"Looping her voice to produce layers of choral vocals,
van der Zon performed the acapella We are Love with arms outstretched, and it was incredible." Folk Radio UK
Of the Sun
Based in rural Cedar, British Columbia, Canadian musician and multidisciplinary artist
Marian van der Zon is a woman possessed of a considerable breadth of creative talent and achievement, but with extraordinary courage and resolve to match.
A singer-songwriter and inventive banjoist with the quirky alt. folk outfit Puzzleroot between 2009 and 2012, Marian’s new direction for Of the Sun marries soulful dream pop and psych-folk stylings to lyrics and messages of healing, perseverance, spirituality, love and mysticism, borne of a serious vehicle accident in 2013. Considering that for years following that fateful event Marian’s injuries were debilitating to the extent that it caused severe cranial pain and exhaustion to listen to any music with a discernible rhythm, her comeback to once more create and perform her own beautiful music is nothing short of miraculous.
A world removed from Puzzleroot, and dubbed as a direct translation of her surname, in Of the Sun Marian’s voice glides and soars atop loops, electric guitar, piano, and her trusty J. Romero banjo. It is early days for the project, but Of the Sun’s oft-otherworldly songs to date land Marian’s compositions in territory occupied by such contemporaries as Hannah Epperson, Kaia Kater and Wallgrin.
Beside her musical life, Marian’s eye-popping resume boasts numerous sound art/collage projects and membership of the ground-breaking Vancouver Island University-birthed multimedia performance project, Meridian, the group in which Marian made her remarkable stage comeback in 2017. A professor in Media Studies and Women’s Studies at VIU from 2005 until the accident, having also been involved in radio and media activism for over a decade, Marian co-edited the anthological book, Islands of Resistance: Pirate Radio in Canada (New Star Books, 2010).
There is more, much more, but for now, as Marian’s recovery continues, Of the Sun is her principal creative focus, which in the coming months will result in occasional intimate performances and her eagerly anticipated debut album Still Rising. A taste of what is to come can be found here.