July 31, 2003

Via Tania To Travel Coast to Coast, But Will Have Room For Chicago

By Randy J. Klodz

A new Australian songbird will be in Chicago to support her March-released debut LP “Under a Different Sky,” when she makes her appearance as Via Tania (aka Tania May-Bowers) as part of EstroJam which will take place at Park West on Aug. 8.

While currently living in Chicago for the summer, Bowers will embark on her first tour of the States that will take her from coast-to-coast in the span of two weeks. She will make a special late-night Chicago appearance that has her in New York on Thursday, Chicago on Friday and New York again on Saturday. Bowers said that she preferred to work around the Chicago date, but that it fell right in the middle of her tour plans. Though the trek may be tiring, Bowers didn’t seem too concerned. “Hopefully I won’t be too much of a zombie,” she said, “because in New York I’m going to want to hang out for ages. And we usually don’t get much sleep.”

For this show Bowers will be performing her selections solo with her guitar and will often make use of her laptop to create some other forms of ambience. Her music can be best described as something that could be heard during a mellow musical performance at any given coffee shop.

Sort of the whole Norah Jones meets Poe meets Fiona Apple vibe can be found on such selections as “In the Distance” and “Moonlight and Chaos.” Bower’s style of music, as she described is “pretty subtle and very loosely pop music,” a style that’s supported by the song “The Rising.” As the song title suggests, this song raises the tempo to a typical pop song level with her soft voice often echoing behind scratchy guitar work and twangy bass.

EstroJam is a series of events that take place from city to city, usually showcasing local female musical talent. This event is scheduled to remain in Chicago from Aug. 7 until Aug. 10 with plenty of music and activities planned throughout the city.

Park West is at 322 W. Armitage Ave. Tickets for this 18+ event can only be purchased in advance via outlets such as www.musictoday.com. Bowers will be appearing directly before the headlining Cat Power is to take the stage. For more information on Via Tania, log on to www.chocolateindustries.net/viatania.

Tania May-Bowers Photo: Chris Anderson