November 18, 2023
8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Educated at Berklee online and MacEwan University, Billie’s performances blend profound lyrical themes with a diverse range of genres, promising a captivating show. Fresh off her appearances at prestigious festivals and eagerly preparing for her 2024 album ‘Levitate,’ she’s a rising star with deep musical roots, evidenced by her extensive collaborations and commendable community involvement. Critics and fans laud Billie as a innovative voice in music. Secure your chance to witness this unique artist weave magic with her melodies.
Edmonton’s Billie Zizi deftly combines the groove of classic soul with a flair for contemporary RnB melody, adding a certain avant-jazz vibe with her guitar forays to create a sound as accessible as it is experimental. Her second full-length album, Moon Of Honey, showed a growing artist comfortable with taking sonic risks, while maintaining a shrewd pop sensibility in composition. Cuts like “Hold And Console”, “Sit Down”, and “Do You Love Me” show off Zizi’s smart melodic sense in both composition and arrangement, while “Get By” and “It Shook Your Faith” take those elements and add Zizi’s willingness to experiment with wild sonic abandon, venturing into textural guitar adventures that never stray far from melody, but nonetheless feel like adventures unto themselves. Growing up in an artistic and musical family prepared Zizi for the path ahead, having accompanied her father on a number of European trips to immerse themselves among the musical traditions of wandering bands through the continental countryside. Zizi absorbed those lessons, and upon her graduation from Grant MacEwan’s School of Composition and Performance, set out to make statements on her own as a songwriter. Her early live work included tightly arranged looping and sampled parts that allowed her to build on her pieces live and in the moment. She added a rhythm section in preparation for her first record, Gun Metal Dress, a more jazz-influenced LP that featured unconventional time signature shifts, more straightforward guitar work, and some classic, scat-inspired vocal work. In 2020 she was featured on Alberta Spotlight through the National Music Centre, CKUA and Alberta Music and was shortlisted to be Alberta’s artist in residence. Not merely content with artistic repetition, Billie Zizi continues to grow on an adventurous musical path and has finished her new album ‘Levitate’ and is ready to release and market in it 2024.
Venue Phone: (780) 432-0428
Venue Website: https://yardbirdsuite.com
Band membersBillie Zizi, guitar, vocals
Ryan Funk, pedal steel, guitar
Josh McHan, bass
Dan Stadnicki, percussion
Lauren Gillis, back up vocals
Tickets will also be available at the door if not previously sold out online.
Doors open at 7:00 pm.