Projects

The Gahu Project

The Gahu Project   is a racial justice community music initiative in the Waterloo Region of Southwestern Ontario that brings together local youth, professional artists and arts organizations to explore and discover the music of Ghana and engage in participatory music making through a presentation of Gahu.

I am the principal investigator for the research component of this project. The research uses arts-based participatory action research to centre the voices of African, Caribbean, and Black identifying students in examining how The Gahu Project affects high school climates from a racial justice lens. The research component of The Gahu Project is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

 

Past Projects

Echo Women’s Choir
guest conductor, 2015 Season

Echo Women’s Choir isn’t a project–they’ve been around 20 years, and I’ve been lucky enough to be a guest conductor periodically over the last five years. Echo is a non-audition 4-part women’s choir that performs repertoire from many musical traditions around the world. I’ve loved being a member of Echo for the last seven years, and it’s been amazing to have a chance to conduct this incredible group of 80 women.

“Choir”

I was a founding member in the perpetually unnamed choir established by Fides Krucker, accompanied by Tania Gill. Other than that we’re a group of people singing together, this ‘choir’ defied choirs in almost every way, through intensive individual voice work, movement, and improvisation. The repertoire largely reinterpreted popular songs from the twentieth century, from Billie Holiday to the Beatles to Leonard Cohen. Performances took place in women’s shelters in Toronto, encouraging interaction and mutual learning and sharing as well as singing and listening.

Povera Chamber Ensemble

Performing with Malcolm Dalglish in Hymnody of Earth
April, 2010
Established and conducted by Alan Gasser

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August 27 & 28, 2010
Semi-staged house concert in Leslieville!

“a hedonistically divine evening capable of stoking a lustful fire, and healing a broken heart.”

featuring singers Jen Cook and Deanna Yerichuk

Watch it all come together and watch it all unravel for singers Jen Cook and Deanna Yerichuk, joined by Tania Gill on piano and Chris Banks on bass. The music-based performance features piano and vocal works spanning classical, jazz, music theatre and pop songs, interspersed with text and stories.

Friday and Saturday, August 27 & 28, 2010

Doors: 6:30 pm
Show: 7:00 pm
Drinks and treats served after

Location:
103 Dagmar Avenue (near Pape and Dundas St. East)

Tickets: $15 at the door

Space is limited.  To reserve your tickets, call (416) 428-9119 or email undonecabaret@gmail.com

What audience members are saying:

  • “delightful, funny, and welcoming”
  • “skilfully entertaining from the first note to the last”
  • “hear-in-my-throat powerful”

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