PT performer unveils latest album, songbook via virtual launch party

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Posted 11/12/20

If a person adept in three areas is a triple threat, Port Townsend’s Phina Pipia is an arsenal unto herself.

A player of multiple instruments (including the sousaphone) and lyricist, …

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PT performer unveils latest album, songbook via virtual launch party

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If a person adept in three areas is a triple threat, Port Townsend’s Phina Pipia is an arsenal unto herself.

A player of multiple instruments (including the sousaphone) and lyricist, she’s also a writer, vocalist, dancer, actor, mentalist, and magician.

Ta-da!

And, for her latest trick, she has conjured up a new album and corresponding songbook set to be released via a virtual launch party Saturday, Nov. 14.

“The album includes a selection of all-original works on vocals, guitar, tuba, bass, and piano,” Pipia said. “The songbook provides lyrics and sheet music for each piece, with corresponding illustrations in watercolor and gouache.”

“Outside of the Movies” features songs about prizefighters and red balloons, broken hearts and elephants, townspeople sailing the high seas in old umbrellas, and the moon counting sheep to cure his insomnia.

Each track tells a vivid story, inviting the listener into a world that’s intricately woven, the artist said.

“I’m so excited to share these original works,” Pipia said. “It’s a thrill to pair the recordings with a physical book that gives audiences the chance to take the songs home in a tangible form.”

Pipia’s work has been lauded as “gorgeously imagined” by The Visitorium, “charming as hell” by The Montreal Gazette, and “prolific, inventive, and magical,” by The Leader.

She has worked professionally as a dancer, actor, musician, and magician; touring and performing both in the United States and abroad.

Her original shows have been produced on the West Coast, in New York City, and abroad, and she is currently touring a solo music show, working as half of the double sousaphone duo The Pipia Sisters, and as the co-creator and performer of mind-reading and magic show “The Psychic Dynasty.”

Her new solo theater work “Ha Ha Da Vinci” includes a script crafted in residence at Centrum Foundation for the Arts with funding from the Port Townsend Arts Commission and support from The Chameleon Theater and will premier next year.

Attendance at the release party is free (donations will be accepted) and the audience will get to listen to songs from the album and view artwork from the songbook.

Seats can be reserved and albums and books preordered at www.phinapipia.com.

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