Ari Swan’s music combines strings, voice, and electronic effects to create complex sounds that reflect diverse musical interests. Her compositions contain the complexity of her classical training but are influenced by pop and electronics sensibilities. She is inspired by artists such as Björk, Brian Eno, Donovan, Philip Glass, as well as pop artists like Rihanna, Beyonce, Air, MIA, Sia, F.K.A. Twigs, and anyone else willing to walk against the tide.
In September of 2013, Ari released her debut solo EP Symphony Plastique. Engineered and produced by Juno award winner Jamie Thompson (Esmerine, The Unicorns, Reversing Falls), the album combines violin, voice, and percussion with electronic effects and unconventional recording techniques. The album has received praise from critics, who describe the music as “fun, playful, and at times intricate; a true symphonic debut” (CJLO Magazine) and “honest, accessible, and unique” (Cult MTL). In February of 2014, Ari was named one of Aux Magazine’s “11 Unconventional Canadian Singer-Songwriters You Need to Hear”. Ari Swan has appeared at several Montreal festivals, including Pop Montreal, Passovah, One Man Band, and Suoni per il Popolo.
Moving forward, Ari’s work will continue to explore incorporating video, improvisation, dance, and electronics. She is continue collaborating with several Montreal-based musicians, including Ingrid Wissink, Reve Sonores, Jackie Gallant, and Wotet. She’s excited to release a new single (recorded and produced by Pietro Amato of the Luyas, ft. Stef Schneider on percussion) and accompanying video (with the help of directors Jackie Gallant and Sarah Williamson).