New independent sounds from Westland, Michigan
Though its name evokes images of a land with towering trees, winding rivers, and vast lakes, The Timbre of Cedar is rooted in the burgeoning urban forest of Metro Detroit. Cutting through the peripheral noise of sonic and existential monotony, the five-piece musical collective crafts a refreshing brand of anthemic indie-rock, inspired and instilled with a transparency of the soul and a yearning for grace.
Beginning in 2014, The Timbre of Cedar grew organically from a simply-planted seed: a gift of studio time from Sam Parham (bass) to then-girlfriend Marrissa LeClair (lead vocals), now a married couple and the driving force behind the band. The musical project blossomed into tangible reality with the release of a self-titled EP and the addition of Alex Rahill on guitar and twin brothers Eric Grzyb on drums and Andrew Grzyb on guitar. Five years later the band is deep-rooted in their craft, toiling at the hearts of listeners to cultivate a sense of belonging and spread a message of hope.
The Timbre of Cedar has branched out to support acts like Alice Merton, The New Respects, House of Heroes, Citizens, Flint Eastwood, Sanctus Real, Mike Mains and Vesperteen. The band has performed at venues and festivals such as The Ark, The Blind Pig, 20 Front Street, Spring Arbor University, Wayne State University, Arts, Beats & Eats (MI), Riverlights Music Festival (IN), Big Ticket Festival (MI), and Icthus Music Festival (KY). The Timbre of Cedar’s song “Restoring the Light” is in regular rotation on HOME.fm in Spring Arbor and band has been featured on WYCE in Grand Rapids and live on WDIV-TV in Detroit.
Opening is ocalist and pianist Morgan Zinn, also known by her stage name Mōzi, who developed a unique sound; blending pop and indie folk to create an easy listening experience for all. Based out of Saint Ignace, MI, the singer-songwriter, began with her debut single “Honey + Tea” off of her 7 track EP, “HUMAN”. ’Mōzi's debut project was launched by Kickstarter in early February 2018. It was fully funded and exceeded its goal two weeks into the launch! Her EP was recorded at Vanguard Room in Lakeland, FL with producer Evan Eliason.