Arguably one of the most influential female recording artists of the late 20th century, Joni Mitchell’s music has stood the test of time. In Circle Game: Reimagining the Music of Joni Mitchell, Andrew Cohen and Anna Kuman have taken thirty songs from Joni Mitchell’s massive discography and created a show featuring the familiar and the more obscure for a new generation.
While many of Mitchell’s songs will be immediately recognizable by those familiar with her work, others may be less-so as Cohen and Kuman give individual songs an indie rock, gospel, blue grass and even an East Coast back kitchen treatment.
The show we called “as near perfect as a show can be” during its initial run in 2017 features six quadruple-threats – Benjamin Millman, Scott Perrie, Adriana Ravalli, Kimmy Choi, Samantha Bourque and David Z. Cohen – who create modern variations of the songs from the Canadian icon like you’ve never heard them before.
Vancouver Presents contributing editor Mark Robins went inside the Firehall Arts Centre in East Vancouver for a sneak peek at the show and to chat with Cohen and Kuman.
Circle Game: Reimagining the Music of Joni Mitchell plays the Firehall Arts Centre (280 E Cordova St, Vancouver) January 12 to February 9 before going on tour. Visit firehallartscentre.ca for tickets and information.