Five Questions With… Taivi
Dec 19, 2017 by Jason Schneider
On her new album, Rising Tide, Toronto-based singer-songwriter Taivi offers a refreshing take on Americana. Thirteen songs deep and recorded in locales ranging from Toronto, Guelph and Nova Scotia to Nashville and Frankfurt, Rising Tide is a culmination of a lifetime of music and expression for Taivi, who writes on both guitar and piano.
As a bonus, much of Rising Tide was made with the Grammy-nominated bluegrass Claire Lynch Band who in many ways mentored Taivi throughout the process. She first became aware of Lynch when a fellow musician gifted her a compilation of female bluegrass artists–O Sister! (The Women’s Bluegrass Collection).
Taivi and Lynch struck up a relationship on Skype, and as Rising Tide began taking shape, Lynch took the further step of offering her band for the core instrumentation. Notable is the fact that many of them have also played with leading bluegrass luminaries such as Nickel Creek, Tony Rice, Tim O’Brien and Alison Brown.
As for the music on Rising Tide itself, Taivi describes the songs as being about life and connections. Whether it’s the easygoing “Red Moon Rise,” the infectious “When I'm With You”—a duet with Nova Scotia recording artist Ryan Roberts—or the sobering waltz “One More Dance,” Taivi bares her heart and soul with every note of her beguiling alto.