FenCon XV - September 21-23, 2018 |
Niven  •  Call  •  Burrows  •  Bryan  •  Lewis  •  Dyson  •  Wells  •  Griffin

A Fan-Operated Science Fiction and Fantasy Literary and Filk Convention in the Dallas/Fort Worth Area

Marian Call

Marian Call

(Marian Call) Marian Call’s music has a way of getting its claws in you. Her style, aptly described as “acoustic joy jazz” by one of her fans, pairs folk and rock with classical and gospel influences. The result is an eclectic, warm, wonderfully listenable repertoire bound together by powerful songwriting and personality.

Call’s compositions are half study and calculation, half improvisational instinct. The lyrics are full of triple rhymes, twists and turns. Call cites among her influences Joni Mitchell, They Might Be Giants, and Dr. Seuss; her work evokes comparisons to contemporary artists Regina Spektor and Ingrid Michaelson. Call’s songs are funny and light on their feet one moment, tragic and powerfully honest the next, and deeply grounded in the human experience.

Often inspired by popular culture, she has written songs about Shark Week, reality shows, TV series like Firefly and Battlestar Galactica, Jane Austen, the Mars Rover, and Neil Gaiman’s Sandman. “Great art inspires more art as a response. It always has,” says Call. “So I’m drawn into songs about the popular stories that resonate with our culture. I want to put my finger on why we like them, on what matters about those themes and characters right now.”

Call’s live concerts are unlike any other songwriter's, and she is most often compared to other artists noted for their uniqueness and whimsy--songwriters such as Joni Mitchell, Regina Spektor, Ingrid Michaelson, and Amanda Palmer. Marian Call releases music and tours under her own power without label support, and her crew of loyal fans has supported her through ten years of intensive travel and recording.

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