PK Tessmann is a fixture in the Vancouver Island indie-folk community. Her well-crafted, original songs are something of substance: a synergy of flowing lyrics, whispered harmonies, twinkling ukulele or acoustic guitar, and her bold, multi-faceted voice.
With over 20 years of songwriting and performance behind her, Tessmann is celebrating the release of her brand new album Dear City (2016). Two-time winner of Best Roots/Folk Recording at the Vancouver Island Music Awards, Tessmann’s work has been described as “beguiling,” “potent, ” and “unpretentious”. Her latest work is no exception.
Dear City is a collection of songs that offer a window into Tessmann’s journey into marriage and motherhood. With each haunting song, she offers up her experiences of grief, love, hope, loss, birth and new beginnings. Produced by Corwin Fox (Shane Koyczan, CR Avery, Emily Millard) in the vibrant Village of Cumberland BC, Dear City showcases Tessmann’s commanding voice with colourful yet subtle instrumentation. Vintage keys, bells, autoharp, cello, French horn and saxophone combined with whispered harmonies to compliment Tessmann’s spirited vocals. The record has been selected as a finalist in the Singer-Songwriter category of the Indie Acoustic Project’s Best CD’s of 2016.
An alumna of the Capilano College Jazz program in Vancouver BC, PK Tessmann has released 2 previous records, including full-length album Maybe (2006), PK Tessmann EP (2013) and has contributed to many compilation albums. In addition to her two recent VIMA awards, she has garnered further VIMA nominations for Vocalist of the Year, Song of the Year and Video of the Year, and she recently took home the title of Regional Champion in the 2015 CBC Searchlight Contest. In 2016, she was listed in the contest as a Top 20 in the Top of the Pops category.
Tessmann has performed extensively solo and with her producer, Corwin Fox…
Corwin Fox is a Canadian songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist who has toured extensively across Canada, the U.S. and Australia since 1995. Over the last decade, Corwin has been spending an increasing amount of time recording and producing other artists across a wide range of genres (Shane Koyczan and the Short Story Long, Raghu Lokanathan, Little Scream, Kim Barlow, Craig Werth, Wax Mannequin, Miss Emily Brown, etc). He still plays concerts and festivals performing his songs on banjo, guitar and ukulele, and he teaches songwriting to youth each summer, but the studio has really become his focus since he founded the Corwin Fox Academy of Perpetual Excellence. Over the years he has played venues large and small, some by himself and some with his other projects such as Morlove or The Chimney Swallows.
Born in Halifax and raised in Ottawa, Corwin went to high school at Canterbury High, a school for the arts, where he studied theatre and learned to play bass, guitar and mandolin. From 2000-2002 Corwin attended Fanshawe College (London, ON) to take the Music Industry Arts Recording Engineering program. While there, he won the award in 2001 for best song from EMI Music Publishing Canada with a song called “Doctor God”.
Back on the west coast in 2006, Corwin was asked for the first time to produce a recording for another artist: Sarah Noni Metzner’s “Daybreak Mourning” (Dog My Cat Records) with which she won Best Solo Artist at the Canadian Folk Music Awards (2007). Since then, he has produced over forty albums for other artists and worked in the studio on more than 130 albums in various capacities as well as composing music for theatre and documentary soundtracks. For his solo music, Corwin has released three full-length albums, Compassionate Relay (2002), Dream Water Rain Music (2004), mememe (2017) and six e.p.’s: Tiger (2005), He Remembers What I Forgot (2007), Cloud Seating (2009), Minutiae (2011), Man and Her Symbols (2013) and The Midst (2015).
Corwin continues to write, record and tour, although he is quite content that the bulk of his time is now spent in his studio or hanging out with his kids and making soup.