March 2019 Music

March 2019 Music
Silence Presents: Canadian Women Composers Project

Sunday March 24, 2019

Doors at 1:30 PM
Concert at 2:00 PM

Tickets available here. 

The Canadian Women Composers (CWC) Project is a non-for-profit organization dedicated to bringing greater awareness to vocal music by Canadian women founded in 2016 by Canadian soprano Clarisse Tonigussi. In the 2018/19 Toronto season, The CWC Project is continuing to support the music of Canadian women in a concert series spanning multiple genres: from folk to opera.

The CWC Project concert with Silence Presents features Toronto based jazz singer Laura Swankey and a band of Canadian female jazz musicians behind her. The music on the programme is written by local female/ female-identifying/ non-binary composers including Lieke van der Voort, Tova Kardonne, and Juliet Palmer, some of whom have been commissioned by The CWC Project to write works for the performance.

Laura Swankey

Canadian vocalist/ composer/ improviser Laura Swankey is known for her versatility, creativity and open mindedness. She has worked with artists such Juno award-winner Mike Murley, Mark Feldman, Poet Laureate Dennis Lee, Christine Duncan and Ralph Alessi, and premiered works by Juliet Palmer, Elio Villafranca and Mike McCormick. Recently Laura has been collaborating with and touring through Canada, parts of America and Scandinavia with Proxemics, Star Triptych, Jazz Bras Dot Com and her own ensemble.

2018 holds four album releases for Laura: EP Once More featuring music Laura has been developing for solo voice and electronics, Volume II with Toronto’s Collective Order (with support for Toronto Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts), Rivers (Barnyard Records) with music by Juliet Palmer, and Veryan Weston’s The Make Project (Barnyard Records).

This will also be an exciting year of performances including an extensive fall tour around Ontario and Quebec with the European-Canadian ensemble, Proxemics. Laura will spend most of June as a resident artist at Toronto’s Artscape Gibraltar Point continuing to develop new music for her solo project. This music is a continuation of the etherial sound world she has been developing in various collaborative projects over several years. Combining acoustic and processed voice to create soundscapes underneath simple, ernest melodies and stories, the sound that is minimalist at some moments, can be dense, raw and abrasive at others.

As she continues forward as an active member of the Toronto music scene, Laura continues to focus on fully exploring imagination within her voice; to exploit it’s full capacity in both live and studio settings, as a solo singer and collaborator.

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