Bird Songs for a Winter’s Night -- Jan.11, 2019
Seldom on a winter’s night in Oregon can a birder rack up a checklist of more than 30 species in a single hour. But that’s exactly what listeners have in store for them on January 11, when the Lane County Audubon Society presents singer-songwriter Stephan Nance at Eugene Piano Academy for the release of their latest, birdiest record, Look at the Harlequins!
Stephan’s music has drawn comparisons to basically any singer who ever played a piano — Regina Spektor, Ben Folds, Tori Amos — but truly occupies a niche of its own. In “Overwintered,” a suspenseful song inspired by visits to Klamath Falls, Stephan alludes to the wick-a call of a Northern Flicker. Another track, “Reverse Nature Shock,” describes the return of “an itinerant Song Sparrow” after touring Japan, with references to hashibuto and hashiboso garasu (Large-billed and Carrion Crows).
Attendees will be encouraged to keep track of the birds on a checklist in the program. Vegan cupcakes will be provided by Cornbread Café. This all-ages show will kick off Stephan’s tour of concerts hosted by Audubon Society chapters and bird clubs across the US.
For more about Stephan, visit stephannance.com.
CD Release show location: 507 Willamette St. Eugene. A $5 donation is requested.