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BIO

Rachel LeBlanc has been a lot of things, but surprisingly "solo musician" had not been one of them for the Seattle artist until her project Granma began in late 2015. The electronics and vocal-based project's moniker comes the teasing nickname friends gave for her old-fashioned proclivities and her warmth when entertaining guests, the same vibe with which she carries the intention of Granma. LeBlanc's love for pre-war blues, macabre folk standards, and their modern re-imagining through the Freak Folk '00s period is tied into her woven loops, with a harsh but approachable noise layer that envelops listeners' ears like a cozy blanket and a warm cup of tea. Much like in the folk tradition, LeBlanc developed her musical ear not through academia, but by way of storied communal jam sessions and the accumulation of passed down musical knowledge. Not only is this her first foray into solo work, Granma also marks the first time LeBlanc steps away from improvisation and into premeditated pieces.