10 to Watch: Aisha Burns

10 to Watch: Aisha Burns

Aisha Burns | Musician

The violinist in the local instrumental ensemble Balmorhea, Burns stepped out on her own this year to release “Life in the Midwater,” a nuanced and delicately-powerful folk album Burns has been quietly working on since 2010. Her first press? “Somehow the first thing that came out about the album was on NPR’s World Café,” Burns laughs. “So…good things are happening?!”

Catch me up to date on your last year.
Well, this time last year, I was in the thick of mixing “Life in the Midwater” with Michael Landon, who also engineered the record. The process was kind of drawn out, as I jumped out on the road with Balmorhea for a full U.S. tour literally a few days after I finished tracking. I spent the fall/winter getting the mixes done and moving through the stages of artwork with my designer Bethany Bauman. All the prep of getting the actual physical record together and finding people to help promote it always takes way longer than you originally imagine[…]

What new projects does 2014 hold for you?
I’m still figuring all of that out. I’m talking with some promoters about putting together a European tour in the spring…The year prior to this one was pretty rough for me, and had me moving around a lot. And between touring with Balmorhea, Idyl (another band I play violin in), and traveling on my own for work and play, I haven’t been home for more than three weeks at a time since early June. So as excited as I am to tour and share this record with everyone, I’m also really looking forward to being in Austin for a couple months and not going anywhere…

What’s one thing in town you are really loving right now?
I am obsessed with the migas taco at Veracruz All Natural. I have no idea what it is about this specific taco...but I find myself daydreaming about this thing.

What has been the proudest moment of your career so far?
Being featured on NPR’s World Café was exciting. That was the first piece of press for the record, and it appeared months before the record’s release. I listen to NPR pretty frequently, and I had no idea they were going to cover it like they did. It was a strange feeling to make the record and then keep it to myself for a year until all the prep work was done. I remember the day I heard that broadcast as the first time that the record felt real to me.