Improvising musicians are among the most creative people in the world. They thrive in the unknown. Rise past a challenge. Express themselves best in the moment. Lock them down? Their art will flourish.
From June 19 – 28, Tenacity with 85 artists in 12 free shows, was all about flourishing, creating in the moment, and overcoming adversity with art.
While we couldn’t enjoy a golden sunset and star-filled evening in Confederation Park, or share the intimacy of the NAC’s Fourth Stage, but we always had the music, and the creative artists who can transport the listener into magic spaces of the mind. Combined with pre-recorded and live performances, the end result is a high-quality professional production. Local animators enhanced some of the pre-recorded performances with stunning visuals.
We invite you to review a dozen unforgettable musical presentations, where we delved into the heart of improvisation and creative collaboration online. Each performance preceded or followed a live conversation with the principal artists, conducted by journalist James Hale of DownBeat magazine.
Free Improvisation experiment with Kris Davis, Lina Allemano, and Anna Webber – We’ve gathered three masters of the moment and set them to work…
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Kellylee Evans – LockedDown/OpenedUp feat. Seamus Blake – Ottawa-based singer Kellylee Evans is no stranger to adversity, so she put this time of lockdown to great use, crossing musical boundaries in a safe and socially distanced way… View the video