The Sound Sessions is Ottawa’s newest concert series! Featuring artists who are creating unique and inspiring music with utmost skill and passion. The Sound Sessions is pleased to announce its first show featuring highly passionate and virtuosic guitar ensemble, Duo Waqay, the hauntingly beautiful and enchanting sounds of Nicole Levebvre on solo piano and the mesmerizing and hypnotic solo pedal steel guitar work of Chime of Wrens.
Known for their unique and imponderable connectivity while playing together, Duo Waqay has perfected their duality over the course of the past 9 years. Guitarists Gabriela Iznardo and Alejandro Vega have been performing alongside one another since early adolescence and are both graduates of the University of Ottawa for Performance Guitar. While growing up playing together, they developed an inseparable bond; connected by their love for guitar and their latin heritage, they quickly discovered their passion for Latin American and Spanish rhythms. The fusion of Alejandro’s Cuban heritage and Gabriela’s Peruvian and Argentinian background lead to the creation of a unique sound which sparks energy and creativity into the hearts of their audience. It is this very fusion of culture which created their name “Duo Waqay”, a Quechuan word that means “The cry and timbre of a musical instrument”. Although they have been playing together for almost a decade, 2017 marked the debut of their professional performance career and brought some new and captivating repertoire which they are so very excited to share with their audiences.
Nicole Lefebvre is a pianist and composer from Halifax, Nova Scotia, now residing in Almonte, Ontario. As a self-taught pianist with over 20 years of experience, her style is a melange of various influences. Her debut solo piano album, “White Water”, was released in March 2014 and ranges from dreamy and ambient soundscapes to intense and aggressive breakdowns. Her music has been described by listeners as “hauntingly beautiful”, “enchanting”, and “emotionally captivating”. Nicole also contributes her unique brand of piano to the Ottawa-based post-metal project, “Destroy Clocks”.
Chime Of Wrens
Chime of Wrens is the solo instrumental project of Tom Thompson (Orienteers, Lost to the River, Still Winter Hills) in which he takes the pedal steel guitar out of its traditional context. His live experiments involve layering pedal steel parts in order to create an orchestra of sound that can be hypnotic and serene or eery and menacing depending on his frame of mind.
Doors at 8:00, show at 8:30