2018 Guest Artists
Jane/Kin is where saxophone player and vocalist Ida Toninato meets with laptop musician and Foley artist Ana Dall’Ara-Majek. Their music stands between instrumental, electronic, drone and sounds found on the road. The musicians are long time collaborators and have navigated between contemporary music, improvisation and on-stage performance with dancers. They invent and create their language as they go, and have an album solo each on the label Kohlenstoff. Oscillating between dark drones and metal-like melodies, Jane/Kin’s music takes its time to construct a startling resonance.
Elizabeth Lima and Gabriel Dharmoo
Gabriel Dharmoo is a composer, vocalist, improviser and researcher. He was awarded the Canada Council for the Arts Jules Léger (2017) and Robert Fleming Prize (2011), the MusCan Student Composer Competition (2017), the SOCAN Jan V. Matejcek Award (2016), the Fernand-Lindsay Prix d'Europe composition prize (2011) as well as 6 prizes from the SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers. His works have been performed in Canada, the U.S.A, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Spain, Poland, Australia, Singapore and South Africa. His work as a singer and interdisciplinary artist led to his performative solo Anthropologies imaginaires, awarded at the Amsterdam Fringe Festival (2015) and the SummerWorks Performance Festival (2016). As a vocalist, Gabriel has sung across Canada, in Sydney (Australia), Cardiff (Wales), Berlin and Köln (Germany), Oslo (Norway), St-Louis (USA) as well as Amsterdam and Utrecht (Netherlands). He is an associate composer at the Canadian Music Centre as well as a member of SOCAN and the Canadian League of Composers. He is currently enrolled in Concordia University's PhD "Individualized Program" with Sandeep Bhagwati (Music), Noah Drew (Theatre) and David Howes (Anthropology).
The centrepiece of Elizabeth Lima's improvisational practice (voice and clarinet) is the emotional response to sound: the human experience and interconnection shared amongst musicians and with the audience. She creates performances in which traditional and extended techniques are combined with theatrical elements. Elizabeth pursued a mentorship with Phil Minton and Maggie Nicols (UK) in 2016. She performs regularly as a soloist as a member of the improvisation orchestra le GGRIL (Rimouski), the duo Framboos (Quebec-Montreal) and Joker: chorale bruitiste directed by Joane Hêtu (Montreal).