Critically acclaimed Vancouver artist, Norine Braun, is set to release her 10th album, Gone To The Spirits on June 4, 2016 via Braun and Brains Music. The concept album is birthed from the Ququnak Paǂkiy Song Collection that Braun wrote from a Canada Council For The Arts Award last year. The songs are based on the engaging and dramatic life story of a Two Spirit, Ktunaxa warrior woman, courier and guide, who lived in the early 19th century. Gone-To-The-Spirits was the gifted oracle and accomplished warrior who appeared in the journals of trappers and explorers and was noted as having transitioned gender and also became a chief. Braun’s irrepressible passion to create music with no imposed boundaries makes this work impossible to categorize. In the beginning, the haunting and ethereal Morning Prayer mesmerizes with ambient ascension toward the heavens. Throughout the album’s rich textures of worldly pop, jazz and blues, the listener is transported among dreamy ice fields, rootsy coyote canyons, thunderous storms toward soulful victory and a sublime rock transformation. One enters a sonic journey in this album that soothes and excites, to another time where Gone To The Spirits story enfolds.
released June 3, 2016
The concept album was recorded and mixed with producer Adam Popowitz at Rear Window Song and Sound. The session players include: the Juno nominated Adam Popowitz on bass and lead guitar, Elliot Polsky on drums, Huggybear Leonard on blues harp, Alice Fraser on keys and accordion, Malcolm Aiken on trumpet and flugelhorn with Norine Braun on rhythm guitar, ukulele, Navajo flute and vocals.
Adam Popowitz Producer.
Recorded. mixed and mastered by Adam Popowitz at Rear Window Song and Sound Coquitlam BC on unneeded Coast Salish Territory.
All songs words and music composed by Norine Braun.
With love and deep gratitude in the making of this album to: Adam Popowitz for materializing the musical vision and the incredibly talented musicians who generously shared their beautiful souls: Adam, Elliot, Huggybear, Alice and Malcolm. You are now forever in the dream and I am forever blessed.
Dr. Eldon C. Yellowhorn who planted the seed long ago and who acted as advisor on this project, Alice Fraser who helped nurture the seed all along, the Canada Council for the Arts for the Professional Musicians grant awarded me to write these songs, Robert Louis Sr., Margaret Teneese, Ktunaxa Interpretive Centre, VPL Archives, Glenbow Museum, David Thompson, B. Bellyea, C. Schaeffer
Special Thanks To: Colleen Pennington, Carol O’Dell. Maja Vanderhorst, Masako and Peter Stillwell, Renee Gauthier and Val Storvold and the fans and friends who supported this album before its release with pre-orders and love.
Gone To The Spirits is based on the engaging and dramatic life story of Ququnak Paǂkiy who was a Two Spirit, Ktunaxa prophet, messenger, chief and guide. Gone-To-The-Spirits lived in the early and mid-19th century in what is now known as southeastern BC, Canada. Gone-To-The-Spirits was the gifted oracle and accomplished warrior who appeared in the journals of trappers and explorers of the time period. Ququnak Paǂkiy: Gone-To-The-Spirits A Short Story I wrote to accompany this album is available at www.norinebraun.com
Cover Artwork by Miriam Sweeney
Photo by Jaunty Media
Graphic Design by Gisele Grignet