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Mika Posen with Scott McCannell (bass) and Katie Hurdon (vocals). All photos by Wassim Farah.

Mirror Maze, innovative pop music from a one-person Ottawa band

By Apartment613 on December 8, 2015

Post by Veronica Lloyd

If you’re from Ottawa, you probably know what it’s like to have to advocate for your city. People often disregard our music scene, comparing it to Montreal and Toronto’s. Nonetheless, events showcasing local talented musicians happen here every day. We may not be the 6, but the 613 is going to be hit with something completely new and exciting this weekend.

Violinist, signer-songwriter and former Timber Timbre band member Mika Posen will be performing at House of Common this Saturday, highlighting the launch of her new solo project MERGANZER and the release of the iconoclast band’s debut album, Mirror Maze.

12232670_493601170764951_929900476031024663_oSimilar to the one-man rock band Tame Impala (Kevin Parker), Posen creates her own music with the “Mikatron”, a keyboard made up of samples of herself playing the violin, modified to sound like various instruments assembled to create harmonious indie melodies. Produced from her own vision, not only does Posen play an artistic and creative version of pop music, but she has ultimately created a new genre of music, unique from what is out there now.

Composed during her stay in Berlin in 2013, Mirror Maze has a foreign feel to it. This album was inspired by the tumultuous events Posen was experiencing at the time, having left everything behind her to move overseas.  Nevertheless, the Ottawa native and Lisgar High School graduate wanted to finish off the record with a touch of home by collaborating with people within the community: she recorded with Dave Draves at the Little Bullhorn recording studio and features the work of Ottawa artist, Timothy I. Smith on the album cover.

Over the course of her musical career, Posen has played with Canadian folk signer Basia Bulat, the Danish singer-songwriter Agnes Obel, Forest City Lovers and Timber Timbre amongst many others.

This Saturday, Posen will be presenting her new project alongside the band BOSVELD at House of Common (11b Fairmont Ave.) from 8pm to 11pm. For more information, visit the Facebook event.