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Calgary Folk Music Festival presents:
San Fermin w/ St.Arnaud
October 30, 2019 at Commonwealth
DOORS: 8 PM
SHOW: 9 PM
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The visionary project of Brooklyn-based composer and songwriter Ellis Ludwig-Leone, San Fermin pairs pop-minded melodies with lushly avant-garde arrangements. Formed in 2013, San Fermin’s self-titled LP was hailed by NPR as “one of the year’s most ambitious, evocative, and moving records.” Rolling Stone lauded the band’s 2015 sophomore outing Jackrabbit for “(channeling) quarter-life existentialism through sophisticated wind and string compositions.” Belong followed two years later, with The New Yorker, applauding its “lovely baroque arrangements, analog eclecticism, and lavish harmonies.” Equally inventive on stage as in the studio, Ludwig-Leone and San Fermin have spent much of the band’s existence on the road. They recently signed to Sony Music Masterworks and their new single “The Hunger,” indicates the arrival of the next chapter and more new music to come.
Ian St. Arnaud takes on themes of death, loss and resilience with sardonic humour and heart-on-the-sleeve, puppy-love honesty, while keeping a simply orchestrated and impeccably composed sound. Weaving between a lonely batch of electro-tenor guitar and horn-laden siren songs, St. Arnaud’s beaming, clever lyrics belay the dark weight of his themes.