Jane Ferman joins Atz Lee Kilcher for collection of original duets
By Katie Emerick Homer Tribune
May 20, 2009
HOMER TRIBUNE/Katie Emerick
Atz Lee Kilcher and Jane Ferman join for an evening of original duets on Saturday.
Both members of local band "Yellow Cabin,
" the two combine for a unique musical wandering.
In a joint performance to provide Homer with an alternative venue to live bands in the late-night bar scene, local musicians Jane Ferman
and Atz Lee Kilcher
combine for a Saturday show at Bunnell Street Arts Center
, who's been actively involved in Homer's live music scene for several years, the show offers the chance to play a different set of songs than usually found at weekly gigs.
, Kilcher and fellow band mates John Cottingham and Matt Farnsworth perform weekly as "Yellow Cabin
"I have no idea why I wanted to play the piano," Ferman
"When you're a kid, I don't think you know that answer.
I was just drawn to it.
It was clear, however, that once she
began playing, it was a natural fit.
"My parents never had to make me practice," Ferman
"I went to all these different fine arts camps and competitions when I was little and would spend hours a day playing."
According to Ferman, local piano teacher and Etude Studio owner Mary Epperson was instrumental in Ferman's musical development.
"I started getting lessons twice a week, and later, three times a week," Ferman
"I'd still show up an hour early."
Ferman went on to attend the University of Texas, where she graduated with a fine arts degree in classical piano.
classical roots, however, Ferman
has begun expanding her
After college, she
sailed for 18 months with friends on a boat from Seattle to Honolulu.
Unable to take along the cumbersome piano, Ferman
opted to bring a guitar instead.
"There was nothing to see, and we had kind of bad weather," she
"So I started making up these stupid, wacky songs about how bored I was.
Until then, I didn't even know I could sing."
What came out of the trip, said Ferman
, was a fondness for guitar and the process of writing her
is now the main musical outlet for Ferman
, who confessed she
has no desire to "make it" as a musician.
"I don't like all the spotlight on me," she
"That's why I like playing in bars, you get to experiment and mess up.
In a concert, all eyes are on you.
Maybe most musicians want that, but I'm really happy being in the shadows."
As a songwriter with a smoky, slightly ethereal vocal style, Ferman
is a fascinating mix of topical realism and intellectual depth.
Perhaps most compelling is her
blatant disregard for how other people see her
admitted that when she
writes a song, usually about a person, her
only motivation is self expression and not how relatable the song is to the audience.
With many darkly laced lyrics, Ferman
accepts the fact that some people may not get the songs she
writes; or that they may take them too seriously.
"People definitely get the wrong idea of me sometimes because of my songs," she
"I don't feel like I owe them an explanation.
Some appreciate it, others don't."
Inspired by music from the '80s such as the "Smiths" and "New Order," Ferman
contends that most of her
influences are evident in her
Equally present to a keen ear, however, are the composers Ferman
grew up with.
Vivaldi triads and Beethoven arpeggios find their way into Ferman's music, which is then transformed into an often rigorous and sweeping mixture of experimental rock that is the backbone of Yellow Cabin
The Bunnell show offers a chance for Ferman
and Kilcher to play together a set of songs that don't often appear in their bar shows.
It also provides Ferman
with the rare opportunity to perform on a grand piano.
With Kilcher on upright bass, Ferman
on the piano and both switching between playing guitars, the show gives audiences the occasion to see two performers who embody intrigue through their musical wanderings.