ISABEL AND THE UNCOMMONS
Isabel Fryszberg and the Uncommons performs as a full band, duo or trio featuring some of Toronto’s finest musicans ( John Switzer, Rebecca Campbell, Paul Brennan, Cleave Anderson, Tony Quarrington, Wendell Ferguson, Steve Briggs, Noah Zacharin) at many of Toronto’s live music venues (Relish, Tranzac, The Local, The Cameron etc)
The music is original, songs written by Isabel Fryszberg as well as a number of co writes. The style is folk music with country, rock, jazz/blues americana flavors. There are also some tasty covers, some classic blue grass songs, old time jazz or country added seamlessly to the repertoire. One recent audience member said after a show '“ the music is emotional and the performance and band members really entertaining!”
She is currently working on an EP of new songs working under the title, "Is this What We’re Living For?” with producer Mitch Girio, guitarist Steve Briggs and members of Isabel and the Uncommons. These are song about the times and challenges we are living in.
Relish Bar and Grill , Thursday, March 28, 2019 7:30-9:00 Isabel and the Uncommon full band (John Switzer, Noah Zacharin, Paul Brennan, and Rebecca Campbell)
The Local Tuesday, January 29, 2019 9:00 -12:00PM Isabel and the Uncommon full band (John Switzer, Noah Zacharin, Paul Brennan, and Rebecca Campbell)
Tranzac Club Wednesday, October 31, 2018 7:30-9:30 PM Isabel and the Uncommons Full Band ( John Switzer, Noah Zacharin, Paul Brennan, and Rebecca Campbell)
Toronto Terminal 1 YYZ Friday, Dec 7, 2018 7:30-9:30 PM Isabel and the Uncommons Band ( Isabel Fryszberg, Steve Briggs, John Switzer, and Paul Brennan)
ALBUM: HEARTS AND ARROWS
In 2014 Isabel released her own solo debut album of original songs, country and folk inspired called, Hearts and Arrows supported by an ace band, Isabel & The Uncommons produced by Don Kerr. Isabel won the singer songwriter award for her live performance of her song, “ Something Sacred,” at the New Market Arts Council (Nov. 2015). Another track, "New Moon" was chosen to be part of a city initiative, Toronto 311, which brings local artists’ music to the 311 system. Recently New Moon has been acquired by Crucial Music, a film and television publishing library. She has received radio play by CBC, Folk Routes Radio and other national and international community and internet radio stations.
LISTEN TO FOLK ROOTS RADIO INTERVIEW WITH JAN HALL
CREATING MUSIC FOR HEALING
In 2015 she collaborated with the members Creative Works Studio to create the album Coming Out of Darknes , also produced by Don Kerr. Isabel founded Creative Works Studio in Toronto to help people with mental health and addiction issues find creative self expression through music and visual arts. Fryszberg composed the music and facilitated group lyric writing to express and give voice to the members in this community who have never sung or written music before. In 2016 the Album, “Coming Out of Darkness,” by the Social Mystic (the name of this band) was released.
ABOUT THE MUSICIAN
Isabel was the founding member together with Lenka Lichtenberg, and one of the lead singers of award winning klezmer-swing sextet, Sisters of Sheynville, (2004-2011). Her parents were both Polish-Jewish immigrants and Yiddish was Fryszberg's first languge. The band was a way to keep Yiddish alive after her mother died. The band toured and played festivals in Poland, San Francisco, Washington, Vancouver, to Montreal and acquired the Canadian Folk Music Award (2008) for Vocal Group of The Year for their album, Sheynville Express.