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Isabel & the Uncommons

Isabel Fryszberg is a singer, fiddler, and songwriter based in Toronto. A founding member of acclaimed klezmer-swing sextet, Sisters of Sheynville (2005-2011), Isabel makes her solo debut with her recently released album, Hearts and Arrows (Nov. 2014).

Isabel has been writing music for the past 15 years, mostly during intense moments in her life. The end of a personal relationship in September 2012 was the catalyst for her solo project, Hearts and Arrows. Her love of roots music and its traditions has been a constant companion and inspires the songs she writes and loves to sing.

Hearts and Arrows, spans the range of emotions of the human heart. Each song springs uniquely from true stories of picking up the pieces after a broken relationship. Although she understands the challenges of heartbreak, Isabel’s music remains hopeful, coloured with courage, humour and sass. Her genre-jumping songs come from the music she loves, embracing rock and roll, Americana, Appalachian fiddle music, Tin Pan Alley and traditional jazz.

For her debut album, Isabel collaborates with her band, Isabel & The Uncommons, which features some of Toronto’s finest musicians: producer and drummer Don Kerr (Ron Sexsmith, Rheostatics), guitarist Steve Briggs (Russell DeCarle, Quartette, Michael Brennan), and bassist Dennis Pendrith (Stuart Mclean’s Vinyl Cafe, Bruce Cockburn, Mose Scarlett) and Rosalyn Dennett (The Living Daylight Stringband, Oh My Darling) on fiddle, banjo and harmonies.

Isabel is also a renaissance woman, known for her work as a documentary filmmaker and occupational therapist and her pioneering work at the Creative Works Studio.

"Hearts and Arrows, is uncommonly good, and it merges country, folk, jazz and pop styles in carefree yet always convincing fashion. Isabel is a strong songwriter, with material ranging from the double-entendres of “A Man That Can Drive” to the retro jazz of “New Moon” and the haunting “Something Sacred”. She sure hits the target here." Kerry Doole Canadian Music Review

“…it was only a matter of time until sparkplug Isabel Fryszberg made her solo recording debut. Hearts and Arrows is allegedly autobiographical, a musically diverse collection of musings on love found, love that’s become expired, broken or lost, love that should have been…if you came for the voice and the heartbreak, Isabel delivers the goods with an uncommon authenticity.”
- Cashbox Magazine Canada, Nov. 2014