in/fuse 21: Anna Atkinson
Lambton Tower, Studio A - Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 7:30pm
The in/fuse series of multimedia performance events continues on Thursday, September 25 at 7:30pm in Lambton Studio A. The event will feature performances by artist-in-residence Anna Atkinson and School of Creative Arts faculty member Brent Lee. Admission is free.
Anna Atkinson is a singer, instrumentalist, actor and writer currently based in Toronto. Since graduating from the University of Victoria department of music in 2008, she has contributed to dozens of projects, both as a live performer and as a highly regarded session player.
“The next time you’re listening to one more earnest song set to guitar, keyboard and a bordering-on-anonymous rhythm section and it begins to feel like taking medicine, consider this a potent chaser. This Toronto-based songwriter and multi-instrumentalist (viola, violin, Wurlitzer piano) is the least earthbound artist we’ve heard in ages: fanciful lyrics, soaring vocals, and the only rhythm section within earshot is your own heartbeat.” -- John Sakamoto, Toronto Star
In June 2011, she released Mooniture, her debut CD recorded with producer Brent Bodrug, to critical acclaim. It was featured on the Toronto Star's Anti-Hit List, and continues to receive frequent play on CBC radio, in particular The Signal and As It Happens.
Since 2010 Anna has been a member of the Stratford Festival. She performed onstage as violinist and accordionist in that season's revival of Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well And Living In Paris, and in 2011 was a contributing composer and performer on stage in The Grapes of Wrath. In 2013, she was featured as the eponymous fiddler in Fiddler On The Roof. Other theatre credits include BOBLO (Kitchenband) and Brent Carver’s Cabaret (Soulpepper). In Spring of 2014, along with Andrew Penner of Toronto-based duo Sunparlour Players, Anna composed the score for Motion 58 Productions’ film Eadweard.
Brent Lee is a composer, saxophonist, and media artist whose work explores the relationships between sound, image, and technology. He has created more than one hundred works, ranging from interactive media pieces to orchestral music to film soundtracks, He is co-founder of the Noiseborder Ensemble, and has performed as a saxophonist and audio artist in festivals in Canada, The United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Italy.