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6:30 Resonance | Jiajia Li and Kayra Caner
Flutist Jiajia Li joins forces with composer/pianist Kayra Caner for an evening of premieres! Jiajia will be premiering a solo flute work dedicated to her by Brazilian composer Caio Facó, and Kayra will be premiering her own composition “La Vita”. Jiajia & Kayra will then play an improvisation together inspired by their solo works.
8:00 Noise Sensitivity Research | Whitney Ota
Recalling sounds of the early electronic music era, Whitney Ota will perform detailed and textural music utilizing a modular synthesizer.
9:30 FREEjazz | Mark DeJong and Simon Fisk
Mark DeJong/Simon Fisk “Ruminations as the embers glow” The nature of the music by this duo is based on improvisation following various themes, which can be pre-determined, conversational, intuitive and through-composed. Works will vary in length from less than a minute to infinity.
Kayra Caner was born in 1998 in Istanbul, Turkey. She started to play the piano at age 5. She also practiced guitar for 3 years and studied vocal for 5 years. In 2010, she participated in Pera International Piano Festival in Istanbul. In 2014, she was a guest as a young musician at “Açık Radyo” radio station. From 2007 to 2015, she completed the 7 grades of ABRSM piano performance examinations and grade 5 of ABRSM theory examination. In 2015, became a student of pianist Kadir Batu Ekmekçi and studied piano with him for 5 years. Since 2016, studying composition and sound design with Tolga Tüzün, Tolga Zafer Özdemir, Yiğit Özatalay, Oğuz Usman and Enis Gümüş at Istanbul Bilgi University. And also studied piano performance with pianist Deniz Kaya and completed Grade 8 piano performance exam of ABRSM. Additionally, participated the classes of music production and recording with Mine Erkaya, mix & mastering with Micheal Timothy Nielsen, songwriting with Başak Yavuz, jingle writing with Ömer Ahunbay, physics of sound with Ruhan Alpaydın and jazz composition with Selen Gülün at Bilgi University. With the original work “Revolve”, she got accepted for “Sesin Yolculuğu” Festival as a young composer in 2020. She got selected to work with ensemble Oerknal (Netherlands); two original pieces – “Around” and “Pont de la Concorde” – got performed and recorded by the ensemble. Moreover, “Pont de la Concorde” got selected to be a part of “Bilgi New Music Festival 12”. She completed her Bachelor’s in music composition and sound engineering at Istanbul Bilgi University in 2021 and currently, she is a graduate composition student and a graduate teaching assistant at University of Calgary.
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 “Stingray Classical Artist in Residency” at National Music Centre and 2016 recipient of Canada’s “Juno” music award micro grant. Since finishing school in Germany and moving to Calgary in 2014, Jiajia has forged her identity through music and performance, cutting across a wide range of modern musical experimentations and traditions. Tapping into contemporary music, improvisation and electronic music, Jiajia’s performances have run the gamut from concert hall appearances with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra to improvised shows with the experimental concert series Bug Incision. Jiajia has appeared in festivals including Sled Island, Calgary New Music Festival, and The Works Festival.
Whitney Ota has been recording and performing under the name WKO for a little over two years, exploring and synthesizing sounds using a modular synthesizer, as well as other instruments. He will be performing a composition recalling the early sounds of electronic music, when it was pushing boundaries through musique concrete, elektronische, computer music, minimal and microsound techniques.
Mark DeJong is a saxophonist, composer, and bandleader. He holds degrees in saxophone performance from the University of Calgary, (BMus) and jazz performance from Rutgers University (MMus). Active as a performer, composer and educator throughout North America, Mark has numerous recordings and appearances at festivals across the country. As a composer, his music has been featured on CBC radio, and he has co-led groups in various configurations across the country. He was featured as a soloist with the Saskatoon Symphony and Sarah Slean, and has toured with the Shuffle Demons, appearing at the Panama and Havana Jazz festivals. He appeared as a feature artist at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai China, as well as the famous Blue Note in New York. He has shared the stage with Quincy Troupe, Ray Charles, Lenny Pickett, Kenny Wheeler, Brad Turner, Campbell Ryga, Ian Tyson, Wayne Newton, Rob McConnell, Moe Koffman, Ralph Bowen, Sean Jones, Hugh Fraser, Jens Lindeman, Tommy Banks, PJ Perry and many others.
Simon Fisk is a bassist, mad scientist and coffee lover. His recording credentials have been extensive over the past 30 years, including work with Jerry Granelli, Chris Gestrin, David Braid, Mark DeJong, Robin Tufts, Sheldon Zandboer and many more. Fisk toured as the bassist with acclaimed Canadian pianist Michael Kaeshammer, performing with Kaeshammer, as well as his own trio, all over the world. He is also a regular feature with famed drummer Jerry Granelli, collaborating on 4 albums. His debut outing Trainwrecks (2002) and his fifth outing You and Yours (2007) were both nominated as the outstanding jazz recording for the WCMA awards in their respective years. Most recently, he has developed a highly sought after business creating in-ear monitors for musicians all over the world, known as Plunge Audio.