Since she can remember Tereza Tomek has felt most at home while expressing herself creatively. Her lifelong fascination with animals and nature, however, led her to pursue a life in science. One summer while taking a Marine Biology field course she started a seaweed themed musical project called “The Phycs” with several other bio-musically inclined students. It was very nerdy, and very successful in this small, seaside science community. Before long their romantic tribute to Red Algae, “Oh Rhodophyta”, could be heard hummed all across the boardwalk. It was after this experience that Tereza realized she might be better suited with a guitar in her hand than a microscope slide.
Being as Tereza’s two homelands share common passions for beer, hockey, and free speech her eagerness to share her voice comes as no surprise. Tereza immigrated to Canada at a young age but grew up with the pond monsters, spoiled princesses, and white ladies of haunted castles from traditional Czech folk tales and songs. This strong sense of imagery and mystery has stayed with her and weaves its way into her songwriting.
Tereza is a clever wordsmith who writes lyrically-driven songs inspired by people, places, struggles, and history. They will tell you tales of characters you never expected to meet but are glad you did, such as a West Coast Trail lighthouse keeper at the turn of the century, a girl whose receives a life-saving organ transplant because of a strangers tragedy, and a tree with a bad case of wanderlust. They are sprinkled with vivid imagery and themes of nature, isolation, grief, restlessness, exploration, defiance, and love. Though sometimes the story is told through the eyes of others, her songs are deeply personal and rooted in the empathy that binds us all. Audiences can expect unique songwriting delivered with richly toned vocals, catchy guitar riffs, and a captivating stage presence.
Tereza has been in the studio in Cumberland, BC the past year recording her debut full-length album, Crytozoology, with producer Corwin Fox for release February 2013. She has released two EP’s, Bowron Bird EP (2012) and Lost Causes (2011). Tereza recently returned from a BC/Alberta tour and has performed regularly in her hometown of Vancouver. She also toured through Mexico and Central America in early 2011, winning fans from fellow globetrotters along the way. In December she will be embarking on a trip to Eastern Europe where she will be working on a concept album about the revolutionary history of the area, followed by a cross-Canada spring and summer tour.