Olivia Shortt, saxophonist.
Six degrees of separation: This is a recital featuring and celebrating the wonderful creative artists that I've met over the last few years and is a celebration of previously commissioned works as well as some new works by myself. Exciting and beautiful works by Finola Merivale, Olivia Shortt, Stephanie Orlando among others for solo saxophone.
The gorgeous aftermath of a choose-your-own-adventure book with composers: Guess which composer was someone that I met in an art museum in Massachusetts and would later cat-sit for in New York City over the holidays? Guess which composer wrote me a piece that was performed in a church in Melbourne? Guess which saxophones will be featured?
Photo credit: Alejandro Santiago
Olivia Shortt (They/She): Anishinaabe, Nipissing First Nation) is a Tkarón:to-based artist. They work as an artist manager for Clifton Joseph Guidry III, as well as a performer, saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, improviser, composer, sound designer, theatre artist, teacher, activist, curator, and producer.
They are currently working with the JACK Quartet as a commissioned composer in the inaugural JACK Studio. The premiere was intended to be performed on May 2, 2020 at the Kaufman Center, NYC as part of the Ecstatic Music festival but has been postponed to 2021 due to COVID-19.
They have performed in a variety of places and venues all over the world. They made their Australian debut in 2017, performing new Canadian and Australian works for saxophone and Ondes Martinot, in Melbourne, with keyboardist Jacob Abela; They made their Lincoln Center debut in New York City, performing Michael Pisaro’s A Wave and Waves, with the International Contemporary Ensemble; they made their film debut, acting and playing saxophone, in acclaimed filmmaker Atom Egoyan’s 2019 film Guest of Honour; and recorded an album with their duo Stereoscope, consisting of Robert Lemay’s composition Fragments Noirs two kilometres underground in the SnoLAB (an underground laboratory specializing in Neutrinos and dark matter physics in Northern Ontario, Canada). Their own performance-art-storytelling-work has been featured at Native Earth's Performing Arts' Weesageechak Festival, Upintheair Theatre’s e-Volver Festival, Paprika Festival and the Vector Festival.
This Noon Hour Concert series is proudly sponsored by