The Giving Shapes, Vancouver-based duo, will be opening the evening with their evocative arrangements, followed by Ontario-based trio, Annie Sumi, Neil Whitford and Jillian Sauerteig, this bill playfully explores the imaginative realm of sound and story.
The Giving Shapes is a collaborative project between harpist/vocalist Elisa Thorn and pianist/vocalist Robyn Jacob that formed in fall 2017 at the Banff Centre for the Arts. Forming a bridge between their classical training and their explorations within the Canadian creative and indie music scenes, their sound reflects their broad influences from artists including Nico Muhly, Bjork, Jonny Greenwood, David Lang and Caroline Shaw.
Annie Sumi is an ethereal-folk artist with a unique ability to capture the subtleties of nature and spin them into melodies. Her latest release, In the Unknown, is a collection of stories that speak to the journey of the human experience. Since the release of her debut album, she has received nominations for "New/Emerging Artist of the Year" (Canadian Folk Music Awards, 2018), "Best Singer-Songwriter" (TIMAs, 2015), "New/Emerging Artist of the Year" (Hidden Roots Collective, CFMAs, 2017), and more. Accompanied by Jillian Sauerteig and Neil Whitford across Western Canada, this trio has developed a soundscape that playfully explores the wild spaces of this country.