Saltland/Rebecca Foon





Bio

Composer and cellist Rebecca Foon has been a fixture of the Montréal music community for two decades, performing and recording in a wide array of contexts, most notably as co-founder of the modern chamber post-rock ensemble Esmerine, as a member of Thee Silver Mt Zion Memorial Orchestra (2001-2008) and Set Fire To Flames (2001-2004), and more recently at the helm of her electro-acoustic songwriting project Saltland. With these four entities, Foon has performed around the world and released over a dozen albums on various imprints. Esmerine’s 2013 album Dalmak won the Canadian music industry’s Juno Award for Best Instrumental Album and the band’s 2015 album Lost Voices was a finalist in this same category, along with winning the award for Best Album Package. Following a series of six critically-acclaimed releases by Esmerine and Saltland from 2011-2017, Foon began working on new solo music featuring a heightened emphasis on vocals and piano, with her first eponymous release arriving in February 2020.

Foon is co-founder of Pathway to Paris, the international concert series devoted to expanding awareness and mobilization around the Paris Agreement, which has brought together musicians like Patti Smith, Thom Yorke, Cat Power, Michael Stipe, Joan Baez, Bob Weir, Flea and Talib Kwali along with writers and environmental activists like Bill McKibben, Naomi Klein and Vandana Shiva, at events in venues ranging from Le Poisson Rouge and City Winery in NYC to The Masonic in San Francisco, Le Trianon in Paris, and Carnegie Hall. Pathway To Paris launched the 1000 Cities Initiative for Carbon Freedom in partnership with the United Nations Development Program in 2017, supporting cities to transition off of fossil fuels by 2040. Foon is also the co-founder of Junglekeepers, which since 2014 has been protecting over 27,000 acres of pristine rainforest concessions in the Las Piedras region of Peru, protecting the land from illegal logging, mining and poaching, training and employing local park rangers, and supporting a biodiversity research station.

Foon was additionally a member of the instrumental trios The Mile End Ladies String Auxiliary and Fifths of Seven, each of which released an album in the mid-2000s, and she has been a guest musician on many recordings by artists as diverse as Carla Bozulich/Evangelista, Patrick Watson, Vic Chesnutt, British Sea Power, Little Scream, Richard Reed Parry's Quiet River of Dust, Grant Hart, Hrsta and Land Of Kush. She has performed collaboratively with Patti Smith, Laurie Anderson and Tanya Tagaq among many others. She was part of the National Parks Project music commission in 2011, played strings in concert for Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds in 2013, and is a core member of Colin Stetson’s ensemble for Sorrow (A Reimagining of Gorecki’s Third Symphony) and Sam and Brett Green's live documentary along with Brendan Canty (Fugazi) and James Canty.

contact@saltland.ca

MANAGEMENT

ENVISION // Ryhna Thompson // ryhna@envisionmanagement.com

LABEL

Constallation // dan@cstrecords.com

BOOKING

CAN/INTL: Envision // Ryhna Thompson // rhyna@envisionmanagement.com

USA: Inland Empire // Robin Taylor // robin@inlandempiretouring.com

PRESS

CAN/USA: Constallation // graham@cstrecords.com

Rebecca Foon Participates in Virtual Celebration of World Environment Day

Rebecca Foon joins incredible musicians and activists from around the world for 350.org's virtual celebration of World Environment Day! Listen to performances from Patti Smith, Jack Johnson, Patrick Watson, Rebecca Foon and others here!


Saltland releases 'A Common Truth'

"Rebecca Foon’s second album as Saltland is a bona fide stunner. Potentially one of the most beautiful records you’ll hear this year. It makes sweet misery out of melody while articulating a forlorn yet rousing sense of hope." – The Skinny ★★★★


I Thought It Was Us But It Was All Of Us

Saltland is the new project led by Montreal-based cellist Rebecca Foon, best known as a founding member of contemporary chamber group Esmerine and a former member of Thee Silver Mt. Zion and Set Fire To Flames. Foon began composing solo work in 2010, featuring multi-layered cello and hushed vocals at the intersection of drone, no-wave, improv, dream-pop and minimalism.


Saltland plays with Moonface

Beck Foon's latest project Saltland, whose first album was released on May 14, will be joining Spencer Krug's Moonface for two dates in the US next month: on November 8 at Underground Arts in Philadelpia and on November 9 at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City. Also, check out the new video that was just released for the track ICA by visual artist Brad Todd.