WEEKEND: Port Townsend sisters bring special brand of music to downtown venue Saturday

By Diane Urbani de la Paz
Peninsula Daily News

PORT TOWNSEND — You'll head home humming and smiling, the two sisters promise.

Phina and Sophie Pipia, Port Townsend natives, are back together again for a concert of original songs at Better Living Through Coffee, 100 Tyler St., this Saturday night.

“It's going to be a really fun community event,” said Phina, the 26-year-old elder of the two.

Admission to the 6:30 p.m. show is by donation, and music lovers of all ages are invited. Proceeds will help the Pipia sisters take their musical production, “Crook of My Dreams,” to the St. Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival next June.

The sisters, together with a performing ensemble they formed in New York City, have long wanted to present at festivals like the one in Montreal.

“The fringe setting is the perfect place for our imaginative style and unconventional use of music, dance and theater,” said Sophie.

On Saturday night, the sisters will dish out songs “with really interesting, unexpected ­lyrics,” added Phina. The numbers are about bathrobes, living in Port Townsend, the moon, the sun and sandwiches. Both sisters sing while Phina plays guitar and Sophie switches from ukulele to keyboard to accordion.

Phina and Sophie formed a theater troupe while living in New York City, and then returned to Port Townsend, where their father, Joey Pipia, is a performing artist and theater director.

Sophie, 22, lives in Berkeley, Calif., these days, and is also home for the holidays. Saturday's show “is going to be a lighthearted time, a post-Christmas unwind kind of thing,” added Phina.

As for “Crook of My Dreams,” the Pipia sisters hope to take it to fringe festivals in Seattle and Victoria as well as Montreal.

The Quebec city is a good place to start the fringe circuit, Phina said.

“We're excited to represent Port Townsend,” she added. “Our community is an incredible inspiration.”

For more information about the Pipia sisters, see their website, goatrocket.com, or phone 360-774-2965.

Last modified: December 27. 2013 12:44AM
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