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Fjóla Evans


Fjóla Evans is a Canadian/Icelandic composer and cellist. Her work explores the visceral physicality of sound while drawing inspiration from patterns of natural phenomena. Autocorrect describes her work as a “texturing fog.” Commissions and performances have come from musicians such as Bang on a Can All-Stars pianist Vicky Chow, Quince Ensemble, and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Her work has been featured on the MATA Festival, Bang on a Can Marathon, Ung Nordisk Musik, and the American Composers Orchestra’s SONiC Festival.

As a performer, she has presented her own work at Cluster Festival of New Music, (le) poisson rouge, and at Toronto’s Music Gallery. Fjóla has participated in residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts, and KulturKontakt Austria, among others. Her work has been supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts and the SOCAN Foundation. She has studied composition with Julia Wolfe, cello performance with Matt Haimovitz, and completed a graduate degree in composition at the Yale School of Music in 2018.

Recent projects include a collaboration with animator Amanda Bonaiuto on a new work for Echo Chamber, the premiere of The Visitor for Toronto’s Continuum Ensemble and TorQ Quartet, and the release of Bearthoven’s recording of Shoaling on Cantaloupe Music. Fjóla is the 2017 winner of the Robert Fleming Prize—an award given by the Canada Council for the Arts to one composer annually.

The Visitor

For six percussion and six low strings
Cue spots: 6:40-8:18, 10:45-12:10

Commissioned by Continuum Contemporary Music with support from the Canada Council for the Arts
Premiered on January 21, 2018 by Continuum Ensemble with the TorQ Percussion Quartet, Ryan Scott and Rob Power at 918 Bathurst, Toronto

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For prepared piano solo
Cue spots: 2:42-4:17, 6:44-7:53, 9:11-10:49

Commissioned by Vicky Chow with the support of the Ontario Arts Council
Premiered on October 27, 2016, Roulette, NYC
Performed by Vicky Chow at the Banff Centre For the Arts, August 2017

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For sextet
Cue spots: 0:00-0:40, 1:39-2:35, 7:52-9:01

Maria Luisk – alto flute, Michael Moy – bass clarinet, Matt Keown – vibraphone, Sophiko Simsive – piano, Kyungah Oh – violin, Yiqiu Chen – cello

Commissioned by Elizabeth and Justus Schlichting
Premiered on June 24, 2017, during the Eighth Blackbird Creative Lab, Ojai, CA

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