Singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist Kela Parker today announces a new LP, The Dreamer & The Dream, a collection of 14 original songs written between 2013-2016, recorded in her bedroom in Portland, OR, and at a church in Brooklyn, NY, where her vintage grand piano lives. It is a record about migration, about the sense of ongoing change in human experience, with the increasingly volatile disruptions and shifts of the natural world’s ecological balance as its backdrop. Today, she shares video for the debut single, “Be A Child” via Northern Transmissions.
Like her unusual chord progressions, Parker followed a winding, serpentine path to arrive at her distinct sound. Growing up in a family of classical and folk players, as a young musician she gravitated equally to Joni Mitchell’s alternate guitar tunings as to the dramatic piano progressions of Rachmaninoff and Chopin.
Drawing from a well that reaches deep into the musical past and into her own emotional journey, her hidden harmonics and oral narrations pulse with the dissonance of artistry amidst modern world industry. Pivoting between the ultimate individualism and the shared universal rhythm, Parker creates an accidental kind of jazz, one’s personal improvisation of the world’s collective folk step. She is equally rootsy and ethereal, spontaneous and composed. Speaking to and through the authentic human instrument, Kela Parker soundtracks rhythms of a post-genre new world.