Fredericksburg Songwriters' Showcase Vyktoria Pratt Keating

When Vyktoria Pratt Keating clears her conscience, be prepared for some imaginative music you won't soon forget. Garnering comparisons to such diverse artists as Kate Bush, XTC, and "Nanci Griffith Meets Lost in Space," Vyktoria's unique sound floats effortlessly on the cutting edge of rock, pop and folk music. Born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area, Vyktoria's humble musical beginnings as a child harmonizing around campfires with her siblings on warm summer nights quickly evolved to include the complex pop stylings of The Beatles and later, the progressive rock movement of the late 60s and early 70s. "About fifteen years ago, I discovered all this great progressive music," she says. "That was about the time I started writing, so it has been the biggest influence on me musically. I love the dreamy expansiveness of early Genesis; stuff you just can't pin down. Kate Bush is simply divine. I listen to a lot of Mike Oldfield. Jethro Tull is my favorite band of all time. I like most things that have a quirkyness to them." Quirky is a word often used to describe Vyktoria's own music. A self-taught musician, her songs are rich with odd time signatures, syncopation and unusual subject matter, while at the same time incorporating an instinctive pop resonance. Her studio releases, Blue Apples and This Guardian at Noon, lean in a rhythmic, atmospheric and adventurous direction, marrying exotic and conventional instruments in a bold and eclectic fashion. Having recently completed a five month, forty-two show tour opening for rock group Jethro Tull, Vyktoria has released her third CD, Something About Driving, a live recording from the tour. She is currently recording her fourth CD with Tull's keyboardist Andrew Giddings producing.

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