Curated by Jiajia Li & Laura Reid
A genre-blurring series providing a stage for new sound creation.
Friday, November 22, 2019
Connection and contrast, acoustic and electronic, eternal and ephemeral. This night will present four performers in a variety of combinations, aiming to create an ongoing and unfolding soundscape, challenging expectations of formalized music performance. These musicians will be creating sounds and visuals specifically for this space and this performance, a sort of collective experiment debut. A night for open ears and curious minds.
Classically-trained flutist Jiajia Li is being praised as "one of the city's finest and most adventurous flautists”. She was the 2019 recipient of the classical music residency at National Music Centre; 2016 recipient of Canada’s “Juno” music award micro grant; and the prize winner of “Prinzessin Margaret von Hessen” competition (Germany). Since her arrival in Calgary in 2014, Jiajia has forged her identity through music and performance, cutting across a wide range of modern musical experimentations and traditions. Currently a faculty member at the Mount Royal University Conservatory, Jiajia is an active performer in the city and has appeared in festivals including Sled Island, Calgary New Music Festival, and The Works.
Whitney Ota has a number of musical projects including psychedelic rock band Burro, and synthesizer projects Yankee Yankee and Dada Centauri. He is formerly the Music Director at CJSW 90.9 FM radio.
Classically trained violinist Laura Reid is a versatile and active member of Calgary's music community. She has an established place in Calgary's Classical scene, with eight years playing as a member of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and countless performances and collaborative work with small ensembles in the city. Her musical efforts extend beyond standard Classical repertoire, having recorded for film scores Empyrean and Circle of Steel, albums for Cam Penner, AM Static, Rachel Fannan, Ethan Cole, The Northwest Passage, performed with Patrick Watson, Sarah Slean, Hermitess, Astral Swans and for the experimental music series Bug Incision. Not confined to performance pursuits, she teaches violin and coaches student chamber groups and hosts the NCRA Best Classical Programming award winning radio show Unprocessed on CJSW 90.9FM.
Krzysztof Sujata is a local musician working within the ambient and electronic genres. Sujata’s works largely involve the use of loops and repetition, creating variety and change in often static elements, and weaving those elements into dynamic structures. Making use of synthesizers, guitars, piano and voice, it is highly melodic music hinting at stories that never quite materialize.