Annabelle Chvostek is a Toronto-based singer, composer and producer whose music harkens back to the grittiness of 1930s tango, vaudeville and swinging Hot Club jazz. Throughout her career, Chvostek has composed music for dance and film, co-written songs with Bruce Cockburn, and played with the folk band The Wailin’ Jennys.

Chvostek’s new album String of Pearls brings together her Canadian singer-songwriter tradition and the nostalgia of her East European heritage along with a long-standing connection to Uruguay. The songs were arranged and co-produced in Montevideo by long-time collaborator, composer and multi-instrumentalist Fernando Rosa, who gathered some of Uruguay’s top tango and classical musicians to add to an already stellar lineup of musicians from Toronto’s jazz manouche community.

For the New Music Spotlight, Chvostek joined us to talk about the cross-cultural sound and intrinsic resilience of her latest album.