Lilija Valis – Surrey Muse

Lilija Valis is a Vancouver-based poet, spoken word, and recording artist. She is the author of poetry book Freedom on the Fault Line, and she has released a solo recording, ‘Poems of Freedom and Other Everyday Things’, and a group recording ‘Skytrain’ with Secret Messengers. Lilija won Vancouver Tagore Society’s 2017 First Prize in Poetry, and she was a prizewinner at Artists Embassy International 2017 Dancing Poetry Festival in San Francisco. Her work has been featured in various anthologies, and she has performed at literary, musical and philosophical events such as Poetic Justice, Surrey Muse, Renaissance Books, and LibertyMingle. She has hosted poetry and music events and has been interviewed on Co-Op Radio on numerous occasions. Lilija is working on a new book of poems.

More about Lilija
lilijavalis.com
Contact Lilija
lvalis@shaw.ca

At the August 25 gathering of Surrey Muse, Lilija will be our featured Performer with Musician Enrico Renz. More about the event is here: august-25-gathering

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Enrico Renz – Surrey Muse

Enrico Renz is a delightful one-man band singing songs to interact with the audience so that he can challenge our values and inspire us to think outside our respective boxes. He plays guitar, bass, keyboards and drums, and he has performed at various literary and music events in Metro Vancouver. He has released a cd titled Skytrain as part of Secret Messengers. Enrico co-hosts a weekly Songwriters Open Mic with Lawren Nemeth and Lilija Valis in New Westminster. In his journey into music, he experienced a long period where he chose to withhold writing, composing and singing. Meanwhile, everything else was on the go including playing improvised music and chess(!) both entwined into the process of creating songs. Here’s what he says about this period and about his relationship to music:

‘I like it when a song comes to me in such a way that I surprise myself. I see myself more as a song gardener than a song builder. The work lies in tending the song. It takes a lot of time and care and just being with the song to let it grow. Playing chess and playing improvised music for contact dancers are two other things I do passionately. Both these pastimes reflect on my approach to song writing. Chess is all about creativity. To be successful, you have to imagine possibilities one step further than your opponent. But chess is also about precision. A single over-looked pawn can render the most elaborate strategies meaningless. Coordinating the rhyme, rhythm, sense and mood of a song so that not a note or syllable seems awkward, feels a lot like dreaming up and pulling off a spectacular checkmating sequence. On the other hand, improvising with dancers is all about spontaneity. The music and the dance influence one another profoundly, but when the flow is perfect, there is no telling who is leading whom; the dance feels true. While my songwriting involves considerable crafting, I’m still reaching for that same flow and that same truth.’

Enrico’s country of origin is Switzerland, and he owns Italian and Swiss-German as mother languages. He lives and works in Burnaby.

Visit Enrico’s facebook page
facebook.com/enrico.renz.7
Contact Enrico
renzfam@shaw.ca

At the March 27 gathering of Surrey Muse, Enrico will be the Featured Musician. More about the event is here: march-27-2020-gathering

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