It's about the spiritual struggles of self-promotion as an artist, from my own Quaker-cello-wielding-activist-folksinger perspective. You can read it on my Patreon page (just click on the images below) and, if you're so inclined, pitch in to support what I do.
I'm excited to split a bill with Mirabai Peart for the debut of her solo project in Portland! She's an incredibly talented musician I've had the pleasure of playing with on many recording sessions. I'm delighted that we'll get to experience her original compositions for viola and voice in such a perfect intimate setting. Advance tickets highly recommended!
In her solo project debut, Mirabai Peart gathers her many folk influences and her curiosity for dark and complex harmonies to see how a viola and voice can weave together. Some textures and melodic inflections are reminiscent of Bjork while the dynamic lyricism of other moments may recall Joanna Newsom, two major influences. Her songs are deeply personal and explore the subjects of creative journey and discovery, grief and loss along with hope and determination to live honestly and fully in these times.
Looking forward to sharing the stage with this magical troubadour! Juniper & The Wolf (aka Genevieve Andersen) is a duo of one; a storyteller turned singer-songwriter, traveling around the world to collect, study, reproduce & re-imagine folk traditions, old & new—from different eras, languages, countries & cultures.
We're going to the beach! My long-time collaborator David Waingarten and I are playing out at the lovely Sou'wester Lodge on the Long Beach peninsula just north of Astoria, Washington. The show itself is free! We'll be playing in the cozy living room of the main lodge building where you can get a room, or stay in one of their cool vintage trailers. There's a sauna and the beach is about a block away. It's a good excuse to get away for the weekend, reconnect with the great waters of the Pacific, and steep your soul in healing music. And you'll get 20% off your lodging if you tell 'em you're coming to see us!
David and I will each play our own sets, but I'll be contributing some cello to David's songs. If you want a taste of what that's like, I played all over his last record. You can listen to it here!
"Paul Susi plays 'The Poet,' who gives an impassioned telling of the story of the Trojan War. He's joined by Anna Fritz, who composed and performs original cello music for the play. The music she creates is haunting and beautiful – capturing both the thunder of war and the soft mourning of death. When Fritz, a Portland folksinger, finally shares her voice with the audience, it's an ethereal sound, as if from the Muses themselves."
We are one week into our five-week tour of correctional facilities in Oregon and tickets are now available for the two public performances we'll be giving. It is proving to be a profoundly moving experience, sharing this work with people who are living in prison. The connection felt in these rooms has been deep and the post-show talk backs full of hearts brimming with gratitude, both on the stage and in the audiences. Please join us as we perform this play on the outside - bridging the divide in our community made by prison walls.
I’m deeply honored to be featured in an interview and on the cover of the latest issue of Western Friend Magazine. The music I put into the world grows from deep Quaker roots. I speak in this interview about how that spiritual path and the Quaker community help anchor my work. Read more here.
I was interviewed recently by the brilliant queer Quaker performance artist Peterson Toscano for his show on Citizen's Climate Radio. We talked about connection to the land, right relationship to indigenous peoples, and direct action. Check it out and share with your friends!
This is a brand new song of mine, not yet released, called "Send Somebody." It speaks to the helplessness I know many of us are feeling in this unbelievable time. And it asks us to listen deeply - to that still small voice - for how we are being called to act.
HUGE thanks to Tos Fackenthall for the opportunity to perform at Fremont Abbey in Seattle, WA (April 25, 2017), and for this beautiful video!
Monday, March 13th, 7:00pm FREE! Playing my own solo set and joining these talented lovelies on a tune or two. 303 SW 12th Ave., Portland, OR 97205
From March 2014: Off to the Woods
It's hard to leave Portland when the two-story magnolia tree outside my kitchen window is in full bloom! But I'm off to the woods for a writing retreat in southern Oregon. Old growth and fast-moving water await. Readying myself to listen deeply and let new songs emerge.
There are more shows in the works for April in the Portland area! A couple of them are already confirmed. Details are HERE! Wish me luck and see you soon.... Love, Anna