Treefort 9 Postponed to September 22-26, 2021

Luka Kuplowsky

Luka Kuplowsky

Toronto, ON, CAN

About

In this moment in history, can anyone say with any authority what folk music is? The work of Luka Kuplowsky makes a refreshing argument for the continuing relevance of acoustic music as a place to hold thought; an open space to place impeccably chosen words, ideas, and images. A young songwriter with a calm, conversational delivery and an effortless, unshowy grasp of poetry, Kuplowsky is a refreshing entrant into the folk scene, if it can be said there still is one, humbly plucking up the same threads of inquiry that did Cohen; asking the big questions about love, meaning, consciousness. Musically, Kuplowsky triangulates between Heartfood and Hejira, drawing connections between the purity of simple melody and the tangled modulations of jazz. Whether solo, accompanied only by his classical guitar and liberal applications of silence, or with his freewheeling, jazz inflected band of improvising musicians, Kuplowsky sings a music of contemplation, music alive to the everyday possibilities of epiphany and revelation.