Cambodia.
Now based in Birmingham, England, Jo's debut album Gown quietly received huge acclaim from the UK national press (★★★★ MOJO ★★★★ UNCUT ★★★★ The Independent) and has seen Jo performance on the main stage at TEDGlobal, to over 3 million people live on the BBC World Service and attract a growing audience of 70,000 Facebook fans from as far afield as Singapore and Moscow.
With an incomparable ability to move people live, Jo’s music manages to uniquely embody both a sense of deep appreciation for the everyday world around us along, with the use of extremely cutting edge technology.
After collaborating with its inventor, Jo has pioneered the use of a new instrument called an Airpiano (www.airpiano.de) in her live work.