Creation project: Slow Corruption
Jennifer Thiessen viola, viola da gamba; Ida Toninato, barytone saxophone; Andrew Reed Miller, contrabass
From experimenting in abandoned buildings to performing in concert halls around the world, Ida Toninato and Jennifer Thiessen cultivate an ongoing conversation in sound. Unconcerned with genre, definition, scene, or expectation, these two skilled musicians confront the contrasts of their individual instruments and attitudes to speak and listen dynamically. Conversing in sound and silence, their tools are strings, reeds, wood, metal, breath and body. The unexpected union of baritone saxophone and viola d’amore, with opposing idiomatic timbres and tendencies, provides fascinating material for creative debate and surprising agreement. The addition of human voices intensifies the palette of possibility for deep interaction.