Music is back at Aster Cafe!
Aster Cafe & Waltzing on Waves presents an evening of World Cabaret; featuring Ritika & Shinjan (Folk Duo/Composers) Daniel Volovets (Classical Flamenco Guitarist/Composer, & Marti Moreno (Singer-Songwriter/Performing Artist) $15
Friday, August 6 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Join us as local performing and recording artist, Waltzing on Waves hosts a sensual musical experience filled with genre-fluid, era-defying, Multi-Cultural, Multi-Lingual, and Multi-disciplinary World Cabaret, curated for the musically curious.
Waltzing on Waves is the solo act of Twin Cities-based Performing/Recording Artist & Neurodiversity/Mental Health Advocate, Jen Bluhm. Jen carries a special appreciation for the bittersweet places, the preciously awkward paces, and the esoteric spaces that music can identify & elevate in the hearts & minds of humans. Generous, authentic, funny, sultry, & poignant, WoW cuts straight to the heart & dances you through heights & depths with her genre-bending musical stylings, effortless & iridescent vocals, her sincere & intelligent lyrics, & her rich, enchanting melodies.
Jen Bluhm, a classically trained vocalist, has learned to master her voice well, accessing techniques and devices from many different styles of music from Opera to American Roots. She is a prolific songwriter & composer, a recipient of the American Composers Forum’s 2018 Minnesota Emerging Composer Award (MECA – supported by Jerome Foundation), an Award-nominated film composer, and a gifted multi-instrumentalist. In recent months, she has expanded her musical career through adding freelance commercial vocals and composing for film, television, advertisements, & web content to her skillset, as well as making her own music available for sync & licensing.
Waltzing on Waves’ live show blends the dynamics of the theatre with the discovery of a TedTalk; the relatability of a mother (who could’ve had a career in stand-up comedy), glued together with heartache and hope. Experiencing WoW live is like receiving an unexpected & deeply thoughtful gift. Her demonstration of vocal technique & power is only topped by moments of tenderness, restraint, & vulnerability. Whether it be at the piano, ukulele, or acoustic guitar; or the moments in between, Waltzing on Waves is truly a one-woman show, both dynamic & intimate, that you won’t want to miss – regardless of the time signature.
Jen’s connection with the Neurodiversity and Mental Health Movement began with the discovery and acceptance of her own neurodivergent mind, facilitated by the recognition and appreciation of the minds & ways of her neurodivergent children. She celebrates and embraces daily the beauty and depth that Neurominorities contribute to our world while acknowledging the limitations and adversity the disabled, the “disordered”, and the “different” navigate every day.
As a neurodivergent artist, WoW is so very familiar and directly affected by the obstacles disabled artists and audiences face when it comes to fully participating in live music events. Jen is moving in the direction of offering consultation to venues and event coordinators who desire to be inclusive and accessible to the Neurodivergent Community at large. Even though all of her life is experienced through her neurological differences, Jen understands that people need a little encouragement to find the value of being “cross-neurotype competent”. Because her art form and platform are one – most apparent in her live performances – Waltzing on Waves’ audiences always leave with little nuggets of understanding and new language that is flowing out of the Neurodiversity Movement. Mental Health advocacy is a very important topic within the Neurodivergent Community and is woven into the overall narrative of the stories she shares. She believes in the power of speaking her reality into a microphone without shame (even though it can be daunting at times) in order that those who are secretly struggling will perhaps move closer to radical acceptance of themselves and their reality.
In addition to the advocacy work that just seems to happen everywhere she goes, Jen is an occasional contributor to and collaborator with various blogs and YouTube Channels that focus on the Neurodiversity Movement and the Neurodivergent Experience. She has served as a consultant to the board and performs with The Hive: A Femme Collaborative – Minneapolis/St. Paul Femme artists and players supporting each other through live performance opportunities, skill expansion, community, & mentorship.
Diversity, in all of its forms, and inclusivity are often at the forefront of Jen’s mind when she is working and collaborating with others, but she is also an introvert and an individualist who is finding her own path in both the music industry and the Neurodiversity Movement.
Music 9-11 pm
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