Andrea Superstein – Oh Mother

Andrea Superstein – Oh Mother

November 26, 2023

Andrea Superstein: vocals
Chris Gestrin: piano, synth, Rhodes, organ
Carlie Howell: bass
Dan Gaucher: drums
Liam MacDonald: percussion (8)
Jane Bunnett: flute (6)
Rachel Therrien: trumpet (5, 8)
Itamar Erez: guitar (4)
Meredith Bates: violin (4, 9)
Elisa Thorn: harp (7)
Danae Olano: piano (6)
Roberto Riveron: bass (6)
Jorge Luis “Papiosco” Torres: percussion (6)
Ayelet Rose Gottlieb, Joanna Majoko, Elizabeth Shepherd: additional vocals
Kids Choir: Ivy Alexander, Koen Diaz, Cleo Knight, Mela Pietropaolo, Zoe Price, Sadie Sharpe, Nahla Sures, Poppy Tiffin, Zebedee Tiffin, Evan Turner, Leo Zigelman

Oh Mother was inspired by Vancouver vocalist and composer Andrea Superstein’s own experience as a mother. Between the trauma of birthing a baby and all of the physical changes a mother goes through, coupled with balancing a job, feeling out your new role and your place within the world: contrary to popular belief, mothering can be a very isolating experience.

These dark times spurred a lot of questions that Superstein started asking. She wanted to know if the struggles she endured were universal: were they a sign of the times or just hers alone? Superstein interviewed close to 100 mothers to get at the root of motherhood. What were the common experiences, and why were people so afraid or unable to speak their truth?

Based on these conversations she wrote music: some songs are one person’s story, others are of the collective consciousness. Some a stark look at loss, others describe the heart-exploding feeling a parent can have towards their child. The album represents how all of these opposing feelings can coexist and shines a true light on the complicated, delicate, beautiful, traumatic and messy journey that is motherhood.

As a singer “redefining jazz,” Andrea is one of the most versatile voices in music today. Oh Mother is an ambitious tour de force highlighting her ever growing creativity and sensitivity as a songwriter and arranger.  Expect powerful vocals, evoking the gentle and the strong, lithely navigating the colours of the emotional spectrum.

Release Date: Friday, February 9th, 2024 on Cellar Live