Folk Festival 2019
La Force is Ariel Engle, veteran of Broken Social Scene and ARoarA. Together with her husband and BSS bandmate Andrew Whiteman, Engle has been a stalwart on the Montréal music scene for the last 15 years. Being in band together and having a young daughter, they felt something had to give. When an attempted collaboration was causing more strife than music, Whiteman convinced Engle that she needed to step out on her own and thus was La Force created.
The solo flight allowed Engle’s eclectic influences to flourish. As part of a family that traveled extensively throughout her childhood, Engle has a knowledge and passion for many musical styles and very few mental barriers to interesting music. Her music is anchored in a persistent curiosity about its consciousness-altering potential, particularly the kind of spiritual mind-bending that drone music (the precursor to trance) was created to produce. She blends a passion for the subversive power of a woman’s voice with trance-like lo-fi melodies and rhythms, with the whole becoming sublimely greater than the sum of its parts.
Biography by Shereen Samuels
A solo performance
Thursday July 25, 2019
6:55 PM – 7:40 PM · NATIONAL Twilight Stage