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Atz Lee Kilcher

Employment History

  • Local Piano Teacher


  • fine arts degree , classical piano
    University of Texas
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Jane Ferman joins Atz ... [cached]
Jane Ferman joins Atz Lee Kilcher for collection of original duets By Katie Emerick Homer Tribune May 20, 2009
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.
For Ferman, 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. Ferman, 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 said. "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 said. "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 said. "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. From her classical roots, however, Ferman has begun expanding her musical path. 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 explained. "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 own songs. Yellow Cabin 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 said. "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 music. Ferman 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 said. "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 piano rhythms. 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.
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