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Artists Ida Toninato

Montréal-based saxophonist, composer and improviser Ida Toninato has an ear for the unknown, exploring reverberant spaces with which she develops artistic partnerships and a strong sense of bonding. Driven by the low roar of her desire to immerse in sound and space, Toninato’s playing is electric — an expression of her need to orient the sound she is making to the environment she is in, and to the musicians she is with. For her, the act of creation is a ritual, invoking deep listening, imagination, and action. After years of playing contemporary music with various collaborators, she has dived head first into pursuing a music after her own daring musical intuitions. Her debut full length record Strangeness is Gratitude, released on Kohlenstoff Records in April 2016, planted her firmly in the underground experimental scene with an enthusiastic reception from critics, artists and a growing fanbase. In addition to her solo compositions, Toninato writes music for dance performances, movies and theatre plays. She performs actively with laptop musician Ana Dall’Ara-Majek as Jane/KIN, creating performances that mix spatialisation and improvisation, and will release her second album The Space Between Us with viola/viola d’amore player Jennifer Thiessen in early 2018. She earned a Doctorate in interpretation from University of Montréal in 2013 and regularly performs with Ensemble SuperMusique, Joker choir and Productions Totem Contemporain.

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Ida Toninato

Strasbourg (Bas-Rhin, France), 1981

Residence: Montréal (Québec)

  • Composer
  • Performer (baritone saxophone)

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Ida Toninato, photo: Robin Pineda Gould, Montréal (Québec), 2015
Ida Toninato, photo: Robin Pineda Gould, Montréal (Québec), 2015
  • Ensemble SuperMusique during the public workshop, photo: Céline Côté, Montréal (Québec), May 7, 2017
  • Ensemble SuperMusique, during the public workshop, plays the piece Les états conducted by Joane Hétu, photo: Céline Côté, Montréal (Québec), May 7, 2017
  • Ensemble SuperMusique, during the public workshop, plays the piece Collision conducted by Danielle Palardy Roger, photo: Céline Côté, Montréal (Québec), May 7, 2017
  • Ensemble SuperMusique during the public workshop, under the direction of Jean Derome, photo: Céline Côté, Montréal (Québec), May 7, 2017
  • Ensemble SuperMusique plays the piece En arrivant par le nuage de Oort, photo: Céline Côté, Montréal (Québec), April 6, 2017
  • Ensemble SuperMusique, under the direction of Lisa Cay Miller, plays the piece Water Carrier, photo: Céline Côté, Montréal (Québec), April 6, 2017
  • Ensemble SuperMusique plays the piece Préoccupant, c’est préoccupant, photo: Céline Côté, Montréal (Québec), April 6, 2017
  • Ida Toninato, Jennifer Thiessen, photo: Romuald Chéchin, 2017

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