Inger Jorgensen and Jeff Pevar met about seven years ago at the Craterian, where Pevar was performing in the trio CPR with David Crosby. - Photo by Bob Pennell

A musical partnership

Vocalist Inger Jorgensen and acclaimed multi-instrumentalist Jeff Pevar complement one another personally as well as musically.

The couple forms the duo Bohemian Soul, started about seven years ago when the musically inclined pair started dating.

"People recognize the partnership and the love between us," says Jorgensen. "We really make a great team."

This week, the duo will perform a sit-down show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 25, in an art-studio space at 280 E. Hersey St., Suite 20, Ashland. They will perform for an Oregon Shakespeare Festival Green Show at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, June 28, in the OSF courtyard.

Also an artist, Jorgensen says she takes a Bohemian, avant-garde approach to most areas of her life, including her music and art.

Bohemian Soul's music is very eclectic, combining R&B, blues, jazz, folk and rock into an original soundscape.

"We use all the genres in all the songs," says Jorgensen. "For the most part, our music is us. It is unique to us."

Their songs' lyrical themes range from "Extraordinary People," celebrating the blessings and power of community, to "Time Moves On," a statement about the brevity of life and "how important it is to live in the movement," says Jorgensen. Many of the songs also reflect Pevar and Jorgensen's relationship, including "The Edge of the World," commemorating a trip to the coast together, and "Upside Down," a humorous song about the reccurring arguments couples have.

While the pair forms the core of Bohemian Soul, Pevar and Jorgensen frequently include friends such as guitarist Joe Diehl, Cornflower, singer and songwriter Jaese Lecuyer and others.

"We have a big musical community, and we love playing with all different kinds of people," says Jorgensen.

However, even as a duo, Pevar and Jorgensen pull off a full-bodied sound thanks to Pevar's "brilliant musicianship" on bass, percussions and stringed instruments as well as his live and prerecorded loops.

"He picks up the bass, sets a loop down, picks up his guitar, puts down the guitar," describes Jorgensen. "All the while, his prerecorded percussion loops are going, and then he puts that down and might throw a little mandolin or another instrument in there."

In addition to contributing to 200 to 300 albums by various artists, Pevar has performed with elite musicians such as Ray Charles, Joe Cocker, Marc Cohn, Rickie Lee Jones, Jefferson Starship, Jazz Is Dead, Crosby, Stills and Nash and Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh.

"With all that experience, he brings a deep sense of groove and ... a real soulful element," says Jorgensen.

Jorgensen's own versatile vocals are well-suited to Pevar's musical dexterity.

"When he's doing his magic, I can stand up and support him," she says.

Bohemian Soul is recording its debut album, to be released at the end of the year.

OSF Green Shows are free. Tickets to the art salon, featuring artworks by Jorgensen, Paul Nash and Kevin Christman in addition to the live music, are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Advance tickets are available at Music Coop in Ashland. The art salon opens at 6:30 p.m. Call 541-821-4861.

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