Source: Women From Space Festival.
Toronto’s beloved Women From Space Festival is about to reach their first major milestone. This March, their rich celebration of adventurous music and gender diversity turns five years years old and they’ll be marking the occasion with an inspired line-up of eclectic, curious-eared music that stretches over four nights, March 8th to 11th 2023. Each evening will unfold at 918 Bathurst, home to Toronto institution the Music Gallery.
The first batch of acts to be announced for their stellar 2023 edition includes the launch of a new recording of vocal works by legendary Canadian experimentalist and instrument inventor Gayle Young featuring Montréal singer Sarah Albu.
Also featured is the duo of two revered improvisers and chairs of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), former chair, flutist Nicole Mitchell, and current chair, percussionist Coco Elysses. Virtuoso Aiyun Huang will give a program of contemporary percussion works by celebrated composers Zosha Di Castri, David Bithell and Chris Mercer. Meanwhile acclaimed composer and sound-artist Seylon Stills offers an interdisciplinary collaboration with dancer Bee Pallomina and puppeteer/ polymath Kristine White. The ubiquitous Karen Ng—an unbelievably versatile saxophonist who has worked with everyone from the GRAMMY-nominated Lido Pimienta to Seth Graham and more eaze’s —__–___ joins Dutch guitarist Jasper Stadhouders (Dave Rempis, Jaap Blonk, Ken Vandermark) for what promises to be riveting spontaneous exchanges. Meanwhile, the festival’s very own Bea Labikova presents her solo endeavour Mt. Joy, an otherworldly, contemplative winds-driven affair.