Baritone vocalist, new folk songwriter Kris Orlowski writes from a real, unguarded place and that accessibility is tangible on stage and off. Pieces We Are, his new five song EP, features a 17-piece orchestra and keeps Kris evolving in sound with songwriting at the core of his future.
“Though I call both Bellingham and Seattle home, I’ve always loved to move around. I get restless if I’m in one spot for too long. Shifting from town-to-town, meeting new folks, and trying out a variety of lifestyles and opportunities appeals to me. I think that it stems from relocating so much as a kid, or perhaps simply I’m a child of the A.D.D. generation. I’ve always blamed the artist within me for my fickle attention span, but keeping things fresh and interesting that has strengthened my songwriting.
I’ve noticed the songs that I write reflect those experiences and take-on their own lifestyle change. After eight years of traveling to perform, these songs have gone on their own tour with various types of exposure, from an intimate telling at a Polish pub, to a grand performance in a world class theater backed by a seventeen piece orchestra. I’ve enjoyed the raw, amplified sounds of playing as a five-piece band, and adding a quartet or orchestra to any given show to provide notes of emotional depth and cinema.
As we march into the New Year, the band remains focused on the evolution of the song. There is a new spirit to our vantage as we approach the creation of a full length album. While I still hear collective notes of hope, reflection and discovery, there seems a shift, another voice emerging – one that grows louder as we take to the road.