Fascinated by American and Spanish folk, the singer and multi-instrumentalist discusses classical education and musical mythologies.
When Josephine Foster was a teenager in Colorado, she worked as a singer at weddings and funerals — that sense of the fragility of life has informed her as a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. After releasing her first experiments in the early ’00s, Foster worked as a singing teacher in Chicago and recorded and performed with various folk, free jazz and pop musicians. Her 2005 debut solo album, Hazel Eyes, I Will Lead You, came out on Locust Music, and in the mid-’00s her work explored American gothic and folk storytelling. After meeting her husband, Victor Herrero, and moving to rural Spain, the local folk music inspired her subsequent records. When she and Herrero returned to the US, her music shifted again, drawing on themes such as the native rhythms and geographies of Colorado’s deserts. On her latest album, Faithful Fairy Harmony, Foster plays guitar, piano, organ, harp and autoharp. In this Fireside Chat, she discusses her dream of becoming an opera singer, musical mythologies, leading a stripped-down life and more.