Vocalist and flutist Artemis Robison got her start performing on her own and as a member of Desolation Angels (not to be confused with the British heavy metal band of the same name) in the Bay Area sometime in the mid-'90s. One of the founding members of the San Francisco-based music collective and record company RTFM, Robison started collaborating with fellow RTFMer David Earle in 1998 in an effort to find a vehicle for the songs she had been working on. The result was a blend of trip-hop and ambient pop accented by Robison's soothing alto vocals, a sound that would eventually have the band compared to performers like Björk, Sarah McLachlan, and Everything But the Girl. Performing under the name Artemis, Robison, and Earle were joined by fellow Bay Area musician Keith Crusher on the group's first album, Undone, which was released in 2001. Daniel Berkman and Rena Jones joined Artemis around this time, and the group spent the next couple years playing shows in the Bay Area. In 2003 Robison spent two months in northern Scotland in order to rest up and work on new material. Returning to San Francisco refreshed and ready to work on her new songs, Robison started recording Artemis' first full-length, Gravity, in 2004. The album was released on RTFM in 2005, and the group went on its first U.K. tour that same year.
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Jazz - Released September 11, 2020 | Blue Note Records
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Super groups are often over marketed and rather dull. However, this appears to be the complete opposite with Artemis’s debut album, released on Blue Note Records. Behind the Artemis name, Greek Goddess of nature, the hunt and childbirth, are seven internationally acclaimed female musicians, each masters of their craft. At the head of this multi generational roundup, the Canadian pianist and musical director of the project, Renee Rosnes has brought together the Israeli clarinetist Anat Cohen, the Chilean tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana, the Canadian trompettiste Ingrid Jensen, the Japanese double bassist Noriko Ueda, the American drummer Allison Miller, and on two tracks, the Franco-American vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant. ‘Each member of Artemis is a unique individual, and this is what music needs, artistic versatility!’, explains Cohen. ‘It’s the people that make life interesting and that make music captivating’. The group’s identity has flourished organically thanks to the seven musicians, each expressing their own vison and perspective yet maintaining a strong homogeneity throughout the record. For Jensen, ‘the character of the Greek Goddess Artemis reveals the energy and the broad musical horizons that our band brings on stage’. This is where the success of the record, focused on natural unification, shines. This vast album, comprised mainly of original compositions also features eclectic covers of The Fool On The Hill by the Beatles, Cry Buttercup, Cry, popularised by Maxine Sullivan, The Sidewinder by Lee Morgan and If It’s Magic by Stevie Wonder. Expert in her field, Renee Rosnes’ musical arrangements capture and cement the artistic creativity of each member. This super group, entirely female in its line-up, sends a strong message to the male dominated jazz world. Artemis’ music is beautiful, intelligent, and challenges the preconceived ideas of the jazz genre. ©️ Marc Zisman/Qobuz
Hip-Hop/Rap - Released March 16, 2012 | FM Records
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