Written by Craig Fleisch
Tash on Vancouver’s radar
Summer concerts are back in full swing and everyone is taking advantage of the live music scene. An upcoming concert on my radar and should be on yours is the one and only Tash Sultana. Sultana reigns from Melbourne, Australia and has been captivating crowds since the age of 13. They rose to fame, began as a busker on the streets of Melbourne. However, it was not until 2016 when they were recording “Jungle” in their bedroom that the artist known as Tash Sultana caught the world by fire. The video was uploaded and within days reached a million views (it now has more than 145 million). Fast forward, they have broken attendance records across sold out global arena tours. In 2019 alone, Sultana sold over half a million tickets across the globe.
Tash Sultana plays a large variety of instruments which include piano, keyboard, synth, bass, drums/percussion, beat making/sampling, beatboxing, trumpet, saxophone, flute, mandolin, oud, harmonica, lapsteel, and panpipes. They play as a one-person band, arranging it into loop style performances along with percussive and finger tapping style guitar playing. Sultana has a vocal range stretching 5 octaves.
It is an ethereal experience seeing them perform live. Their sound masterfully traverses soul, funk, RnB, folk, rock, hip hop, blues, and psychedelic influences, meshing genre-defying sounds harmoniously to make something completely unique. On-stage they command your attention as they play each instrument individually looping it together.
If you close your eyes and let the music take you away, you might think you’re standing in front of a full piece band and forget for just a moment everything you hear is coming from one very talented musician. It takes an artist of a certain calibre to be able to write, produce, engineer and artistically manage their entire discography. That is no easy feat for any musician and no wonder why the Australian songwriter has become a global sensation.
Currently, Sultana is on their North American leg of their 2022 World tour. Vancouver, BC is the last Canadian city they’ll touch down in before heading to the U.S. then Europe and finally their home country of Australia. Their next six shows are SOLD OUT including Vancouver, and I am sure countless more will follow as they traverse the globe. Whilst in Vancouver they will be performing at the Orpheum theatre.
The Orpheum is home to Vancouver’s symphony orchestra and has a seating capacity of 2,672. If you were one of the lucky ones to grab a ticket to the upcoming performance this Saturday July 16th, 2022 you are in for a treat.