Born and classically trained in Poland, Marta Jaciubek-McKeever has been playing piano since the age of four. In Poland she became immersed in the teachings of Emile Jaques–Dalcroze and his studies of Eurythmics, which led her to experiment with spur-of-the-moment performances and an ongoing series of improvisational pieces. She studied music at UBC while touring and recording with her critically acclaimed band Girl Nobody. Marta further studied Eurythmics at the Kaufman Music Center in New York. It was there that she collaborated with Apartment Therapy founder Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan on Nursery Radio, an online radio show for children. Marta is currently working on a children’s album and book under the name Martunia. For over 10 years she has been the frontwoman of e.s.l., the Vancouver-based chamber pop band. She has also toured extensively with the conceptual post-pop project Fan Death. Marta teaches piano, music theory, voice and performs children’s workshops at folk festivals all over Canada.
After studying journalism and communications at University of Winnipeg and later at SFU, Juliana Moore joined forces with Hobo Magazine in 2007 as their staff writer and Associate Editor. For over a decade she has been working for publications like The Believer, Bad Day and Canadian Dimension, while producing cultural events and live music nights throughout Vancouver. With Blues & Haikus, Juliana brought together musicians, writers, actors and poets on one stage for an experience that was truly human and always fun. She is an active member of “Bobcats,” the New York-based Bob Dylan seminar. You can be sure there’ll be a Dylanism or two in her teachings.
Jen Pearson has been an active member of the Vancouver electronic community since 2004, both as producer and DJ. She has played countless shows around the world and at festivals such as Mutek, Decibel, Communikey and New Forms. Recently, she has become involved with Girls Rock Camp Vancouver, and is an advocate for using music creation as a tool to build self-esteem in youth. She has an undergrad in Communications from Simon Fraser University, and can be found spending her free time in her studio playing with drum machines and synthesizers.
Joy Mullen (AKA Joy On Drums) has been playing the drum kit for 25 years. She maintains an active career writing, recording and touring internationally with a wide variety of artists including e.s.l., Cris Derksen, Rae Spoon, Christa Couture and Miss Quincy. She has performed at major folk festivals across Canada and been featured on film, TV and radio and worked with theater and dance productions as well as performing in schools across the country. She was instrumental in founding Girls Rock Camp Vancouver and teaches group and private lessons.
Diona Davies (DD) started playing the violin at five years old in Port Alberni, B.C. Piano, tuba, trombone, guitar and pretty much everything else followed thereafter. After two years of formal training at the Royal Conservatory/Camosun College for a diploma in teaching and performance in Victoria, B.C., she moved on from the classical focus and started her first band. Since then, Diona has toured the world, immersing herself in the international language of music – playing, teaching and composing. She has played alongside Billy Bragg, Geoff Berner, Carolyn Mark, e.s.l. and Po’ Girl. Currently she is the director of Galiano Island’s Rock Kamp for kids. Kids ages 7-17 come for a week to learn all the skills needed to work in a group environment, create original songs, learn any instrument they want, record an album and perform — all in a week.
Dandilion Wind Opaine is an interdisciplinary artist with an extensive background in electronic music and dance. Her performance art has taken her around the world to places like Mexico, China, Europe, and Russia, and she’s danced in prestigious galleries such as The Met, ICA London, MCA Beijing and Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
Ehren Salazar is a musician and visual artist who was born and raised near Main Street in Vancouver. He attended Emily Carr University (2002-2004) as well as Langara College’s Fine Arts program (1999 & 2009). In 2012, Ehren traveled to Italy with Messors on scholarship to study and practice the art of fresco restoration for the summer. For nearly a decade, Ehren worked as both Creative Director and guard dog of Little Mountain Studios in Mount Pleasant.
Diona Davies and Marta McKeever are 2/5ths of e.s.l., the critically acclaimed chamber pop band from Vancouver who in the past 9 years of playing together have become Canada’s Folk Festival darlings. With e.s.l. scattered all over the country performing with other projects, Marta and Diona have created a unique show that will have you laughing, crying and singing along. Combined they have clocked in over 30 years of touring all over the world and their chemistry, magic and love are palpable.
Bio coming soon.