Contemplative folkie Noah Derksen will be touring across Canada with a stop at the Free Time Cafe in Toronto Oct 27 2016 and at the Brownstone in Orillia, Ont., Oct 28.
Derksen, originally from Winnipeg, is now based in Vancouver having attended U.B.C. where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in science. He is touring his second album, 'In Search of the Way', which will get an official launch at the Park Theatre Oct 19 in his hometown, (Elessar Thiessen will open that show). His debut album 'Man That I Am' was released in January 2015.
Derksen says his folk songs come from a place of contemplation, triggered in part by real life experiences.
“However, there tends to be a component of imagination with each song — an embellishment, if you will. Thus, each song may begin with a concrete thought or experience, which will connect to one that is abstract or theoretical, and by the end of the process I can't quite remember which part was real and which wasn’t,” he says to SlowCity.ca by email.
Derksen says “creativity tends to stem from the abstract, rooted in less of the ‘objective’, adding his background in science gives him an alternative perspective to draw from when songwriting.
“My experiences within both the realms of science and art have led me to believe that the two are in fact extensively connected. However, they just take different approaches,” he says.